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October 13, 2008
CITY Council needs a two-term limit. Eight years is enough. Council folks know they'll keep getting re-elected. They get the sense that they can do whatever they please, and the law no longer applies to them. They're supposed to be public servants, yet some of them are only interested in serving themselves. Joseph Wolos, Philadelphia
NEWS
April 16, 2010
WHEN anyone is elected to an office on the city, state or federal level, term limits should come into play. The voters should be able to put a candidate in for two terms - and then they have to get out. Most of these old geezers want more and more. They believe they have the power to do as they please. Deals are constantly being made behind closed doors. They all preach the same thing, "Do as I say, not as I do. " A lot of incumbents are up for re-election. I'll bet Harry Reid and that disgraceful woman Pelosi are sweating.
NEWS
June 14, 2007
STU BYKOFSKY'S column on state Rep. Mark Cohen's expense habits highlights precisely why I am an ardent supporter of term limits. Our founding fathers never intended for citizens to make a lifelong career of serving in elective office! Dale Septer, Cherry Hill The forgotten day D-Day, June 6, 1944, the invasion of Normandy. "The longest day. " The beginning of the end of World War II. June 6, 2007, the 63rd anniversary of D-Day and not a word in either the Daily News.
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March 10, 1995 | BY JASON P. GOSSELIN
Among the proposals soon to be haggled over in Congress is a measure to limit the number of terms each U.S. representative or senator would be permitted to serve. Although some may believe the 1994 elections stand as a strong argument against term limits, they remain a necessary political reform. The purpose of term limits is to change the present Washington mentality that makes self-preservation a higher goal than responsible government. If a politician approaches his job knowing that his service will be temporary, he will be more likely to look beyond narrow, parochial interests.
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October 29, 1991 | BY DAVID W. BRADY and DOUGLAS RIVERS, From the New York Times
The specter of term limits haunts politicians everywhere. Last year voters in California and Colorado approved referendums curtailing the tenure of state legislators, and the matter is now in the courts. Now an initiative in Washington State threatens to unseat House Speaker Tom Foley. Although term limits seem to have an irresistible appeal to a disgruntled electorate, many experts are skeptical. They see the idea as a Republican ploy to win a House majority, and say it would sacrifice valuable expertise by forcing experienced legislators to retire.
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April 25, 2007 | Michele Masterfano
Michele Masterfano lives and writes in Philadelphia When I drive across the Schuylkill on 34th Street, coming out of University City, I always think that the Center City towers, with the sunlight reflecting off them, looks like the Emerald City. It looks prosperous, bustling, and happy, even though you are just looking at buildings. But I've also come to realize that there really is a wizard behind the curtain pulling the levers that run the city. That wizard is not a man speaking into a booming microphone but the machine politics of this city.
NEWS
February 7, 2002 | By HARRISON J. GOLDIN
THE QUESTION of auditor independence is at the heart of the Enron fiasco. Although many of the current proposals to ensure this independence are worth considering, the best of them is one borrowed from the world of government and politics: term limits. Like elected officials in New York City and elsewhere, auditors of publicly held companies should be allowed to serve the same company for only a set number of years. An auditing firm that knew that its contract had a defined time horizon - say, five years - would have far less incentive to compromise its standards to accommodate a management whose accounting practices were questionably aggressive or problematic.
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April 18, 2011 | By Juan O. Tamayo, THE MIAMI HERALD
MIAMI - Dissidents in Cuba on Sunday dismissed Raul Castro's call for term limits, branding it an empty gesture designed actually to extend the Castro brothers' 52 years in power. The proposal, if implemented, would mean Raul Castro would have to step down as head of government in 2018, when he would be 86. His older brother Fidel transferred power to him after emergency surgery in 2006. Fidel Castro was 79 then, as his brother is now. The proposal is positive but "doesn't resolve our essential problem, which is the monopoly on power by a group whose policies have failed for 50 years," dissident economist Oscar Espinosa Chepe said by phone from Havana.
NEWS
January 21, 2011
STU, great column on the Deferred Retirement Option Plan. I'm from Northeast Philly, and you can count on me to pass the word not to vote for Verna, Rizzo, Tasco and DiCicco. These Council members are a disgrace. They are so arrogant they truly believe there's no one else out there who could do a better job than they do. The only way to stop this is to put term limits on City Council. Three are all you get, and then you have to find another office to run for - or get another job. How about another article explaining how we, the citizens of Philadelphia, can vote to put term limits on City Council - and, while we're at it, on any office that allows unlimited years in office.
