Larry Seilhamer: Time for Term Limits

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Since: Oct 12

West Islip, NY

#1 Mar 1, 2013
www.vocero.com/proponen-limitar-anos-en-la-le...

8 years (2 terms) for Governor and 12 years (3 terms) for state senators and state legislators.

Sounds good to me. We should implement term limits in New York, my local New York State Senate seat was occupied by Owen Johnson for 40 years (1973-2013) and he was 83 years old when he announced his retirement - talk about career politician!
Jorge

San Juan, Puerto Rico

#2 Mar 1, 2013
LongIslander1987 wrote:
www.vocero.com/proponen-limita r-anos-en-la-legislatura-y-gob ernacion/
8 years (2 terms) for Governor and 12 years (3 terms) for state senators and state legislators.
Sounds good to me. We should implement term limits in New York, my local New York State Senate seat was occupied by Owen Johnson for 40 years (1973-2013) and he was 83 years old when he announced his retirement - talk about career politician!
Why 12 yrs for legislators?

What about town mayors?

Will these be consecutive? Because, judging from Hernández Colon and Romero, they were able to "go around" the term limits.

Since: Oct 12

West Islip, NY

#3 Mar 1, 2013
Jorge wrote:
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Why 12 yrs for legislators?
What about town mayors?
Will these be consecutive? Because, judging from Hernández Colon and Romero, they were able to "go around" the term limits.
Knowing politicians I bet that the existing senators and legislators will be grandfathered in. Assuming it passes (I doubt the PPD would like this legislation) it probably wouldent take effect until the next governor and new legislature take office in 2017.

Mayors should not have term limits. Obviously in the big cities like San Juan, Mayaguez, Bayamon, Caguas, etc being the mayor is more or less a full time job but what about the smaller cities like Rincon, Las Marias, Culebra, etc - are the full time workers?

In general there seems to be alot more 'turnover' in Puerto Rican politics than on the mainland so this legislation is surprising actually.
Jorge

San Juan, Puerto Rico

#4 Mar 1, 2013
LongIslander1987 wrote:
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Knowing politicians I bet that the existing senators and legislators will be grandfathered in. Assuming it passes (I doubt the PPD would like this legislation) it probably wouldent take effect until the next governor and new legislature take office in 2017.
Mayors should not have term limits. Obviously in the big cities like San Juan, Mayaguez, Bayamon, Caguas, etc being the mayor is more or less a full time job but what about the smaller cities like Rincon, Las Marias, Culebra, etc - are the full time workers?
In general there seems to be alot more 'turnover' in Puerto Rican politics than on the mainland so this legislation is surprising actually.
All laws in P.R. are grandfathered, except when these deal with imposing taxes on the working people (LOL, but I digress).

You semm to forget our indigenous angle of Caribbean living.

In case you haven't noticed, we have inherited "tons" of customs from our Taíno (as well as previews indigenous) cultures; for example taking daily baths (and some of us, even taking two and even three baths per day).

Europeans believed that baths (a Pagan custom) would condemn them to hell; so when these arrived to Taíno Caribbean they were appalled at our local rites of bathing continuously (have you noticed this when coming to Puerto Rico?). No Puerto Rican, in their right mind, out think of going out their house (and out in the world) without taking a bath first...LOL

A long road to share of another Taíno custom-indigenous village living.

Have you noticed that when you visit someone in a farm, most of his/her neighbors are closely related? These are either their parents, grand, greatgrand, nieces, cousins, offsprings, etc.

This Taíno custom is a remnant of the "yucayeque" and life in these enclaves (mostly in rural Caribbean-especially the Larger Antilles) revolved around the CACIQUE (local chief, be that woman or man).

So, our natural, historical "tendency" (???) is to for small towns to keep electing the same local Caciques, over and over-like Manati's, Guaynabo's, Barceloneta's and many more which need not be mentioned....LOL

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