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Albuquerque term limits questioned

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By The Staff

One of the greatest frauds in recent history is the story we have been sold on term limits.We are told they are good for us, will clean up politics and government. We are told it will be good for democracy.Nothing is further from the truth. And this ignores the fact that we have always had limits on how long someone can serve – it is called an election.All term limits do is take good people, who have gained experience, knowledge and an understanding of the process and force them out.For what reason? Turnover simply for the sake of turnover seems silly. Does it not?Recently, this item once again came to light as Albuquerque Mayor Martin Chavez reported that a state district judge has ruled that he can run for a third consecutive term despite a two-term limit spelled out by the city charter.The Associated Press reported that attorneys for Chavez had asked the court in January to issue a ruling on whether mayoral term limits outlined in the charter were constitutional.The court ruled in Chavez’s favor, saying the term limits were unconstitutional.Chavez is in the middle of his third term as mayor, but it’s only his second served consecutively. That makes him the first Albuquerque mayor to serve back-to-back four-year terms since the current form of government was enacted in 1974.Chavez says he enjoys his job but he has yet to decide whether he will run again.That should be a choice he should make, not some legislative fiat. And whether he serves again should be up to the voters in Albuquerque – not that same fiat.Term limits do little good – except make some people who think they are taking care of us feel good. It limits our choices, wipes out any chance for experience and takes away the potential for job knowledge.Term limits are a bad idea and should go away. Elections are a good idea and should be supported by all of us.