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Compromise on time
change is fine

Standard or Daylight Saving Time? At present, this appears to be an issue of national import in Congress. Arguments for a half-yearly time change are about providing more sun in the mornings during winter, especially for school children, and providing longer sunny evenings for commuting and after work. But the weather change has been associated with statistically significant negative effects on some people’s cardio health. Also morning/evening commuters driving SE or SW just throw the rising/setting sun out of their eyes when the weather change brings the sun back.

So how about a compromise? Let’s introduce Optimal Time (OT), halfway through, and leave our clocks there for the entire year. School children and commuters would get ½ hour earlier sunlight plus ½ hour more evening light year-round, and avoid the health problems exacerbated by the twice-yearly weather changes. And we could stop fighting. For time.

Wallace Clark
Concord

The role of parents in children
mental health left out

In the opinion piece “California Needs More Urgency on Mental Health Care” (page A6, Nov. 10), Jim Beal writes “most mental health problems begin in childhood and are usually not recognized and treated.” He points to the shortage of mental health professionals.

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For the better success of educational efforts during the pandemic, the participation of the parent was necessary. Unfortunately, given the demands of modern life, parents rarely have that time, availability or energy.

For a child’s mental health, the parent imposes appropriate discipline, structure, and restrictions until the child can integrate those things. They also require a level of time, availability and energy. There are levels of parental depression and anxiety that are communicated to the child.

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

James Erickson
Brentwood

Avoid a holiday tragedy;
don’t drink and drive

Holiday season: Gatherings with family and friends. These events can lead to life-changing consequences, such as drunk driving.

When I was 16 in 1992, I was hit by a drunk driver. Now I can walk and talk, but my hearing is impaired. I’ve been lip-reading for over 30 years and can’t listen to music very well. “Irish Christmas in America” ​​in Berklee sounds like a wonderful event, but I wouldn’t be able to hear the merry holiday tunes. Drunk drivers hurt lives in many ways.

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

My message to drive sober will never get old because it saves lives. Happy Holidays.

Lori Martin
Tracy

Time to refocus
to fight TB

As cases of COVID-19 decline worldwide, it’s time to turn our attention to a previous global pandemic: tuberculosis. Before the arrival of COVID-19, tuberculosis rates were declining, but in 2021 the number of deaths rose to 1.6 million people.

Tuberculosis is not as contagious as COVID, but its drain on the global economy is significant. In 2017, the Lancet estimated that the global cost of the disease between 2015 and 2030 will be nearly $1 trillion. Given inflation and the backsliding of disease control without 2020’s COVID, it’s fair to say the estimate is higher now.

I want to thank Reps. Mike Thompson and Mark DeSaulnier for co-sponsoring the End TB Now Act (HR 8654) and urge Rep. Jerry McNerney to do the same before he retires in January. I also urge Senators Dianne Feinstein and Alex Padilla to sponsor the Senate version of the bill (S. 3386).

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Jim Driggers
Concord

A division stretched back
until the 80s, it comes from the right

In reference to David Brooks’ column (“Can someone explain clearly why the Democrats aren’t beating these guys?” Page A17, November 7), he was baffled by our growing political divide, stating “I don’t fully understand why this animosity has grown in the last few decades.”

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