Bill Kirby

Online news editor for The Augusta Chronicle.

Why can't we ignore daylight saving time?

Monday, March 18, 2013 4:32 PM
Last updated 10:01 PM
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As soon as we abandon our own reason, and are content to rely upon authority, there is no end to our troubles.

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Bertrand Russell

OK, a week into the daylight saving time change and I’ve adjusted, but I still think it’s a foolish government intrusion.

Dollie Lacefield, of Wrens, shares my irritation. “Why can’t our governor, Nathan Deal, not change Georgia’s time?” she writes. Well, Dollie, I don’t know for sure. Maybe it’s harder to ignore time ... particularly since most of our computers and cellphones automatically change over to daylight saving time.

WHEEL FUNNY: Thanks to Barry Whitney and so many others last week who called me to point out that we erred in stating that Earth, Wind and Fire scheduled for an Augusta performance was in the “Roll and Roll Hall of Fame.”

You’re right. It’s the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

I suspect the lesser known Roll and Roll Hall of Fame involves older performers who have to be wheeled on stage for their concerts.

BEN’S BIRDS: Gene Smith offers some research about my comment that Benjamin Franklin liked the turkey as our national symbol over the eagle. He says Franklin merely suggested the turkey had more respected qualities.

“In 1784 the waggish Franklin wrote from France to his daughter Sarah Bache that the turkey had qualities that might have made it a better symbol than the bald eagle, and he elaborates.”

YOUR MAIL: William Barkley, of Bath, sends a postcard from Virginia and the Williamsburg Film Fest. He writes: “Talked with my old buddy Bo Hopkins. He has been in The Wild Bunch and American Graffiti. Bo is from Greenwood.”

Sandra and Shirley Johnson, of Augusta, are in Madrid, where it is “SNOWING.” And Doris and Marty Charnock, send a postcard from Kiawah Island, where it is “quiet and peaceful.”

TODAY’S JOKE: Seth Benson, of Millen, inspired this:

“Doctor,” a man said. “I don’t know what to do. Every day my wife seems to lose her temper for no reason.”

“Oh, I have a cure for that,” the doctor says. “When she starts getting angry, just take a glass of water and start swishing it in your mouth. Just swish and swish but don’t swallow it until she either leaves the room or goes to bed and is asleep!”

Two weeks later the man comes back to the doctor looking fresh and reborn. He says: “Doctor that was a brilliant idea! Every time my wife started losing it, I swished with water and she calmed right down! How does a glass of water do that?”

The doctor says: “The water itself does nothing. It’s keeping your mouth shut that does the trick ...”


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