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Daylight-saving time all year is key to energy crisis



Published: Thu, July 26, 2001 @ 12:00 a.m.



Daylight-saving time all year is key to energy crisis

EDITOR:

Is it time for a change?

Will higher utility bills each month persuade our legislators to propose a bill to put the entire country on daylight-saving time year-round in an effort to save energy?

It is such a simple way of straightening out a problem as skyrocketing utility prices force California and several other states to consider the change. The uniformity of including all the states in the year- round daylight-saving time is essential.

Americans have historically favored daylight-saving time since Gallup first asked about the policy in 1937.

Congress first instituted daylight-saving time in 1918 during World War I to conserve fuel. The law was repealed when the war was over. From 1942-1945, it was again instituted to conserve energy during World War II, but after the war it wasno longer man datory for states to comply with the policy.

From 1945 to 1966, no federal laws governed daylight-saving time, leaving it up to the states whether to adopt it, but the Uniform Time Act of 1966 established the current system of daylight-saving time.

When the energy crisis occurred in the mid-1970s, many people argued for year- round observation of daylight-saving time because such a practice could significantly reduce energy consumption and thus reduce utility bills.

If consumers consider our current energy costs a problem, then year-round daylight-saving would be beneficial for Ohio as well as California and the nation.

PATRICIA HETZLER

Warren

Anti-ballistic missile plan won't solve problems

EDITOR:

In a recent editorial, you wrote, & quot;The question is not should we have missile defense, but of what kind and at what cost. & quot;

That's a bad remark because it closes the door on debate and possible rational decision. By God, we're gonna have an ABM system.

Then you talk about our allies which contradicts your dumb remark. Further on, you really get down to business and totally contradict that paragraph and rightly so.

We can't go back to the utterly insane decades since the mid-20th century. We have to find a way to deal with Russia and China and, yes, the rogue nations that do not put us back at one minute to midnight on the doomsday clock.

The decision to go all out for ABM here is just like the decisions, starting with FDR and the first bombs, to err on the side of too much rather than err on the side of two little. It seems like we're too lazy and too stupid to really get down to business and find a way to deal with world problems (except Israel) outside a framework of l9th century nationalism and militarism.

We have got to, someday, move beyond military might as the primary bargaining tool in world affairs. North Korea's a rogue state? My church collects money for the hungry Koreans. Iraq's a rogue state? U.S. imports millions of barrels of oil from Iraq.

In the last sentence of the editorial, you seem to throw in the towel and admit that the decision to build is not, should not, be closed. Thanks for that.

MYRON GARWIG

Youngstown

Campbell people care for their community

EDITOR:

I'd like to thank Mayor Jack Dill for his cooperation in the Roosevelt Park Sign Project.

Completion of phase I of the project was due to the generosity and financial commitment of the business community and citizens of Campbell. These generous contributions demonstrate the love and support the people of Campbell have for their community and its future.

Mrs. CARMEL DeFELICE

Campbell




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