“Are you conscious of who I am?” Randolph asked. “If you think my statement was premature, you’ve got another think coming, young man.”
“Yes, I’m very much aware of who you are,” the reporter said, “but even with all of your money, power, and influence, just because you say it, doesn’t make it so.”
“Don’t be naive,” Randolph said. “With my money, power, and influence, I can do whatever I want to do. That’s the American way, my friend.”
“You’re probably right, sir,” the reporter said. “Unfortunately, America has lost its way.
Written for these daily prompts: Word of the Day Challenge (statement), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (swift), Ragtag Daily Prompt (acceptance), The Daily Spur (offer), My Vivid Blog (expression), and Your Daily Word Prompt (conscious). Photo credit: shutterstock.com.
Welcome once again to Fandango’s Provocative Question. Each week I will pose what I think is a provocative question for your consideration.
By provocative, I don’t mean a question that will cause annoyance or anger. Nor do I mean a question intended to arouse sexual desire or interest.
What I do mean is a question that is likely to get you to think, to be creative, and to provoke a response. Hopefully a positive response.
Yesterday, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed legislation to do away with the biannual springing forward and falling back that most Americans have come to despise, in favor of making Daylight Saving Time (DST) permanent. When was the last time that the U.S. Senate voted unanimously for anything?
If the legislation were to also pass in the House of Representatives and then be signed by President Biden, it would take effect in November 2023.
Hallelujah right? Some of the positives for year-round DST include projections of less crime, more daylight time for retail shopping (for those who still buy stuff at brick and mortar stores rather than online), and more light for outdoor activities in the evenings.
But the most notable downside for year-round daylight saving time would come in the dead of winter, when many areas would not see the sun rise until long after most people are out of bed and off to work or school. In fact, depending upon where you live, sunrise would be after 8 a.m. from late November until the middle of February. And the latest sunrise of the year would be around 8:30 a.m. around the winter solstice near the end of December.
An alternative approach to permanent Daylight Saving Time might be year-round Standard Time. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine supports eliminating seasonal time changes in favor of a national, fixed, year-round time. But it says current evidence “best supports the adoption of year-round Standard Time, which aligns best with human circadian rhythms.”
What I’m not going to ask for this week’s provocative question is whether or not you think we should ditch this ludicrous ritual of twice-yearly changing of the clocks. Of course you do. But I am going to ask you this:
Assuming you agree that we should have the same time year-round rather than moving up an hour each spring and back an hour each fall, do you favor going to permanent Daylight Saving Time or permanent Standard Time? Why do you feel that way?
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