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OPINION

News readers talk ‘Plan B’

Full time in name only

Nolan Finley’s March 14 column, “Make Plan B a part-time Legislature,” suggested that if Proposition 1, the chance we have to fix our roads, fails to pass we should have a Plan B ballot issue, a proposal to make our Michigan Legislature part time. This is one of the few instances where Finley and I are in complete agreement. I would prefer to go him one better and suggest that Plan B be pursued whether Prop 1 passes or fails. Our Legislature is not an example of the adage “You get what you pay for.”

On the contrary, a couple of years ago I examined the legislative calendar for the year. I discovered that their scheduled sessions totaled 110-112 and there were entire months with just a single scheduled session. I know they have committee meetings, but let’s get real. They earn in the neighborhood of $80,000 per year, $25,000-30,000 over the median household income in our state and their scheduled work averages less than three days per week. You’d think they were representing us in Washington, where Mondays and Fridays are saved for travel.

Tom Pinta, Pinckney

Keep term limits

I’m all for a part-time Legislature, but not on doing away with term limits. All I ever hear in regards to term limits is it takes too long to learn about Lansing. If it takes someone that long to learn about Lansing, they should not be there in the first place. They are not performing brain surgery or splitting the atom. They are representing their district.

Mike Terry, Dryden