The excellent letter to the editor from Harry Godley, published Aug. 14, expresses the increasing frustrations the public feels with our government. The situations that Godley cites are symptomatic of the crying need to limit government officials to a single short term in office, without the possibility of subsequent reelection or reappointment. In addition, lobbying activities by paid lobbyists should be a criminal offense, with the same type of penalties that are now applicable to the crime of jury tampering. Removing the pressures of peddled influences and of reelection or reappointment would permit our government officials to concentrate on representing and serving the public. With these simple reforms, the costs of all levels of government would be dramatically reduced.
WILFRED C. MILLER