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Compromise on time
The change is in order

Standard time or daylight saving time? For now, this appears to be a matter of national import in Congress. Arguments for the biannual time change relate to providing more morning sunlight during winter, particularly for schoolchildren, and providing longer sunlit evenings for commuting and after-work activities. But the temporal change is associated with statistically significant adverse effects on heart health in some people. Also, morning/evening passengers who drive SE or SW only get the sunrise/sunset from their eyes when the time change sets the sun back.

Well, how about bargaining? Let’s establish the optimal time (OT), halfway through, and leave our hours there all year long. School children and commuters will get an hour and a half earlier of sunlight plus an hour more evening light all year round, and we’ll avoid health problems exacerbated by the twice-yearly time change. And we can stop bickering. about time.

Wallace Clark
Concord

The role of parents in children
Mental health exclusion

In the opinion articleCalifornia needs more urgency on mental health care(Page A 6, November 10), Jim Bell writes: “Most mental health problems begin in childhood and are not usually recognized and treated.” He points to a shortage of mental health professionals.

For education efforts to better succeed during the pandemic, parental involvement has been essential. Unfortunately, due to the exigencies of modern life, parents rarely have that time, availability or energy.

For the mental health of the child, the parents impose discipline, structure, and appropriate boundaries so that the child can integrate these things. These, too, require a level of time, availability, and energy. There are levels of parental depression and anxiety that are communicated to the child.

A professional teacher and therapist alone cannot meet the challenge. (Of course, on some occasions, professional areas are needed to support a child’s mental health.)

James Erickson
Brentwood

Avoid the tragedy of the feast.
Don’t drink and drive

The holiday season: get-togethers with family and friends. These events can lead to life-altering consequences, such as drunk driving.

When I was 16 in 1992, I was hit by a drunk driver. I can walk and talk now, but my hearing is damaged. For over 30 years I’ve been lip reading and can’t hear music very well. An Irish Christmas in America in Berkeley sounds like a great event, but I won’t be able to hear the merry holiday tunes. Drunk drivers harm lives in many ways.

Planning to attend a party? Make smart decisions now if you plan to drink: Don’t drive while drunk. I urge you to have a sober friend, a taxi, etc., to drive you to and from your location. This ensures the safety of everyone on the road.

My message of discreet leadership will never age because it saves lives. happy vacation.

Laurie Martin
Tracy

It’s time to refocus
About tuberculosis

As cases of COVID-19 decline in the world, it is time to turn attention to the previous global epidemic: tuberculosis. Before the arrival of COVID, tuberculosis rates were dropping, but in 2021 the number of deaths rose to 1.6 million people.

TB is not as contagious as COVID, but its drain on the global economy is significant. In 2017, the Lancet estimated the global cost of the disease between approximately 2015 and 2030 1 trillion dollars. Given the inflation and rollback in non-COVID disease control since 2020, it’s fair to say the estimate is now higher.

I would like to thank Representatives Mike Thompson and Marc Desolnier for their co-sponsorship of the End TB Now Act (HR 8654Rep. Jerry McInerney urged to do the same before retiring in January. I also urge Senators Dianne Feinstein and Alex Padilla to co-sponsor the Senate version of the bill (Q 3386).

Jim Drigers
Concord

The split extended backwards
To the 80s, you come from the right

Regarding David Brooks’ column (“Can anyone explain why the Democrats don’t beat these guys?Page A 17, November 7, bewildered by our growing political divide, saying ‘I don’t quite understand why this hostility has escalated over the past two decades. “

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