2016-03-17 / Letters

Ask candidates one question and you’ll know

To the editor:

In these times of political turmoil, the media blitz is in full effect. There are a lot of people out there promising you the moon, but how do you know who the right choice is? When candidates spend more time and money attacking each other then actually explaining what they stand for, what questions need to be asked? We all want to vote for someone who represents us, but how do we know for sure if they are the candidate for you?

After countless hours sifting through the political madness, I have come up with one question that will instantly tell you if a candidate truly represents you: Do you support Daylight Savings Time?

Laugh all you want, this question is the true litmus test for all politicians. Daylight Savings Time has been in effect since 1916. Last I checked we were no longer conserving resources against our deadly Axis foes and yet Daylight Savings Time is still in effect.

Ask yourself this: Have you ever netted any benefit from Daylight Savings Time? I have gone out of my way to talk to people from various walks of life, businessmen, farmers, teachers, etc.; yet none of them claim any benefit from this process. In fact, all you ever hear about is how much of a pain it is to have their sleep schedule messed up and that they have to go around and change all the clocks. Here we have something that has been if effect for ages, has no known benefit to the average resident, causes nothing but hassle and headaches and yet nothing is done about it because that's just the way things are. Is that not the perfect metaphor for our political troubles?

So whether you are a Republican, Democrat or Independent, this question can help you cut through the morass of political nonsense that gets constantly spewed as we get closer and closer to the elections. By asking this simple question we can get so many answers: Does this candidate truly represent you? Is the candidate willing to take on the system to bring change? And most importantly, who really benefits from Daylight Savings Time?

Oh, and by the way, did you know that our representative, Chellie Pingree, is supporting Hillary Clinton? Last time I checked, her constituents endorsed Bernie Sanders. Wait until she runs for office again. Not.

Doug Becker Saco

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