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P I I Thursday, November 5, 2009 MN ....................... r-~ ith~ Sill Pertler "Slices of Life" Daylight Saving Time -- all day, every day This week put an official end to That is too early. I crave light during Daylight Saving Time for the year. the evening. Most of us dutifully set our clocks No one wants to eat supper in back an hour, and didn't give much the dark. It goes against the natu- thought to the matter. In November ral order of things. It's like living in we "fall back," in March, we "spring NewYork where people think noth- ahead." So what? ing of having supper long after sun- I got to wondering: Why doesset- at hours like 9 p.m. If I haven't Daylight Saving Time (DST for eaten by 9 p.m., I'll probably just : short) exist?What is the purpose for skip supper. Nine at night is a time changing the clocks? Are we sup- for pajamas, not pork chops. posed to be saving daylight or sav- Besides, there are some real, ing time? Is either possible? authentic statistics that illustrate Think how great it would be to the negative potential of darkness. bank time and save it for alater date. During Standard Time, when it gets You could save minutes from a bor- dark earlier, things like traffic acci- ing, rainy morning and add them dents and crime increase. This has )~ to an afternoon at the beach. We to do with one factor: eyesight. ' could stretch out the good things When it is light, it is easier to drive in life, like amusement-park rides and harder to mug people without and cotton candy, while minimiz- being seen. ing others - dentist appointments, Economists, accountants and long car rides and a class lecture on other number crunchers tell us that the origin of Daylight Saving Time. DST saves bucks because we don't Birthdays before age 30 would be have to turn our lights on as early in doubled in hours; those after 30 the evening. Ben Franklinknewthis : could be cut in half. The possibili- fact back in the olden days when he ties are endless, albeit unfeasible, coined the phrase, "Early to bed, Unfortunately. early to rise, makes a man healthy, There are 24 hours in a day- no wealthy and wise." Good old Ben more, no less - and any amount of pointed out that more daylight creative semantics or numerical meant using fewer candles. manipulations isn't going to change We save light bulbs; Benny saved that. wax and wicks. It's all the same in DST gives us the perception of the end: DST is a good idea - so more daylight at the end of the day good that we should make it per- because 7 p.m. is really 6 p.m. Sun- manent. Why go back to Standard set comes at a later hour, making it Time at all? feel like the day is longer. It's psy- If DST were the standard, our chological maneuvering for sure, lives would be simpler.We wouldn't but who can argue with the logic? I have to spend minutes or even love summer, when it's sunny out-, hours twice each year resetting all side until way past supper and the our clocks. We could come home day seems to stretch on forever, from work and eat supper while So, even though it's a numbers the sun was shining. We wouldn't game and we aren't creating any have to worry about showing up at more day or light, I've decided I'm church an hour late because we for- a proponent for DST. I believe it got to spring ahead. Best of all, silly should be a permanent solution to phrases like "fall back" and "spring our time-setting woes. ahead" would be obsolete and The alternative to DST is Stan- meaningless. dard Time, better known as dark- Ben Franklin is often credited ness before dusk. I am not a fan for inventing Daylight Saving Time. of darkness. It makes me tired He was a smart man. I don't know and cranky. W'mter days are short who invented Standard Time, but if enough as is, without compound- I could, I'd like to ask them a ques- ing the problem by returning to tion: Why didn't you make it one Standard Time. hour later? While DST seems to be filled Jill Pertler is a syndicated colum' with sunshine and light, Standard nist and award-winning freelance Don C, Keenan Author, speaker, child-safety expert Safety in retail establishments With the holidays fast could be easily trapped: Criminals approaching, shopping is on just in parking lots will look for areas about everybody's to-do list. where victims could be trapped or Retail establishments generally not seen clearly by other shoppers. do everything they can to keep Also, be sure to only park in well- their customers and their mer- lit areas. chandise safe. Unfortunately, their Don't be distracted by the sur- efforts are sometimes not enough, roundings and never lose site of especially when the wrong-doer is your child: While there are many targeting a child, demands and distractions during Keep in mind there are no laws shopping, don't let your child wan- or regulations requiring retail der or leave him/her alone. Take stores to provide safety measures them with you to try on clothes, to help prevent child abductions, accompanythemtothebathroom, molestations or abuse, and so on. It's important to remember Avoid large crowds: Easier these tips when shopping with said than done, but remember, it your children: is easy to become distracted or to Do not rely on the security of get separated in large crowds. It is the retail establishment: Usually also much easier forthieves to pick there are only one or two security pockets. officers available, and they tend to Don Keenan,founderoftheKeenan's look for individuals who appear Kids Foundation, has published a guilty of theft, not kidnapping or book on child safety titled, 365 Waysto harassment. Keep Kids Safe, which is available at or at . All proceeds benefit the you are blocked in on both sides or Keenan's Kids Foundation. