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DST Commentary
Wednesday, March 18, 2009 • Posted March 18, 2009

Editor:

Well, here we are, nearly a week into daylight saving time and most of us have adjusted about as well as we’re going to. The point is, we shouldn’t have to adjust. Everyone that I’ve heard express an opinion says we (they) should just pick a time and stick with it. It would seem that since we now “save daylight” for eight months out of the year, this should just become the new standard time and we can leave well enough alone. No one I know actually benefits from the time change and I believe nearly everyone would be happier not having to go through it. I say nearly everyone because, as we all know there are sadists and masochists who thrive on giving and enduring pain, respectively. But I figure they can get lumped in with other ne’er-do-wells and social miscreants who really don’t count anyway. It seems the legislature is willing to blithely ignore the will of the populace.

We, the common citizenry, need to find out who is behind this scheme to disturb our sleep and wreak havoc with our schedules and bombard them with calls, letters, e-mails or any other means of expressing discontent.

We might get responses indicating that atomic clocks and computers are programmed to reset themselves automatically and this may be touted as a reason for maintaining the current state of affairs. Here’s a news flash: clocks and computers are machines - they are meant to serve us, not vice versa. I would much rather upset a few soulless machines than autistic children who thrive on routine and household pets who can’t understand why their feeding schedule has been tampered with and some of the rest of us who are just plain “sot in our ways.”

Most newspapers, from time to time, publish the names and addresses of elected officials. They are usually found in telephone directories as well. So, let’s reclaim that hour and spend it expressing ourselves to the powers that be and see if we can’t end the madness. After all, they too work for us.

JoAnn Dalgard

602-B E. Commerce St.

Brady, TX 76825

(325) 597-0154

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