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Mar. 10, 2013 @ 05:00 AM

THUMBS UP: Working together for hunger

Although civic club membership has waned in the United States, civic involvement hasn’t necessarily followed suit. Lee County’s three Rotary Clubs are good examples — collectively, numbers aren’t what they used to be among the Sanford, Jonesboro and SanLee clubs, but they’ve joined forces on numerous occasions to work on community-enhancing projects and to keep pace with their Lions and Kiwanis brethren.

One such project is next Saturday’s “Stop Hunger Now” — part of an international effort to provide meals in impoverished areas of the world. Strategically, SHN works to link food distribution with school attendance — so kids in exceedingly poor areas get a good meal, are motivated to attend school, and go home with not just a little bit more knowledge, but food for their families as well. This is the sixth SHN go-round for the clubs, and the event begins at 10 a.m. Saturday.

Club members and other volunteers work to put a truckload of bags of rice, soy meal and other ingredients into sealed packets of meals for a family. It’s a big task: the day’s goal is package 25,000 meals over the course of two shifts. It’s “working together” in an exponential way. So show up to help — and bring non-perishable canned foods with you, because they’ll be donated to local food pantries to help the hungry here as well.  

THUMBS UP: Daylight Savings Time

Daylight Savings Time isn’t a holiday, and it’s likely that few of us church-goers felt like much celebrating this morning after having to arise an hour earlier, but hey — won’t it be worth having the so-called “extra hour” of daylight later on?

Keep that in mind if you’re reading this through yawns and sleep-filled eyes....

We’re all at the mercy of the clock. Being at the mercy of the exploitive “DST” isn’t as much of a hassle as punching a time clock, but it can feel like it. In a few days, we will have found a way to make it work: our sleep patterns will adjust, and as the temperatures warm more and more of us will take advantage of the best part of spring and early summer — perfect conditions for after-work exercise, pre-dusk strolls, weeknight yard work (for those who enjoy such things), and being able to use the sun’s light to tell if those burgers or that chicken on the grill are really done.

Early on, DST provided the benefit of reducing evening usage of electricity. There’s gathering momentum for simply doing away with moving our clocks twice a year because research into the modern-day benefits of DST is contradictory. But there’s one thing no one will argue: in a week or so, when the sun’s setting around 7:30 p.m. —and not during the weeknight rush hour, like it did a couple of months ago — the days won’t just feel brighter, they’ll be brighter.