Why day light savings time?
Well, I went around the house the other evening to make sure all our clocks were turned back one hour. I hope some of my readers were not early to church because they forget to do that job!
Now, can someone give me one good logical reason for daylight savings time?
I understand it was begun during the war to give farmers more time to work the fields. Is that correct? Then what is its purpose now?
••• ”SIXTY MINUTES” PIECE We usually watch “Sixty Minutes” on Sunday evenings even if it comes on late because of the NFL game that is on the same channel and runs over into the time slot.
Anyway, I think the producers of “Sixty Minutes” must have been out of their minds for sending a crew and a young woman anchor into Mosul, Iraq for a story while all of the intense fighting was going on in that city. They almost got killed as a bomb exploded nearby and the cameraman was knocked down while filming. It was simply ridiculous to have a crew of people filming that fighting and putting them all in danger. I do not think the American people are that much interested in Mosul when we had a major election going on in this country at the time. I hope the producers of that show will use better judgment the next time.
••• A NATIVE AMERICAN And speaking of elections, did you know that we once had a Native American as a vice president? I saw a short piece in “Shore Home and Garden” that Charles Curtis, who was vice president to Herbert Hoover, claimed ancestry with the Kaw, Osage and Pottawatomie tribes. Interesting!
••• OUR BEAR IS STILL AROUND Now that the black bear season is over up in Western Maryland I called my friend Harry Spiker, the bear biologist with the Department of Natural Resources up in that part of our state. I met him over the phone back in 2008 when we had a young bear wander into Centreville and out into the Heights one day. He came into our yard, reached up and bent the bird feeder pole over and started feeding when we heard the noise. I went out and he ran over to the neighbor’s trees and climbed up to sit on a lower limb. By that time a lot of folks had seen him and were gathering around. I got a couple of shots on the camera and we used it in a story the next week in the paper. Anyway, the DNR people were called and the bear was caught. He was taken up into Western Maryland and they put in a microchip and also a chip in his ear so he could be identified if shot.
Harry said the bear has evidently been able to avoid the hunters, apparently spends his time wandering between Maryland, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.
I did see a stor y in the papers earlier that the farmers in Garrett County are losing money on their corn crops because of the bears who came into the fields and roll around besides eating the ears. Spiker said he had seen damage pockets in a field as big as 60 yards across in the middle. The story said that last year, $26,073 in damages was documented and that farmers were only reimbursed $4,149. Spiker said the bears go into the middle of the fields and start pulling down stalks and the farmer does not know they are there until they begin to harvest.
And speaking of hunting, I see by the Tidewater Trader that deer killed by vehicles on the highways in 2015 numbers 11,087 statewide. Queen Anne’s only counted 19, the lowest of any county in the state. According to the chart in the paper, Caroline had 110 killed, Kent 44 and Talbot, 196.
••• A BIG WIN The Ravens pulled off a big win Sunday as those Pittsburgh Steelers could not get anything going. Football is my favorite sport so Sundays keep me glued to the television, even as it usually runs into the starting time for “Sixty Minutes.” But I thought the offensive line gave Joe Flacco more time to throw passes and the defense throttled down on the Steeler’s offense. Let’s hope the Ravens can keep up the winning ways.