Do We Want a 'Lame Duck' Congress?

Thank you for the opinion-page piece "Needed: A Congress of Lame Ducks," Nov. 1. I would like to rebut the idea that term limits are undemocratic. Those who make this argument seem happy with the 22nd amendment which limits presidential terms. If we support this amendment, then we should have amendments to limit legislative and judicial terms.The fatal flaw in Ballot Initiative 553, which narrowly lost in Washington State Nov. 5, was its retroactive provision. The prospect of throwing out the state's entire congressional delegation by 1994 dissuaded some would-be supporters. Jim Hastings, Boston Letters are welcome. Only a selection can be published, subject to condensation, and none acknowledged. Please address them to "Readers Write," One Norway St., Boston, MA 02115.

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