Term limits (proposed in Duluth) are still a bad idea

  • Article by: Editorial Board , Star Tribune
  • Updated: July 9, 2013 - 6:14 PM

This bad idea should not get a toehold in Minnesota.

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ericgus55Jul. 9, 13 8:27 PM

Term limits are a ridiculous idea. If voters think someone has been around too long, they can vote them out. All it does is deprive us of employees (they work for us and at our discretion) with experience.

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owatonnabillJul. 9, 13 9:19 PM

Unlimited terms give us careerists. Term limits gives us public servants. Which is more desirable?

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SeaSharkJul. 10, 13 1:46 AM

ELI MILETICH apparently doesn't know or care that the USA already has a term limits protocol called "elections" that's worked pretty well since 1776. Minnesota voters should continue to decide how long their local public office holders serve, rather than have their choices restricted by term limits laws. Miletich's contention that his Duluth city charter proposal isn't a predatory personal attack on Mayor Don Ness is difficult to believe, and the proposal should be rejected by the city's Charter Commission.

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jimmyblueJul. 10, 13 7:34 AM

This is the recurring problem of all politics. We desperately need term limits for all politicians state and federal. These individuals milk the system vote down party lines so they can make a career out of it when its a honor not a job to serve your government. Its called accountability! we need new faces with fresh ideas not the same ole same ole. If we give them term limits maybe they will get off their butts and actually for once get something done. Of course the same ole liberal views come from Sweeney, Klingensmith, and Gillespie. How many old, out dated politicians are still in office pitching ideas from a by gone era?? I can think of ten off the top of my head who should have been shown the door decades ago but milked the system to stay in office way to long. Term limits is exactly what Duluth, Minnesota and the country need so we can have fresh faces with fresh ideas and get rid of the same old policies that have grid locked our government for decades. Maybe if they know they only have a certain amount of time in office they will ACTUALLY GET SOMETHING DONE! The Startribune needs different executives who are not so pathetically democrat and liberal. That's why our country us in such a mess. Its your job to report all sides and opinions not just the democrat and liberal sides. And they wonder why circulation is down.

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stplooklistnJul. 10, 13 9:01 AM

Don't care either way about term limits but this Ness adoration is a bit much. He pushes for new, new, new while ignoring the crumbling infrastructure. He wastes big litigation money over and over again against the Casino and loses every time.He stood by while the school district spent an obscene amount of money 315million without a vote on buildings, saying it was a different govt body and he couldn't get involved. But now he organizes community meetings to get a referendum passed. There is a feeding system in Duluth. Watch the Zeppa foundation grads move to City Council to State Govt positions. Yup,, career politicians.

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jphaunJul. 10, 13 9:34 AM

Term limits are the answer to gridlock. There is no incentive for compromise when most incumbents are assured of reelection. With some luck, the occupation of "career politician" would go the way of the buggy whip.

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zekim09Jul. 10, 1310:04 AM

How are term limits the answer to gridlock? If a politician knows that he isn't facing re-election, why should he compromise?

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bannedmuggsJul. 10, 1310:32 AM

Term limits are a ridiculous idea. If voters think someone has been around too long, they can vote them out. All it does is deprive us of employees (they work for us and at our discretion) with experience. =============================== eric - now try to get with reality. Americans are complacent and do not vote anyone out of office. Its not about performance or anything. Its about voting for the incumbent. There are plenty of studies done on this subject. I live in the 4th District. Betty McCollum is my representative and if you go on vote tracker and look at what she's done in 12 or 13 years - NOTHING. Last election, a very solid candidate was running against her and he didn't even come close. Why? No reason. When asked voters did not know what McCollum had done or hadn't done and voted for her just because she had been a rep for 12 or 13 years. Issues, record, etc. did not mean a thing. Now do you have any reality to counter your "ridiculous" statement?

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jd55604Jul. 10, 1310:37 AM

Without term limits, the 51% tends to tyrannize the 49% without there being any recourse.

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yomammyJul. 10, 1310:44 AM

SeaShark said --->ELI MILETICH apparently doesn't know or care that the USA already has a term limits protocol called "elections" that's worked pretty well since 1776.<--- Let's try to put this into context....back in 1776 running the government was a part time "job". Today we have career politicians and criminal amounts of money being spent to buy elections as opposed to the best candidate getting the job. Term limits would limit the power of these career politicians and put the power back where it belongs...at the bottom.

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