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August 2, 2012

Our readers' opinions: Aug. 2, 2012



at any cost

In a recent interview, Seward’s spokesperson, Jeff Bishop said, “Seward prefers to continue to allow voters to determine how many terms in an office a legislator should have” (The Daily Star, July 18, 2012). However, his recent actions are in blatant contradiction to this statement. He has deliberately worked to block any opponent from getting on the ballot.  Seward, through proxies, has filed challenges to both potential candidates’ petitions (Republican and Democrat) in an attempt to have them invalidated. Once the board of elections proves that our petition is valid, then the next step from the Seward camp would be a frivolous law suit. This is the methodology of the status quo — re-election at any cost!  If Seward truly believes that he has, “widespread level of support” and “enthusiastic encouragement” according to his July 12 press release, then he should not continue to pre-empt and disregard the will of the people by blocking democracy.  He should have nothing to fear!

I, on the hand, am a true supporter of term limits.  Politics was not intended to be a lifetime career.  Career politicians lose touch with the true issues that face their constituents and instead of representing them; their entire agenda is re-election, nothing else.  Not the good of the people!  The political system was intended for citizen legislators; normal citizens living normal lives that fully understand the needs of their fellow citizens.  Yet, we are suffocated by multi-decade-serving incumbents who have lost touch and only serve to manipulate the system to serve their agendas —re-election.  

Jim Blake

Town of Maryland

Blake is a Republican candidate in the 51st senatorial district race.


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