- The Washington Times - Saturday, August 9, 2008

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

The 1,500-meter run is about a mile, 100-meter swim and run are about the length of a 100-yard football field, etc. So, why doesn’t the U.S. convert to the International System of Units, known as SI (from the French Systeme International d’Unites), which is the standard metric system of measurement?

We buy soft drinks, wine and other products in SI quantities, auto engines are given in liters (SI), nuts and bolts are SI, autos have metric readouts, and the list goes on and on.

A good practical example is that a millimeter of rain in one square meter equals a liter of water (about a quart), which weighs 1 kilogram (2.2 pounds), and 1,000 liters is a cubic meter (kiloliter - KL), which weighs a metric ton. The SI is a coherent system.

It’s time for Congress to remove barriers and let industry and commerce do their thing to get with the rest of the world and officially go metric, Thomas L. Friedman says in his book “The World Is Flat.” So, let’s get with it.

G. STANLEY DOORE

Silver Spring

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