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Continued: Readers Write: (July 16): Zimmerman verdict, health care costs, term limits

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Dr. DAVID POWER, St. Paul

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TERM LIMITS

Maybe not locally, but, yes, for Congress

Regarding “Say no to term limits in Duluth” (editorial, July 10): While I agree that there should not be term limits for local and statewide elections, I believe term limits and campaign finance reform are essential for congressional elections as they are for presidential elections. Congress is considered by many to be the most divided since the American Civil War. The rigid adherence to political agendas will not change as long as the focus of both major parties nationally continues to be ongoing fundraising, rewarding major campaign contributors and getting re-elected with gerrymandered districts to avoid a competition of ideas.

Although a term-limit amendment is very difficult to attain for many reasons, voters at least must strongly demand other major systemic changes. Otherwise, we will continue to witness a dysfunctional Congress rated unfavorably by about 90 percent of the voters — and the stagnation of a great nation.

SHELDON OLKON, Golden Valley

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