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Reason For Opposition To Sen. Manar’s Effort To Make Daylight Saving Time Permanent

Dear Editor:

     My opposition to IL Sen. Andy Manar’s (D-Bunker Hill) Senate Bill 533 to make Daylight Savings Time permanent in Illinois is because it’s a real safety problem for our school children, the adults transporting them in buses and other drivers. After passing SB533 in the IL Senate, (44 Yeas, 2 Nays, 2 Present), the bill is in the Illinois House, Rules Committee.

     Today, Nov. 15, 2019, at 5:45 a.m. (Central Standard Time) it was totally dark outside. That clock would say 6:45 a.m. if it was Daylight Savings Time and it would be totally dark outside. School buses from Warrensburg-Latham arrive in our neighborhood about 7:15 a.m. which is daylight in Central Standards Time. But, 7:15 a.m. today in Daylight Savings Time would be dark. Those buses have traveled several miles on pothole-treacherous IL Route 121. That travel worsens in the darker, shorter daylight hours of December, January, February.

     Add cold, snow and ice to that mix. Consider the picture of our children waiting for or riding on those buses in the dark. DST has always been controversial going back to WWI. Sometime during President Jimmy Carter’s administration (1977-1981), Daylight Savings Time was extended to 10 months for the National Energy Plan to “save oil”.

     History shows there is no proof DST saves energy. I remember seeing children standing in the dark waiting for school buses those months 40+ years ago. The entire country experienced this. The extension of DST went away. It didn’t work then; it won’t work now! And please don’t consider changing school hours which would create a nightmare for working parents, employers and childcare providers.

     The Illinois General Assembly has tried to make DST permanent before. For those who want to eliminate the clock changing, why not just do away with Daylight Savings Time altogether? Be like Arizona! Have permanent Standard Time year around to coincide with real daylight hours! Tell your Illinois General Assembly Members and Illinois Governor your opinion about this after you consider everything that’s at stake here. Our Children!

Mrs. Judy Gandy, Decatur

Political Left Is Becoming More Irrational, Violent

Dear Editor:

     A recent article in Psychology Today drew attention to an unsettling fact others have noted in the past: “people with mental disorders so easily rise to positions of power” (Steve Taylor, “In the Seat of Pathocracy,” Nov./Dec. 2019, p. 28). Some people with mental disorders are strongly driven by their own psychological demons to acquire power and influence. Psychologically normal people are not so obsessively driven. Combine the above with a truism famously stated by Lord Acton: “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.”

     Those two things help explain what is going on in the liberal/left sociopolitical movement. As Democrats keep moving further and further to the extreme, some of them are doing things unthinkable in more saner times. For example, some liberals are so extreme and corrupt they actually believe it is okay to discriminate against, legally persecute, and make criminals out of decent moral businesspeople who merely don’t want to cater to heterophobic homosexuals! Is that bizarre or is that bizarre.

     For another example, the Palatine-Schaumburg High School District 211 school board recently voted 5-2 to give sexually confused men/boys (e.g., transgenders) unrestricted access to the same locker room girls use, whether you like it or not. In other words, physiological males will now be allowed to get naked in front of girls (and physiological females will be allowed to get naked in front of boys). In still other words, the “values” of some pro-LGBT people are so upside-down, backward and twisted that they inconsiderately put the disordered feelings of transgenders ABOVE the feelings of decent, moral, normal people.

     The school board members who irrationally voted for this obviously misguided and inverted policy are an embarrassment. We should encourage them to do decent, moral people a favor and resign. (They should also be compassionately encouraged to get therapy as something is very likely wrong with them.) We need to shine a bright light on the fact that the political left is becoming more irrational, more intolerant, more extreme, more violent, more fascistic and totalitarian, etc. If we don’t fix the political left, if they succeed in achieving all of their perverse goals, they will set this country back decades.

Wayne Lela, Downers Grove IL

This Country Was Not Built On Handouts

Dear Editor,

     Nov. 22 was the 56th anniversary of the assassination of President Kennedy, it might behoove the slate of Democratic presidential candidates to re-examine one of Kennedy’s quotes: “Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.” For those of us who love our country, we are disturbed with a growing “Robin Hood” mentality—take from the rich and give to the poor.

