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2 term max for state senators, reps

We are blessed to be able to freely share our ideas and concerns in public forums like this newspaper. Many places in the world do not enjoy this freedom. We owe this to our Founders, who had lived under the English king’s rules, and made this right a law in the new United States.

On Feb. 27, 1951, the 22nd Amendment to the Constitution of the United States was ratified. It begins “No person shall be elected to the office of the president more than twice, and …” This amendment was the expressing of the fear of the people that one person might be elected to many successive presidential terms to the detriment of the country. They were right!

I believe if the offices of senator and representative had been included in this amendment, that our country would not be dealing with the problems that come with people who have decided to become professional politicians, some holding office for decades. They convince the people that they need experienced leaders.

What history has shown is that this practice encourages corruption and gridlock, along with a very long list of other serious problems connected to the long-term wielding of power at the national level. Both major parties share equally in this. Sadly, reelection is the main goal for many of these folks.

Lobbyists control huge amounts of money, which can be used to buy support for actions that are not in the interest of the country at large but are certainly in the interest of those receiving the money.

We have many fine Americans who could and would serve a term or two in Congress and then go back to private life. A simple change like that would take power away from the professional influence brokers and place it in the hands of those we elect to serve, briefly!

Randall Davis,

Denton

Ulterior motives behind new policy?

According to our president, ICE has been tasked with finding, arresting and deporting huge numbers of illegal immigrants who have recently arrived in this country.

Did you know that:

  • Forty-five percent of illegal immigrants are those who have over stayed their visas.
  • These individuals are tracked by US-VISIT — so we know something about their locations.
  • Typically, this huge group of illegal immigrants is well educated and financially well off — so they have many advantages and are left alone.
  • Eighty-five percent of all illegal immigrants have at least one family member who is a U.S. citizen.
  • Two-thirds of all undocumented immigrants have been here for over a decade.

When the above facts are considered, what are the real reasons for this current tweeted policy to be put into operation? Could it be that the president and his supporters are most interested in attacking poor people of color in dramatic cruel ways?

John Hipple,

Denton

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