I have a number of emails sent by blog readers that contain information that I need to study. There is an election looming just around the corner. There is a Charter Review Committee that is contemplating changes in Rowlett's Charter.
There are some City Council meetings that I want to review. I want to see what's actually said in the meetings I missed. In about four and a half months, people will want to know who is running for office. The Charter Review Committee might have an effect on which candidates run. The hot topic on the Review Committee's agenda (at least as far as the citizens are concerned) is the issue of term limits.
I have written before that I really don't have a problem with 9 year limits instead of 6, however I'm not real emotional about it. What I get emotional about it whether the Committee will recommend to Council a provision whereby sitting Council Members and the mayor will be voting to "feather their own nest." In other words, will recommendations, if approved by City Council, benefit sitting members by extending their term limits beyond their currently ending term.
People, it that is done, it is just plain stupid. Look at the precedent it creates. Will 9 years end it? Will they then vote in 12 years? What about 15 years. Of course, defenders of the change in term limits will say that nothing can be approved unless the voters vote it in. That is true. Of course, one must be incredibly naïve if they think that some voters have no trouble when they try to think. Guess who gets led around by the nose by politicians that benefit from extended term limits?
If you want to vote for an increase in term limits that benefit future generations of City Council members and mayors, that's fine. However, if you vote to increase term limits that benefit sitting officials, that is really dumb. Just watch for who is trying to sell you on increasing term limits....and whether or not they become immediately effective. If supporters of term limit increases that immediately benefit sitting officials start making their pitch, and you think it's a good idea, you are beyond any sensible help.
By placing an unwise change of term limits on a ballet, a risk is created that currently doesn't exist. If Peter Pan plays his flute, a certain number of less than mature people will march into the sea.
And.......speaking of the sea, over the next few days, I will have an excellent environment in which to contemplate. Wish you could, too. Maybe your easy chair will have to suffice.