Originally created 11/12/06

Stem corruption with term limits

If a president's place in history is determined by one overriding event during his administration, then perhaps George W. Bush can mark his place by ensuring that the history of power-grabbing, fortune-building and moral corruption by long-term members of the House and Senate never happen again.

He should take a statesmanlike, bipartisan approach to help pass term limit legislation for both houses of Congress. Suggested: two six-year terms for senators, and three four-year terms for House members. By extending the length of the congressional term, less time would be spent on fund-raising, and more on actually doing the government's work.

In 12 years of service, the American people could spot those legislators who might have the talent and the ability to run for higher office, or those who need to retire graciously.

Meredith Ray, Martinez

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