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Utah to Potentially Discontinue Daylight Savings, According to New Bill.

by Nutsa Javakhadze

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On Monday, March 11th, U.S Representative Rob Bishop announced a bill that would give individual states the freedom to choose if they want to be on daylight savings or standard time year round. According to Bishop, this will help people fight the feeling of grogginess they experience when they first switch to daylights savings time after a period of not using it.

Although states are given a choice, the majority of them, including Utah, will most likely choose the more popular option – starting daylight savings time in the spring, and continuing through summer and part of fall, and then going back to standard time for the other part of the year.

Marsha Judkins, a Republican representative from Provo who is in support of the bill, said that this year there were more than 60 bills in over 30 states addressing the issue of setting the clocks forward and back.

“Changing our clocks has a very detrimental impact on us,” she said. “It affects our health, our psychological health, and our society, our productivity.”

Sleep scientists suggest getting rid of daylight savings. The National Sleep Foundation said that people aged 13-18 need at least 8 hours of sleep, with 10 hours being the ideal amount.

According to University of Utah sleep expert, Kelly Glazer Baron, who is an Associate Professor in the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine, loss of sleep impacts a teenager’s performance in school and their alertness on the road.

“Teenagers need even more sleep than adults.” she said.

Some people are opposed to this potential change for two reasons: one – in their opinion, changing clocks isn’t really time-consuming, and two – most people get different amounts of sleep night-to-night anyways, so losing an hour or two to daylight savings time wouldn’t really make much of a difference.

President Trump tweeted that he is ‘OK with making Daylight Savings permanent,’ but Congress has yet to decide where it stands on the issue.

Some students at Rockwell aren’t so happy about the custom.

“It’s annoying to switch back the clocks,” said Rockwell junior Sierra Maldonado. “It throws people off.”

Aside from being annoying, some feel it isn’t necessary anymore.

“It is an outdated practice and although it used to be necessary, it is not anymore,” said Rockwell sophomore Kane Webb. “We need to move on and start using things that are actually useful to us now.”

The importance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day today and every day

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by Kaya Garza

As Black History Month comes to an end, we reflect upon the sacrifices Dr. King and similar activists made in the 1960s ultimately led to the success of the Civil Rights Movement, but many believe that it’s still far from over.

We should all believe that.

The United States has a stained history regarding African-American liberation and equality, and it has continually progressed through many eras and presidencies. From slavery and segregation to Reagan’s War on Drugs that led to mass incarcerations of minorities, more specifically that of African-Americans. This conduit of oppression has a particular cadence, one that lingers despite strenuous efforts to abolish it. Many Americans truly believe racism isn’t a problem, considering the former African-America President, Barack Obama, and comprehensive education that teaches our children from a young age that racism is a giant mistake on behalf of our country. One that we must never make again.

But here’s the catch: just because we recognize racism as a nation certainly does not mean we’ve mitigated it enough. Racism has effectively become political: if you condemn police brutality, you are now anti-police. If you condemn the media for a lack of representation, you are a millennial liberal who grew up offended by everything. If you condemn our prison system, you are “soft on crime“ and “soft on drugs”.Black activists are often portrayed as anti-America because if you condemn these things, you’re a radical and extremist.

Colin Kaepernick is a perfect example of this: he kneeled peacefully during an NFL game, protesting racial injustice in our country. Members of extreme right-wing think tanks and media outlets reprimanded Kaepernick, accusing him of being unpatriotic and disrespectful towards our veterans. Then a small minority of Black Lives Matter activists broke a couple of windows. An action explicitly condemned by the group leaders. Isn’t it odd that they get angry about both forms of protest? It seems like they simply find the protesting unnecessary.

“That’s what America is built upon,” said Rockwell senior Marshall Sellers. “It’s the right of the people to protest peacefully and stand up for what they believe in. Even if that means sitting.”

So how does this translate and coincide with Martin Luther King Jr Day?

Perhaps we can look back on how Dr. King and other activists were treated by political figures and members of the media. They condemned him, called him a communist, ridiculed his efforts. Now, he has a monument in our nation‘s Capital.

We have to understand as a nation that protest is the cornerstone of our sovereignty, and has led to the guarantees afforded to us by our Constitution. A protest is not un-American, it is actually quite the opposite. Having the right to fight for your rights is the most American thing I can think of. Let’s take some time to consider why we still must protest, and to defend our country’s minorities. The importance of Dr. King‘s holiday will never be diminished, no matter who may disrespect modern day Civil Rights activists. That fight is far from over.