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To set it and forget it

There are currently two methods for adjusting time in the U.S.: Standard Time and Daylight Saving Time (DST).

The 48 contiguous states of the U.S. lie approximately between 25 degrees and 49 degrees latitude. If left on DST, the northern tier of states are quite dark as children wait for buses to be picked up for school.

I applaud Rep. Sarah Capp of Ozark for attempting to place Arkansas on permanent Standard Time.

The current time adjustment advances or retards by one hour; however, there is a third option to offer. There are many brilliant people who could determine a set time to accommodate both the northern and southern states by advancing time forward from Standard Time by, like, 23 minutes, or 31 minutes, or 38 minutes or whatever agreed-upon national time where the U.S. could set it and forget it. No more groggy adjustments to biannual mandates.

The time has come! Let the pendulum swing in a positive direction. The hour is upon us. Have no second thoughts.

Until that happens, I am supporting Ms. Capp's amendment.



Not factually accurate

The editorial titled "Mother Nature's cold shoulder" may just verify the idea of "fake news," or at least "false news." In the second paragraph, the writer stated that Chicago was so cold during the polar vortex weather event that transit officials were keeping commuter trains running by setting train tracks on fire, and that Chicago, a place that should be nervous about fires, is pouring lighter fluid on everything. This statement couldn't be further from the truth. Chicago has no more incidence of fires than any other large city, and officials are not pouring "lighter fluid on everything." Let me elaborate.

Train tracks are made of very hard steel, and do not catch fire very easily, if at all, except during manufacture. However, some track elements contain movable parts, such as switches that allow a train to move from one track to another. In extremely cold and wet weather, these parts tend to freeze up. To prevent this, railroads have resorted to a simple solution of installing heaters fired by propane gas, oil or electricity next to the movable track parts to keep them free and clear of snow and ice. They do not present a danger since they are controlled fires in a very limited area, and trains themselves are not affected by the flames since they are kept moving over the track. This practice is almost as old as railroading itself, and has been successfully used for decades.

A journalist, even when writing an editorial, which is often an opinion, is still expected to be factually accurate. This is not hard to do. There are websites, such as Snopes or FactCheck, where accurate information is available to confirm the information presented in a news story or even an editorial. This was obviously not done in the case of this particular editorial. Shame on the journalist for writing such inaccuracies, and shame on the Democrat-Gazette for printing it!



Just settle on a time

I'm for leaving it set, same all year. Let's get behind Sarah Capp on HB1368.

I've been thinking for years it's dumb to have to set clocks twice a year. Turning them back is a hassle. I don't know how to help, but just do it!


Mountain Home

The legacy of Trump

Perhaps the lasting legacy of the Trump presidency will be a reassertion of the three co-equal branches of government. The most obvious effect of his time in office could well be within the judicial branch, which he has remade in a much more conservative mode.

However, the trend of populism in America is still at a crossroads. There are elements of both left- and right-wing ideas, but the core of this movement is a deep dissatisfaction with the status quo. Both President Trump and the wave of liberal women entering the halls of Congress share the populist mantle. While there may be systemic differences in the political and social views of the disparate wings of this groundswell movement, there are many elements of mutual concern which, in the end, might give them common cause. Term limits, the rights of the individual, the role of the "little man," economic reform, rejection of gridlock, and a renewed interest in the political process itself are just a partial list of these.

As these act themselves out on the national level, the process is often dirty and angry. However, past movements of similar origin have eventually melded themselves into a strong, if not always harmonious, engine for real change. The president's ardent supporters are frustrated by the pushback of the Democratic House, but they, along with other elements of populism, may find that Congress is the most accessible and readily influenced branch of government. Term limits, voter participation, and social media give opportunity to send rapid and clear messages to House and Senate members.

With a resurgence of the checks, balances, and oversight by Congress, the government just might re-establish the Constitution's intent found in its first three articles.



People are the church

Throughout the Bible scriptures, it's "church" or "congregation," not a "building." Church (the body of Christ) or the church (a congregation) or members of the church is made up of people called to follow Jesus Christ. The church is made up of disciples or students of Jesus Christ who convene to receive God's instructions.

If they are meeting in a building and the building catches fire, the congregation gets outside. The building burns, but the church is outside. The church can meet in a home, etc.--anywhere.



Editorial on 02/11/2019

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