Regarding your recent editorial on state lawmakers' salaries, you write that the pay for part-time members of the General Assembly needs to be raised modestly in order "to maintain a diverse, part-time legislature" ("Raising legislative pay," Dec. 18).

I have a much less expensive way to increase the diversity of the legislature: Term limits. Restrict lawmakers' terms to six or 10 years, then make them move on.

This would guarantee a continuous flow of fresh, diverse ideas through the legislature as well as ridding the system of the 'Good Old Boys' network currently entrenched in Annapolis. We see where they have gotten us over the past decades.

Randi Hughes, Edgewood

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