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Question of the Day: Do You Support Term Limits

Should an automatic limit be imposed because incumbents have too much of an advantage or should the voters decide each time during the election process?

Question: Do You Support Term Limits?

, Glen Cove residents voted down a proposition to for the Mayor and City Council from two to four years.

Many civic organizations like the idea of term limits for politicians. What do you think? Should an automatic limit be imposed because incumbents have too much of an advantage?

Or should the voters decide each time during the election process?

Patch wants to know what you think. Please add your comments below. Or, if you're into politics and want to blog on Patch, please contact us.

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cc June 20, 2011 at 02:43 PM
We have term limits for the highest office in the country BUT we can re-elect everyone else for life. Does that make sense? With out term limits it becomes more difficult to remove the incompetence of a politician as they entrench themselves with political free loaders and fill jobs for their misguided party workers. TWO TERMS IS MORE THEN ENOUGH TIME FOR THEM TO FILL THEIR POCKETS.
John Cocchiola June 20, 2011 at 04:23 PM
Yes; a career politician can do a lot of damage. For the most part, I have a Libertarian philosophy and believe that we ultimately get the government we deserve. I break from the Libertarian party line when it comes to term limits, If the electorate refuses to hold criminals like Charles Rangel accountable, then I support term limits. The longer they stay in, the more hitch hikers they gather without ever managing to shake the old ones.
pocopazzo June 21, 2011 at 01:01 PM
One argument for term limits is that more can get done without having to restart campaigning in the middle of a course of action. There is some validity to that, but some accountability to the voters can be lost. The vote to extend term limits was presented as all or nothing, Mayor plus Council. If it were extending the mayor’s term only, I would have voted Yes.
John Cocchiola June 21, 2011 at 01:04 PM
They keep trying to get that four year term through; how about accompanying it with a two term limit next time? A four year term, no more than two terms.
Stuart Jablonski June 21, 2011 at 01:39 PM
Well, at one time I believed what I was was taught in school: that term limits prevented legislators from acquiring the necessary expertise in how things are done; that just when a politician becomes effective, term limits kick in and you have to start all over again with a newbie. I then started paying attention to what was occuring in the real world, you know when I started to earn a paycheck and noticed a little something called FICA and other taxes. Term limits are necessary to prevent these rascals from buying favors with our money. When I was approached by some nice lady outside the Stop & Shop promoting term extensions, I could not help but laugh. She tried to argue that it would actually help Republicans (who were of course out of power in GC) thinking htat I was a Republican, but I assured her that I did not care who was in office, the last thing any politician needs these days is a longer leash. Good points in the other five comments.
Zefy Christopoulos June 21, 2011 at 02:52 PM
I believe that the Glen Cove Mayoral term should be four years with a two-term limit. The City Council should have two, maybe three-year terms, but definitely staggered so that taxpayers/voters have the opportunity to vote in, vote out, the councilmembers who are either sensitive to the needs of our city's taxpayers or have proven to be ineffectual. The debate on this has popped up every now and then during my 30 year residency in our wonderful city. A bipartisan commission had been appointed at one time....we should revisit the matter and bring it to the voters of Glen Cove only after numerous public hearings are held in each of our communities, and at different times of day and evening with perhaps online access to post opinions.
cc June 21, 2011 at 08:01 PM
Before we do term limits we should eliminate the mayor and city council members from running again. We need to clean house at city hall and give some fresh thoughts to surface.
Rick Smith June 23, 2011 at 01:01 PM
I do believe in term limits for every position in any governmental position in this Country - ONE. If no one were able to seek reelection, they would be able to work to the end of their term and not spend the last half of it campaigning for themselves or their party compatriots. If the terms were longer, that would make sense, since the learning time for each position can be half or more of the length of the term itself, but it should be accompanied by methods to more easily remove a corrupt of faulty politician or leader.

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