Was discussion on term limits necessary? | Letters
September 9, 2011 · Updated 1:57 PM
Term limits are necessary only if the political system overwhelmingly favors the incumbent who runs unopposed time and time again. By ensuring that no one person can stay in office their entire lifetime, we encourage the voters’ right to choose the candidate of their choice, encourage electing the right person for the job at the time, and encourage normal citizens to run for office. Conversely, change for the sole sake of “change” can do more harm than good.
Term limits is an issue that requires voter input. Career politicians holding discussions about term limits is tantamount to generals ordering troop maneuvers to attack when the troops are in full retreat.
Federal Way faces a variety challenges. There has been much “thoughtful discussion” (as opposed to “thoughtless discussion”) about urgent issues like building a “downtown” Federal Way. At the same time, there have been major service cutbacks and in the case of some health and human services, complete elimination. We have several hotels to support visitors, but the only event that seems to attract attention is the sand sculpting competition. We lost the extension to the regional light rail system. We have an increase in gang-related crime.
The Federal Way City Council has taken some positive steps to address the current economic situation and to improve citizen participation, but is a special session to discuss an issue like term limits something the majority of residents would approve?
As our elected leadership, you have a thankless and almost impossible task to accommodate voter concerns. At the same time, as our “elected” leadership, you have a responsibility to use your time wisely. In the face of so many other challenges, doesn’t term limits require more than a “special session?” Let’s find out what Federal Way citizens think. Why not hold a town hall event where this issue can be discussed and compared to others?
A “special session” about term limits only reinforces voter perception that political posturing and a council member’s vocal minority fan club are more important than taking constructive steps toward issues the silent majority of voters have clearly identified.
Folks, it’s time to get out your political “sand castle.” The tide is coming in.
Thom MacFarlane, Federal Way