     Redistributing resources in this manner only creates another set of unfixable problems when we fund so-called needy people without educating them. We have been allocating the fish without teaching fishing skills. We enable the unfortunate and fashion them into welfare dependents. Who are the culprits? Rising to the top would be the federal government, but we all can take credit for continuing entitlement programs and maybe overly generous donations.

     This is not a reference to those who are truly needy due to mental and physical disabilities. A chunk of individuals cashing in on and playing on everyone’s emotions are not needy—just individuals who fall under the lazy, greedy, unmotivated, or living-outside-their-means categories. More taxes will never solve the problem. Those dollars seldom reach the intended use. We have Illinois to prove that point.

     Our legislators haven’t grasped how to utilize our greatest resource—education. Unfortunately, our educational system is perverted. The public schools, with the parent’s acquiescence, are grooming our youth expecting all to have college degrees even though many are not college material. Most schools have abandoned home economics, agriculture classes (although there has been some regeneration), as well as basic budgeting and financial understanding. The more schooled we are, the less educated we have become.

     We have forfeited common basic skills in lieu of high-tech monstrosities—distancing ourselves further and further from independence, all the while conforming to what government standards dictate. We now have a couple generations who are highly confident, yet lack the knowledge or skills for the most basic concepts of raising a garden, cooking, sewing, changing a flat tire, or living on a budget. Some presidential contenders believe college should be “free” and school loans should be forgiven.

     The costs for higher education are inexcusable, but it should never be “free”. Ultimately, someone takes on that expense. Taking from the government may mean accepting what is less than the best. Additionally, the lineup of candidates speaks as if the rest of the citizenry is too stupid to figure out life’s challenges, and we need the government as our guardian.

     For those of us who are old enough to remember Kennedy’s assassination, we still prefer to think of our nation as: of the people, by the people, and for the people even though we appear to be evolving with a national policy as: of the government, by the government and for the government. This country was not built or established on handouts. It came through hard work, determination, sacrifice, love, charity, commitments, and the grace of God.

     C. S. Lewis stated, “Experience: that most brutal of teachers.” Since necessity is the mother of inventions, we can make greater strides if government mentality takes a back seat so we can teach our children how to overcome adversities without expecting life on a silver platter at the cost of someone else. And yes, we should still help those who are truly in need. Some of us have reached the conclusion that taxation without representation may not necessarily be as bad as taxation with representation, and for those who insist on government raising taxes to make everyone even-Steven, there is a name for that . . . communism.

Lynette Montgomery White, Maroa

Attacks Against U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis Didn’t Work Two Years Ago And Won’t Work Now

Dear Editor:

     We do not need Democratic activists claiming to be veterans coming here from the Northeast trying to tell us in Central Illinois who to vote for. They are also running attack ads saying our Rep Rodney Davis is unpatriotic because he doesn’t buy into their political agenda to impeach the President. I know many veterans who would vigorously disagree with them.

     Two years ago outside forces ran false and misleading attack ads against Rep Davis of months. It didn’t work then and it won’t work now.

Glenn Portwood, USMC 1966-1968, Decatur

Visit PETA Website For Vegan Holiday Favorites

Dear Editor,

     Many people will be stuffing themselves with tasty vegan foods this Thanksgiving. In 2017, 6% of Americans identified as vegan—an increase of 600% in just three years—and new vegans are sprouting up left and right, as more people become aware of the ethical and ecological ramifications of animal agriculture, as well as the health hazards of eating animal-based foods.

     Thankfully, for new and aspiring vegans, it’s easy to whip up vegan versions of traditional holiday favorites, including mashed potatoes, stuffing, green bean bake, and pumpkin pie, in addition to a gourmet main dish, such as a savory pot pie or a stuffed squash with an array of roasted root vegetables.

     Simply visit www.PETA.org for free vegan recipes and product suggestions, including ready-made vegan feasts, such as Gardein’s great-tasting holiday roast with cranberry wild rice stuffing and turkey-free gravy, Tofurky’s Holiday Feast, or a festive vegan meal from Field Roast. I hope everyone has a happy and humane Thanksgiving, filled with scrumptious vegan foods and random acts of kindness.

Heather Moore, PETA Foundation Norfolk, VA

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