NEWS
October 1, 2010
IFOR ONE AM a proud senior citizen. I've seen many come and many go. I say we need term limits to any elected office. Some of these geezers are like fixtures on the wall. Two terms and hit the road. We need some young blood in office to represent the taxpayers. Vote the bums out, the people must push for this resolution. Pat Panichelli, Philadelphia
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May 16, 2014
ATTORNEY Matt Wolfe dabbles in politics (he's a West Philly Republican ward leader who lives near Clark Park), and also dabbles in magic (card tricks are his specialty). He'll need to conjure a royal flush to win Bill Green's vacated City Council seat in Tuesday's primary. His Democratic opponent is Ed Neilson, whom Wolfe says was endorsed by the Democratic machine as a consolation prize after his state House district vanished in reapportionment. (There's also pro-pot Libertarian candidate Nikki Allen Poe, but his name didn't come up in conversation.)
NEWS
December 4, 2013
By Dan K. Thomasson, McClatchy-Tribune News Service WASHINGTON _ I'm not so sure the nation is well served these days or perhaps ever was by limiting the terms of its chief executive. It seemed like a good idea at the time following Franklin D. Roosevelt's four elections to the presidency, but the negatives, I believe, have come to outweigh the positives. That doesn't mean that I am in favor of extending the current president's tenure in the Oval Office or for that matter any particular future occupant.
NEWS
October 4, 2013
It's hard to imagine, but the Philadelphia Daily News actually overreached more in its editorial against driller XTO Energy ("Drill Seeker," Sept. 13) than Attorney General Kathleen Kane did in her filing against the company. To compare an accidental leak that, according to state and federal regulators, caused no lasting environmental impact to a West Virginia mine explosion that killed 29 workers is absurd. Let's be clear: an accident happened. The company responded immediately and cleaned the site.
NEWS
September 12, 2013
AS WE ALL try to figure out what's wrong with America, I think we forget what the Founding Fathers had in mind when they created this government. They didn't expect politicians for life with no chance of parole. They didn't expect politicians to spend more time on getting re-elected than they do on the needs of the people. They didn't expect politicians constantly giving themselves pay raises and additional perks that the rest of us don't get. They didn't expect politicians to spend more time on vacation than actually working.
NEWS
June 21, 2013
Vince Flynn, 47, who wrote the Mitch Rapp counterterrorism thriller series and sold more than 15 million books in the United States and millions more overseas, died Wednesday in Minnesota after a more than two-year battle with prostate cancer. Mr. Flynn was tending bar when he self-published his first novel, Term Limits, in 1997 after getting more than 60 rejection letters. After it became a local best-seller, Pocket Books, a Simon & Schuster imprint, signed him to a two-book deal - and Term Limits became a New York Times best-seller in paperback.
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February 24, 2013 | By Paul Haven, Associated Press
HAVANA - Cuban President Raul Castro has unexpectedly raised the possibility of leaving his post, saying Friday that he is old and has a right to retire. But he did not say when he might do so or if such a move was imminent. The Cuban leader is scheduled to be named by parliament to a new five-year term on Sunday, and he urged reporters to listen to his speech that day. "I am going to resign," Castro said at a joint appearance with visiting Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev.
NEWS
January 29, 2013
AS JANUARY WINDS down, so does that political period I call "the month of good ideas. " This, annually, is the too-limited time during which our elected officials offer grand proposals to make democracy better. They push sensible plans, which is great. But, like many New Year's resolutions, there's more promise than progress. Take the "no budget, no pay" bill passed last week by the U.S. House. Not paying members if they can't do a budget is appealing, right? Yeah, and unconstitutional.
NEWS
January 13, 2012
AS A NATIVE of Pennsylvania who now lives abroad, I wholeheartedly agree with John Baer's explanation of Rick Santorum's landslide defeat in 2006: "Pennsylvania got to know him. " Baer's statement that Rick Santorum wants to outlaw gay marriage, though, actually downplays the former senator's extremism. If he had his druthers, Santorum would outlaw gay sex between consenting adults. In discussing Lawrence v. Texas, an ultimately successful challenge to an anti-sodomy law, Santorum said that a Supreme Court finding in favor of "the right to consensual sex within your home" would be equivalent to a right to bigamy, polygamy, incest and adultery.
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December 15, 2011 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
ATLANTIC CITY - When the Revel mega-casino opens in May, many of its dealers, beverage servers and other customer service workers will be young, attractive and sexy. And a policy the casino is implementing will probably keep it that way. Applicants are being told they will have jobs for perhaps only four years at a time, after which they will have to reapply. That means competing with younger, fresher faces - a requirement that has never been made before in the 33-year history of casino gambling in Atlantic City.
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