Monday, July 25, 2005

Quit Monkeying with Daylight Saving Time

The debate over Daylight Savings Time is back. But this time legislators want to extend it to one month, a compromise on the originally-proposed two-month extension.

One of the biggest arguments put forth in favor of the extension by energy-saving proponents is that it will save energy. On other hand, some businesses advocate for daylight saving because people will spend more time out of their homes and spending more on auto fuel and barbecues.

In the past I'd heard -- I wish I could quote chapter and verse -- that the increase in accidents and lower productivity surrounding the time changes cost the nation billions.

In any case, in my view, it comes down to consumers are spending money somewhere -- we consumers still pay.

I wish we'd just quit monkeying with the time changes and leave it all year 'round.

I don't particularly care to have to adjust to the time change. I especially don't like it when we "spring forward" and lose an hour. I have to adjust to getting up an hour earlier, and it's usually not just a matter of "going to bed earlier" the night or two before. It just ain't that easy, I've found, as I've grown older. And, sure, I like gaining the "extra hour" when we "fall back." But you know what? I seriously doubt I'd miss that hour if I didn't have it.

Yes, I do like daylight extending a little longer into the evening hours. But I can remember as a kid living in California going to bed while it was still light out. I pity those kids today whose parents are sensible enough to put them to bed at a decent hour in the summer even though it's still light out and they'd rather be outside playing. I'm sure I'd do better in the summer months if it was dark at 8:30 pm instead of 9:30 -- I'd probably go to bed earlier.

Living in the Northwest today, I really don't like getting up in the winter months while it's still dark. But I adjust. However, it is still rather jarring in the fall when one morning you get up with the sun and the next you're getting up in the pitch black before the sun.

Admittedly I haven't studied this debate forwards and backwards to take a position on whether we should be on "saving" or "standard" time all year.

I think I'd be happy if we'd just pick one, leave it alone and quit monkeying with it.

Saturday, July 23, 2005

Lunchtime surprise causes pause

It's so easy to get caught up in the busy-ness of life. We really need to take regular time to just stop and be quiet. Once in a while something happens to make me pause for a few minutes. Like this that happened a few days ago for me...full post here...

Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Washington court ruling in radio case could reach bloggers

Your opinion expressed on your blog on behalf of a political campaign may someday be considered an in-kind contribution and be subject to campaign finance legislation, if a recent court ruling is extended to its logical conclusion.

A recent court decision in Olympia, Wash., ruled that air time during which talk radio show hosts advocated for a political campaign -- in this case opposing a gas tax -- could be considered an in-kind contribution.

This could reach the blogosphere, according to Seattle-based media lawyer Bruce Johnson. That came out in his interview on last week's public radio program On the Media. (Listen online or download the MP3.)

This could have a very chilling effect, I think, on blogs and the free exchange of ideas and discussion that form the basis of our free American society. Our nation was built on the free exchange of ideas and opinions. That has been the life of our nation since before our nation came into its own. That's the spirit of the First Amendment.

Restrictions and conditions placed on opinions expressed on talk radio, and potentially reaching the blogosphere where opinion is one of the underpinnings thereof, is a threat to free speech clothed in campaign finance reform.

Now, I'm not totally opposed to such reform. I believe the law's basic intent was good. But this latest decision is a stretch and to me is just plain wrong because of its chilling effect.

The time to speak up about this kind of thinking is now. What happens to talk radio in this area could very well foreshadow what happens in the blogosphere.

Here's a July 15, 2005 editorial in The Olympian questioning the ruling.

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Thursday, July 14, 2005

It's About Time...I'll Just Jump In

Well, it's time I just jump in.

It's been nearly four years since I first heard about blogs and dabbled with creating them here on blogspot.

Now, after reading a few blogs, reading Hugh Hewitt's book Blog, listening to Shel Holtz's and Neville Hobson's podcast For Immediate Release, and thinking about blogging and how to use this medium, I've decided to just jump in and start, even though I haven't figured out yet how to set up an RSS feed, Trackback, etc., yet

So, here's the start. I'm giving some thought about a description for this blog...I'll post that at some time as I gain more focus on this.

And I have to give some thought for a couple more blogs that I have in mind.