AUTHOR: Marsha Brofka-Berends DATE: 4/24/2007 10:16:00 PM ----- BODY:
(I wonder how many Google hits on that title will bring people here...) In Making Light I came across this letter, written by a Little Rock lawyer and published in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette on 16 April:
You may have noticed that March of this year was particularly hot. As a matter of fact, I understand that it was the hottest March since the beginning of the last century. All of the trees were fully leafed out and legions of bugs and snakes were crawling around during a time in Arkansas when, on a normal year, we might see a snowflake or two. This should come as no surprise to any reasonable person. As you know, Daylight Saving Time started almost a month early this year. You would think that members of Congress would have considered the warming effect that an extra hour of daylight would have on our climate. Or did they ? Perhaps this is another plot by a liberal Congress to make us believe that global warming is a real threat. Perhaps next time there should be serious studies performed before Congress passes laws with such far-reaching effects. CONNIE M. MESKIMEN Hot Springs
My first thought was "Oh. My. Dog." Then I read through the comments and learned that the letter was apparently a satire--one that yielded lots of angry letters in the newspaper from readers unaware that it was a satire. Did the newspaper print the original letter in all sincerity, I wonder? Or were the editors also aware of the joke?

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-------- COMMENT-AUTHOR:Gina COMMENT-DATE:Wednesday, April 25, 2007 2:11:00 PM COMMENT-BODY:This is particularly amusing since congress passed the bill that made the time-change happen earlier back in August 2005 when both chambers were REPUBLICAN.

G -------- COMMENT-AUTHOR:Slaax Gumbo COMMENT-DATE:Thursday, April 26, 2007 11:09:00 PM COMMENT-BODY:I heard on NBC news (for what that's worth) that gas consumption was up 2.5% because of the longer days. We've saved electricity and boosted oil profits. --------