For the first time since 1995, the federal government had to shut down.

San Antonio is also Military City, so we felt the brunt of it as scores of workers were sent home.

We should elect our representatives to find common ground, communicate, make tough choices and get work done.

But when it becomes more about the political process than progress, then that is reckless, irresponsible and completely unacceptable.

Maybe it's time to take a good look at term limits. Our founding fathers intended for the politicians to make a living at home and go to Washington to serve. Not the other way around.

I'm Phil Lane. Let us know what you think.