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Letters, Nov. 13

Time change risks lives

I like Daylight Savings Time in the spring with longer sunlight after work, less now with darkness after work.

Modern support for DST came from a 1975 Department of Transportation study reporting a 1 percent energy savings may be moot with the increased use of air conditioning and seasonal-affective-disorder light therapy. What hasn’t changed is the spike in pedestrian fatalities by automobiles around 6 p.m. in the weeks after DST change.

Carnegie-Mellon University researchers found pedestrians are three times more likely to be struck and killed by a car in the week after DST compared to the month before. In 2005, researchers at the University of Michigan reported 63 pedestrian fatalities the week before DST and, sadly, 227 killed the week after. Fatalities decline in the weeks after DST, demonstrating drivers go through a period of adjustment.

When Benjamin Franklin mused about being thrifty with his lamp oil and proposed resetting clocks in a letter to the editor of the Journal de Paris in 1784, he couldn’t have had this evidence. We do. Let’s drive more cautiously at this time and be extra vigilant for pedestrians and bicyclists sharing the road. We don’t want to make any more sad news.

Rick Foster

Medford

Money without borders

Capitalism, if regulated, is a fine socioeconomic policy and can be an honorable business ethic. But capitalism, if unregulated, is feeding grounds for the greedy and selfish that have no sense of honor whatsoever.

America’s capitalist heroes like W’s granddaddy, Prescott Bush, along with Henry Ford, General Motors, Rockefeller’s Chase National Bank and Standard Oil, ITT and others had no moral or ethical issues doing business with Germany’s Third Reich. With their investments, Hitler & Co. were, after all, certainly putting people back to work improving Deutschland’s infrastructure and economy, what with building railroads, internment camps, ovens and such. Might even have had a wall on the drawing board.

Steve Sutfin

Talent

Good old days

Oh how I long for the good old days, when it was news if President Obama picked his nose.

Bill Meyer

Medford

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