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Letters to the Editor

Tweaking the time

To the Editor:

So, Illinois lawmakers are deciding on changing the time to permanent Central Daylight Time. I, myself, don’t like the time change nonsense, but it does work. Now if I had my druthers, I would make it Central Standard Time permanently.

I am guessing that this is a bunch of youngsters who have not done their homework. Back in the early 1970s, there was an energy crisis and the federal government changed the time in early February and it was a disaster. In the almost 50 years since no one has done it again, lesson learned.

They have tweaked the time we change it, but never tried to end it. The sunrise on the shortest day of the year, Dec. 21, was at 8:20 a.m. There were a number of children – 6-, 7- and 8-year-olds walking to school – being mowed down because of the pitch darkness.

People who go to work early in the winter get that it is going to be dark. But the nine-to-fiver would expect it to be at least semi-light. I am a morning person, so I am biased toward morning daylight.

Hawaii and Arizona do not change time, but that is it. The rest of the country does with good reason. Why do Illinois lawmakers feel the need to be the only other state to do it? There is a reason it is a bad idea. Do your homework and study why it was a problem and a disaster.

Want a good idea that will never happen? Make everyone happy and change it to half an hour – split the difference in the middle and never change it again.

Sandy Gregorash

Joliet

Acknowledging Maureen Broderick

To the Editor:

We are so grateful to acknowledge one of your own local leaders for dedication and devotion to the community college system in Illinois.

Maureen Broderick, who serves on the Joliet Junior College Board, has been a driving force toward education and trustee leadership during the past year as past treasurer and now Association of Community College Trustees’ state coordinator for the Illinois Community College Trustees Association.

Maureen has volunteered hundreds of hours of her time to advance our system and state. We thank you for sharing Maureen with us and for supporting her endeavors to make Illinois a better place to learn and live, and to make our community colleges the premier starting point for students striving to better their lives through education and career development.

As ICCTA celebrates its 50th anniversary, we also thank your community for its support of Illinois’ outstanding system of comprehensive community colleges.

Jim Reed

Executive director, Illinois Community College Trustees Association

Welcome to Party Town

To the Editor:

Joliet may be rebranding its image as party city with night life, bars, live music, two casinos (one was a riverboat), a racetrack, outdoor concerts, festivals and last, but not least, the beautiful and gorgeous Rialto Theatre. There also was a railroad called the J – The Elgin, Joliet and Eastern Railway. Not sure if they hauled pot.

Thomas Cechner

Lockport

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