Is everybody sitting down? Get ready, because here’s a shout-out to the U.S. Congress, which – whatever other miseries it has inflicted upon the American public – got at least one thing gloriously, spectacularly, horologically correct. Tonight, we change the clocks.
Because of this neat trick, we get an extra hour of evening light each day – enough so that by spring’s end, the days become like taffy – stretching so long they seem like they could break in two.
Yes, we pay for it with an hour’s less sleep and mornings that, for a short time, are yanked back into darkness. But that’s small potatoes compared to the manifold blessings of daylight saving time. Thank you Congress, and it’s on to spring.
Horology, by the way, is the study of time (we looked it up).
And, speaking of the miseries of Congress, can somebody do something about Darrell Issa? The California Republican, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, has a history of obnoxious histrionics, and he was in full flower this week during yet another hearing on the IRS and its actions regarding tea party related groups.
During the hearing, Issa, apparently not approving of the comments of Democratic Rep. Elijah Cummings, ordered the microphone of Maryland representative cut off in the middle of his statement.
The move was entirely in character for Issa, though he did – uncharacteristically – apologize a day later. That’s fine, but the chairman of a House committee should be long out of his adolescence.
It’s no surprise that the Buffalo Bills are joining the Sabres in a variable ticket-pricing scheme. Some games – think New England in September – are just more attractive than others – think Minnesota near Christmas.
But if they want to build a little goodwill with fans, team owners should adopt a variable refund policy tied to the effort put out by the home team during each game. So a late-season stinker by the Bills or a dreary 3-0 loss by the Sabres would entitle fans who sit through those games to the maximum refund.
Maybe Hamburg town officials were hearing strains of that noted ’70s song, “Signs” when they told Scott Zawierucha that he couldn’t display a giant anti-SAFE Act banner on his fence facing busy South Park Avenue.
Hamburg Town Justices Walter L. Rooth II and Gerald Gorman removed themselves from judging whether the sign violates town law, and the case will be reassigned to another town court near Hamburg.
We don’t envy whoever that judge turns out to be the task of deciding whether Zawierucha’s banner rises to the level of “Sign, sign, everywhere a sign; Blockin’ out the scenery, breakin’ my mind.”