Until recently, I was of the school of thought that believed the new millennium started with the year 2001; not this year. The gentleman who wrote the letter a couple of weeks ago illustrating his logic with the counting of peaches made good sense to me.
One recent evening, however, I was reflecting on the subject without much else on my mind (I was watching television), and it occurred to me that we measure time chronometrically, not digitally. The start of a new day occurs at the beginning of the first second after the stroke of 12 midnight, not at 1 A.M. Similarly, the start of a new millennium occurs at the beginning of the first second after the stroke of 12 midnight Dec. 31, 1999.
When 2001 arrives, we will have completed one year of the new millennium. I now plan to celebrate the arrival of the new millennium Friday night, Dec. 31, and am at total peace with that decision.
Bob Cox, McCormick
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