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Reader's view: Term limits already in place at ballot box

In response to the News Tribune's July 3 Our View editorial, "Term limits idea worth debating," I say term limits are in place now. In a democracy, a majority of voters decides who will prevail among candidates.

In response to the News Tribune's July 3 Our View editorial, "Term limits idea worth debating," I say term limits are in place now. In a democracy, a majority of voters decides who will prevail among candidates.

Why does the matter of term limits come before Duluthians at the present time? Apparently due to the motivation of Eli Miletich, Duluth Charter Commission member, to remove Don Ness, mayor, after his second term. What has brought Miletich to this position when we all know he supported former Mayor John Fedo for a fourth term? And what was the reason Ness ran unopposed for his second term? Was it most likely because he was doing a good job?

Let's not diminish elected officials. They need sufficient time in office to become most effective. Voters define "sufficient time." There should be no rush to judgment regarding the implementation of term limits. Let's count on the Charter Commission and the City Council to act responsibly and, if need be, let the citizens of Duluth decide.

Miletich has served Duluth well as chief of police, as a School Board member and in several other contributing capacities. Ness, as a former City Council member and now as mayor, is serving the city of Duluth very well. Hopefully, the matter of term limits is more than simply a political vendetta by Miletich toward Ness.

Relative to one liking or not liking term limits: It's the discussion process that really matters; and, from my vantage point, the process taking place in Duluth stinks.

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Dick Wallin

Duluth

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