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Letter to the Editor
Saturday, April 12, 2014, 9:00 p.m.
 

Watching a news station recently, I found the best reason in the USA to demand term limits for all of Congress.

Michigan's John Dingell Jr. has served in the House of Representatives since 1955 — 29 terms. Now 87, he decided not to seek another term.

His father held the same seat from 1933 until 1955. The two had served for 82 years — unreal!

It gets better: His wife, 27 years his junior, is planning to run for the same seat.

These congressmen get entrenched, get comfortable and do nothing. Detroit is going bankrupt along with other cities in Michigan. We the people need to demand that a referendum be placed on the ballot in 2016 to put term limits in place.

Congress is not going to do it. It is too greedy and power mad. If we can get this passed, that would put an end to career politicians.

I would also add that they should receive only the retirement benefits they earned while in office, which means no lifetime health care.

They should also use their own cars and pay for their gas. All of their other perks should be scrutinized as well — expense accounts, meals, etc.

Maybe that would make them live under the same laws they make for us. Again, we need to demand this before 2016.

Julie Walczer

Delmont

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