Term limits wrong

Published 11:04 am Thursday, September 10, 2015

Most employers value experience, whether it is a new hire or someone being groomed to go up the corporate ladder.

That just makes good sense, because the more a worker knows, the more valuable he can be for his boss’s business.

That same philosophy seems logical for those serving us in public office. The longer a person serves the better her or she should be able to serve, knowing the ins and outs of government, understanding the needs of constituents and better able to meet them.

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However, there is a grass-roots group that wants to see a constitutional amendment on the November 2016 ballot that would limit how long House and Senate members of the Ohio General Assembly can serve. It is targeting what it is calling career politicians.

It wants legislators to have no more than eight lifetime years in one chamber and no more than 12 lifetime years in the legislature entirely.

At of the end of August, Eight is Enough, the ad hoc group fighting that kind of tenure, turned in 1,742 signatures to the state to get the issue on the ballot.

That effort has already passed its first hurdle with an OK from the attorney general on language review. Next is a review by the ballot board before the group can start getting signatures to put the issue on the ballot.

Any of us can cite abuses of power that come from a politician holding office like a fiefdom. But more cases can be cited where the longer a politician serves the better he or she serves the people.

Experience should matter and not be penalized.