To the Editor:
I am 70 years old and I would like to discriminate against another senior citizen.
Serving in the United States Senate or in the House of Representatives is pretty special. Being elected obviously displays confidence in an individual by their constituency. All that being said what is happening in California borders on really crazy. Ms. Diane Feinstein announced that she will seek re-election to the Senate.
I would like to understand why an 84 year-old legislator cannot give it up already. Why doesn't this politician, who has been living off the public dole for over 50 years just step aside and give someone else an opportunity to serve.
Illinois isn't very different than California. Mike Madigan has stayed in Springfield for 40 years. Why not allow other folks into the legislative chambers as the founding fathers intended. The idea was for participation from across the board. Having the same people stay in office decade after decade creates an atmosphere of influence peddling, bribery and back door deals that corrupts the system. Why term limits cannot gain a foothold is beyond me.
Diane Feinstein will probably be re-elected and will be 90 when she finishes her term. Mike Madigan will probably keel over in Springfield. John McCain is terminal but won't quit. We need to limit service time desperately. It's not change for the sake of change. It's change for the good of the country.