Since the cry for term limits is once again heard in the land…

…once again I need to break in with a dab of reality:

We already have term limits. They are called elections.

In my observation, people who say they want term limits are not trying to limit their own representatives. They want to limit my representative because, say, they don’t like him, want someone new, younger, don’t appreciate his management capabilities or style of talking. Whatever.

I take this personally: you are trying to erase my vote even before I make it. You are trying to deny me my choice of representatives.

Well, he’s not your candidate; he’s mine. If I like him, I want to vote for him — specifically because he’s been in office for a while, understands Congress and the way it works, knows how to work in it, i.e., is experienced. I like professional experience. I don’t want you denying me the right to choose my experienced professional.

If you don’t like your own representative, you have a choice: don’t vote for him/her, or support another candidate in the primary.

There are so many awful attempts in our country to suppress, deny, throw out millions of people’s votes. If you’re concerned with who is elected to Congress, work to ensure that every citizen can vote in a manner equal to every other citizen.

Unfortunately, this isn’t a promise that everyone you like will be elected. But that’s not the point of elections in a democracy, is it? The point is: each of us must have the right to vote for the candidates each of us wants.

And then — because this is a democracy — each of us will accept the candidates who are elected to the terms for which they were elected. Even if we hate them.

Won’t we?




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In a name-new-snowplows contest, what name won the most votes?

What seems like a long time ago, when we all had a desperate need for something to laugh at before going to sleep, I learned about a new floating bridge on the Isle of Wight.

The Isle’s governing body had come up with a bright idea: let’s have a contest to name the new bridge! (I studied pictures of the bridge for a long time and pulled out a map of the Isle of Wight to understand why this large item was required. It was required — it spanned a river which cut through so much of the island cars would have to go far out of their way to get to the other part of the island. In appearance, it was more of an immobile ferry than a bridge, but I’m not a Wighter so what do I know?) (Are the islanders called Wighters or did I just insult them?)

And the winner was…Floaty McFloatface.

The council had an “oops!” moment. I don’t know what they were thinking would be a good name but Floaty McFloatface didn’t meet their standards. So they said, “Uh, well, gee. No.”

Uprising, Isle of Wight style! A petition was drawn up and lots of people signed it so the council changed its mind.

I was personally grateful to everyone on the Isle of Wight because murmuring, “Floaty McFloatface” to myself before I went to sleep (during the Trump horror) made me unafraid to close my eyes.

Floaty McFloatface produced a lot of laughs for me over the next few years.

Now comes the State of Minnesota, rolling into Floaty McFloatface territory with a name-our-new-snowplows contest.

Among the winners are F. Salt Fitzgerald, Darth Blader and Snowbi Wan Kenobi.

But what was the biggest winner? Plowy McPlowFace. Of course, of course.

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Animal news: that nightmare of what’s in the basement

From Harper’s Weekly Review:

The University of Michigan closed and then reopened one of its libraries after discovering three venomous Mediterranean recluse spiders in the basement.

This news is not complete. Did they remove the spiders before they reopened the library? Or did they say, hey, they’re recluses, let’s leave them to it.

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