Grand Divisions

Tennessee Equality Project seeks to advance and protect the civil rights of our State’s gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender persons and their families in each Grand Division.

Monday, May 5, 2008

Term limits, leadership, and unpopular decisions

For some reason, I find myself puzzling over the Jackson Sun's editorial pages more than any other in the state, perhaps because they deal with issues and take sides. Today they are touting a proposal for term limits that would apply to the Mayor and City Council of Jackson. In essence, they are arguing that the voters should have the chance to decide whether they want term limits.

Strictly speaking, their stance to let the voters decide doesn't contradict the idea that the absence of term limits helps create statesmen and women who can develop a bank of credibility and good will. Having been reelected in some cases many times, they are occasionally free to make unpopular decisions without fear of voter retribution. The Sun praised the non-term-limited House Speaker Jimmy Naifeh (D-Covington) here for his willingness to do so in the case of a gun bill.

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