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to the Tri-County News, P.O. Box 220, Kimball MN 55353. The Tri-County News (USPS 639- 180) is entered at the Post Office, Kimball, Minnesota 55353, as Periodi- cals. It is published Thursdays by the Tri-County News, Inc., RO. Box 220, Kimball MN 55353, Stearns County. LOCATION: Our office is at 70 Main Street South in downtown Kimball. Weekday office hours are Monday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Tuesday through Fri- day 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Our telephone and fax number is (320) 398-5000. E-mail can be addressed to . Our Web site is . We also have a drop site at Ert[ Hardware Hank in downtown Watkins. DEADLINE: 2 p.m. Monday. RATES: Subscription rates are $30/year ($20 for age 62 and old- er) in Minnesota; $40/year ($30 for seniors) elsewhere in the U.S. Single copy price is 75 cents. STAFF: Jean Doran Matua, Editor and Publisher Sue Hughes: Creative Designer Maxine Doran: Admin. Asst. The staff of the Tri-County News recognizes that it has a responsi- bility to report the news accurate- ly and fairly, and that it is account- able to the public. Please contact our office if you feet we've fatten short of that objective. LETTERS: The Tri-County News welcomes letters promoting the ex- change of ideas and opinions. To be considered for publication, letters should address a topic of current or genera[ interest. Private thanks, po- litical self-promotion, [ibetous let- ters, or letters denigrating character or reputation wilt not be published. Art letters must bear the writer's sig- nature, address and telephone num- ber. We reserve the right to edit for clarity and readability. LEGAL PUBLICATION: The Tri- County News is the publication of record for the city of Kimball, Independent School District #739, C|earwater River Watershed Dis- trict, Stearns County, and the Townships of Fair Haven, Kingston and Maine Prairie. RECYCLING: The Tri-County News is printed with soy inks on recycled paPer whenever possible. :We encourage recycling. COPYRIGHT: All content herein is the property of the Tri-County News and is protected by U.S. copyright taw; content may not be reproduced without our written prior consent, We are proud to be a member of: Minnesota Newspaper Assoc. Kimball Area Chamber Kimball Area Historical Society Stearns County Press Assoc. 2008 MNA Award for Best Adver- tisement; 2008 Award for Portrait and Personality Photography; 2007 MNA Award for Advertising ExceUence; 2007 MNA Award, Best Information Graphic; 2006 MNA Award, Classified Adver- tising; 2004 MNA Award, Advertis- ing Excellence; 2000 MNA Award, Best Local News Story. Time is bleak and blah. Oh sure, we writer. She loves reader comments get an extra hour of daylight in the (especially positive ones) and can wee hours of the morning, but who be reached at , cares about that? During Standard or you can check out herWeb site at Time, sunset comes shortly after . DEADLINE: Repair or replace damaged mailboxes, posts If you have an old or damaged Mailboxes with damaged or rural mail box or one supported by worn latches should be replaced. an illegal structure, now is a good Wind and heavy snow can cause time to repair or replace it before a mailbox door to fall open if the the ground freezes, advises the latch isn't working properly. Minnesota Department of Trans- Reflectors posted near mail- portation, boxes and driveways should be Every winter, Mn/DOT receives blue or clear and posted at least 12 complaints of snowplows dam- feet from the outside edge of the aging mailboxes, said Randy shoulder and no more than five feet Reznicek, maintenance superin- above the ground. tendent in Mn/DOT's central Min- Ornamental displays, chains nesota District 3B. Most often the and other types of decorations damage results from rusted mail- should not be attached to the mail- boxes and posts that do not stand boxes because these add weight to the Structure and do not leave much room for maintenance and plowing. For a diagram of a standard swing-away type mailbox, go to , or for additional information on mailbox place- ment along state highways, call the MnDOT Permits office in Baxter at (218) 828-5777 or (320) 223-6522 in St. Cloud. up to heavy snow thrown by plow- ing. Reznicek said each complaint is investigated, and the snowplow operators also report any damage that might have occurred on their route and will repair or replace the structure if damaged by a plow. The department reminds resi- dents in rural Minnesota that: Rural mailboxes are to be mounted and placed according to U.S. Postal Service and federal highway placement standards. IF MZ~d~ www.tricou ntynews. M N 2009, Tri-County News