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STOP CHANGING THE CLOCK
The bill to make Daylight Saving Time the year-round time has passed in the Illinois Senate and is headed for the House. I am all for stopping the clock-changing twice a year, but as a retired teacher, I am very concerned about making Daylight Saving Time the year-round time.
It endangers our children trying to get to school in the dark, many times while it is bitterly cold, windy and snowy. In December and January the sun does not even rise until between 7:15 and 7:25. Move the clocks ahead one hour and you'll discover that many children and adults have already arrived at school or work in complete darkness. And this issue is not just December and January, it covers November through March.
In school districts with rural bus routes, many children are already waiting at bus stops in the dark. My grandson catches the bus at 6:45 a.m. in a town north of Chicago in the dark. His mother cannot see him waiting at the bus stop, even though it is right by their home.
In this day and age of kidnappings and human trafficking, it is a very scary thought to have our children traversing our streets and waiting at bus stops in total darkness. What about children walking to school or riding bikes in the dark? Will vehicles or snowplows hit children who can't be seen well?
There is now plenty of data that shows the detrimental effects of changing the clock twice a year. Increases in deadly traffic accidents, heart attacks and cognitive performance have been documented.
Daylight Saving Time is a misnomer. We are not really saving time; we are just time-shifting. Yes, let's stop the clock-changing twice a year. But the more prudent thing to do is adopt Central Standard Time year-round.
As residents of Gardner Township on the west side of Springfield, we are asking Gardner Township residents to vote "no" to end prohibition on March 17.
We were amazed such a law still existed in this day and age. Optimistically, we believed our country had moved beyond the point of such weirdly restrictive laws. This antiquated law ended over 80 years ago; there's no way we still haven't learned from that mistake. Yet here we find ourselves, struggling to repeal an inexplicable law.
Each township in our state, one by one, has had to reverse this law by petitioning the government to get it on the ballot and then vote to reverse the statute.
Please allow us in Gardner Township to be able to choose for ourselves. With strong residential growth we lack convenient access to groceries and dining establishments.
The missed tax revenue could supplement our high property taxes that we currently pay and hopefully hold them in check.
Please vote "no" on March 17.
Geno Koehler, Stacy Bowman, Duane Rudolph, Don Craven, Terry Farmer
FINGERPRINT FOR FOID CARDS
Kudos to the Illinois State Police for recommending fingerprinting as a requirement to obtain a FOID card. I can almost hear the NRA screaming about their rights being trampled upon. However, I think I have rights also and one of them is not to be shot.
Another idea is to require proof of liability insurance to carry a gun. Then maybe victims could be compensated for all of the carnage done by irresponsible gun owners.