DENVER POST, Denver, Colorado, October, 27, 1998

Politicians ignore voters’ call for term limits

 

The Denver Post’s editorial against Amendment 18 (“Vote no on term limits,” Oct. 19) was disappointing in that it missed the mark on term limits and the history of Colorado’s support for limiting politicians’ terms.

In 1994, Colorado voter‘s passed a six-year limit for members of the U.S. House of Representatives. We again voted in 1996 for these limits. What do we have to do to get elected officials to listen to our desire for term limits? Perhaps passing term 1imits a fourth time will do it.

Colorado has been well-represented in Congress with people like Bill Armstrong and Tim Wirth who did not stay forever. Even without representatives of their stature, the Founders protected small states from being overpowered by states like California, by establishing a Congress with two separate Houses.

It is arrogant to assume that “on-the-job” training is the only type of experience applicable to serving in office. Most Coloradans agree that businessmen, teachers and even journalists would bring a different type of experience to office that would be beneficial. In 1996, the Maine state legislature was made up almost entirely of new members. Former politicians, lobbyists, and journalists predicted a chaotic legislature due to ‘inexperience.” Yet somehow those ‘inexperienced” members were able to pass the budget on time for the first time in 20 years.

Colorado voters have supported term limits initiatives three times already this decade. We prefer citizen legislators to long-serving career politicians. Amendment 18 is a significant step toward achieving that goal for members of Congress. Vote YES on term limits. Vote YES on Amendment #18.

DENNIS POLHILL, co-chair, Colorado Term Limits Coalition