- The Washington Times - Sunday, March 8, 2009

Today is the start of Daylight Saving Time. If that’s news to you, then it’s later than you think.

I hate the start of Daylight Saving. Setting my clock ahead an hour makes me feel like I’m being robbed of something precious — an hour’s worth of sleep. It makes me an hour older before I’m ready to accept the idea.

The idea behind Daylight Saving is that people will use less energy because they’ll turn their lights on an hour later in the evenings. What I find is that I turn my lights on an hour earlier in the mornings to avoid stumbling around in the dark.

But that’s just me. I’m sure the government knows what it’s doing.

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I saw a story the other day about how some state governments are thinking about doing away with executions in order to save money.

Death penalty cases take longer to try, require more lawyers and generate more appeals — factors that can cost states millions of dollars for each case over several years.

So Maryland, Montana and New Mexico are said to be close to banning executions. And Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska and New Hampshire are considering similar legislation.

Then I overheard this conversation in a Maryland penitentiary (mostly in my head):

Death-row inmate: “So I guess this is it, huh? You’re going to execute me.”

Corrections official: “Oh, no. We don’t do that anymore.”

Death-row inmate: “No? Why? Too much opposition based on moral principle?”

Corrections official: “Nope.”

Death-row inmate: “Fear about the possibility of executing an innocent convict?”

Story Continues →