The Journal Gazette
Saturday, January 11, 2020 1:00 am


Term limits subvert lawmaking's intent

Two recent letters have strongly supported term limits. They are mostly misguided.

One suggested members of Congress only serve one term – a folly and not warranted when elections already serve as a form of term limit. Another stated the Founding Fathers under the Constitution intended members to only serve one term. This was not intended or included, nor followed.

The average seniority of members in Congress is 10.1 years on the Senate side and 8.6 years in the House at the start of 2019. A total of 20 senators were elected in 2016 or later and 144 in the House.

Term limits would discourage better and more qualified people from seeking office. There are already too many unqualified and unethical people in Congress; we don't need more.

Under term limits, the executive branch would become a haven for corruption when the legislative branch doesn't pursue needed oversight. For legislators to conduct proper oversight requires time to build up the knowledge and experience specific to the federal government.

Building good relationships with other members of Congress, including those from the other side, takes time. Experience and knowledge are critical for providing services to constituents and offering or supporting legislation vital for the government's operation.

Focus should be on campaign finances and lobbyists, especially when it is easier for foreigners and corrupt individuals to contribute to candidates or PACs. Then there are the lobbyists, too many of whom are former members of Congress.

Gary Schepp

Fort Wayne

CHEERS to Sean O'Brien, Historic Old Fort; Robert Jones, living historian playing Gen. Anthony Wayne; Andi Hahn, living historian playing Mary Penrose Wayne; Lily Hahn, living historian playing daughter Margaretta Wayne; the entire cast of Old Fort reenactors; Lisa Morel of “Hall's Takes the Cake”; and the crowd of supporters who attended the celebration of the 275th birthday of Gen. “Mad” Anthony Wayne at the Old Fort on Jan. 1. The event literally brought history to life!


General “Mad” Anthony Wayne Organization, Inc.

State surplus should go back to the people

I believe the state budget surplus is overpayment, plain and simple. Normally, when you make an overpayment, you get a refund from any reputable business. I also believe tax rates should be lowered due to the surplus. I must be crazy to think our state government would return the surplus and lower our taxes.

Brian Todd


Constitutional rigor vital

I'm certain Sen. Mike Braun, as CEO of Meyer Distributing, insists on complete information before making a major business decision. I hope he will also insist on getting all available information during the impeachment process. Anything less rigorous will show disrespect to his constituents and the Constitution.

Tim Twiss

Fort Wayne

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