Arguments for terms limitations are worthy, yet there is another side to be considered. Buffalo's Walter Mahoney became the third most potent pol in Albany, and this meant much for Western New York. When his Senate constituency shifted and he was replaced, it was by a person long forgotten and of no immediate power. Southern states exercise great clout because long-in-office legislators move up to committees and committee chairmanships.
When we studied civics in school, we were taught about the course of a bill, but never of the committee system, which can keep legislative proposals hidden forever in the dark of such committees. There are two sides.
WILLIAM C. KESSEL