The Coshocton County Beacon April 3, 2019 - Page 4

| OPINION Y es, spring is actually ally opposed the move, and here - just look at worked to have it repealed. the calendar if you Th e United States started need proof. And, the observing DST in 1919. grass is showing glimmers of Speaking of the Ohio more green each and every Legislature, your opinions day. Sure, we may vault into on their proposed gas tax summer after a week of Not enough. It’s MARK’S MUSINGS increase? spring just like last year but a that simple. I, like everyone vault into summer is certain- else, prefer not to pay more ly better than a fl op back into winter. I’ll taxes. But in this case, it is like putting certainly take it as it comes. We can’t do your fi nger in a dike. You know the story anything about it anyway but if memory - you plug one hole and another pops up. serves - and I admit I lose a tad more each Either put in an increase that actually year - you better get that mower ready. does some good or don’t do it at all. Th is Something tells me the grass is going to also works at the local level. Either way, grow. But just to throw this in - I do recall the gas tax debate will continue into this mowing some yards as a kid in March. week as lawmakers missed the deadline. Th e Ohio Senate is looking at a bill to Our current gas tax in Ohio is 28 cents per make daylight savings time permanent as gallon, enacted in 2005. you may have heard by now. Two senators And here’s a tidbit for you - which state proposed the bill - Senate Bill 119 - which has the highest gas tax? Our neighbor would allow Ohio to join Hawaii and to the east - no, not West Virginia but Arizona as the only two states that do not Pennsylvania - at 58.7 cents per gallon. observe daylight savings time. (Th e Na- And you guessed it; California is next at vajo tribe does observe it on their lands) 55.22 cents per gallon. Th e federal excise I think you have to look at the origins of tax on gasoline (yes, we pay that too!) is daylight savings time to know if this is a 18.4 cents per gallon on gasoline and 24.4 good idea or not. And I wonder - why is cents per gallon on diesel fuel. It has not this not a federal issue? It seems like ev- been increased since 1993 and is not tied erything else is. Believe it or not (you can to infl ation or we would be paying a lot Google this) the idea was fi rst proposed more for gasoline and diesel fuel. And in by Benjamin Franklin - who actually pro- my opinion, the tax is not helping Penn- posed moving two hours of time -but not sylvania roads. Have you been on any of the actual clock - just a sleep schedule. He their roads lately? I speak from experi- got this idea from the French. ence in this case. And Germany was the fi rst nation to It’s pretty simple really. Th e cost of road enact DST - during World War I - and they construction, replacing aging bridges and got the idea from an Englishman. Th e other infrastructure, let alone keeping up premise was simple - to save electricity. with the increase in the number of vehi- Now Germany is working to get rid of cles on the highways and miles driven DST as is much of Europe. Th e European does not allow for enough funds to keep Union is proposing to stop the twice year- pace with infl ation. Th ere’s that ugly word ly change of clocks in case you wanted to raising its head. Despite what some of the know. Russia, Iceland, Turkey and several pundits might tell us, infl ation does exist. other nations no longer observe DST. Talk to anyone that buys food lately? And contrary to popular belief, the Okay, enough of the history lesson - it’s move was not made to benefi t farmers. It time for baseball and the fi nal four! was to save electricity and famers actu- | Smith and Williams honored by media COLUMBUS – Th e Division III and IV boys’ basketball All-Ohio teams were an- nounced by a statewide media panel. Th e teams were selected by members of the Ohio Prep Sportswriters Association. Receiving honorable mention for Divi- sion III were Koleten Smith from Ridge- wood High School and Gavin Williams from Coshocton High School. Contributed | Beacon Kent State Tuscarawas holding scholarship golf outing NEW PHILADELPHIA - Kent State University at Tuscarawas is sponsoring the 18th an- nual Scholarship Golf Outing on Friday, April 26 at Oak Shadows Golf Club. Th e four-player, 18-hole scramble registration begins at 10:30 a.m. with a shotgun start at noon. Greens fees include light lunch and steak dinner. Registration deadline is Friday, April 19. All proceeds benefi t Alumni Legacy Scholarships for deserving students at Kent State Tuscarawas. Th e event is open to all. To enter a team or become an event sponsor, contact Chad Conrad at 330- 308-7445 or cconra1@kent.edu. Contributed | Beacon Malone Alumni Choir to perform CANTON - On Sunday, April 7, the Malone University Alumni Choir will be in con- cert at 3 p.m. in the Stewart Room of the Randall Campus Center (Th e Barn) on the MU campus at 2600 Cleveland Ave. NW, Canton. Members of the group include those that graduated in the late 1960s through the present. Darius McBride and Les Widder are co-directors. Th e public is cordially invited to this concert. More information can be obtained by calling 330-284-8284 or 740-622-1138. On Sunday, April 14, the MU Alumni Choir will be in concert at the Abundant Life Church, 7489 Township Road 103, Millersburg, three miles south next to Black Diamond Golf Course. Th at event will start at 6 p.m. in the sanctuary. Infor- mation about that concert can be given by calling 330-413-4044 or by checking their Facebook page at “abundantlifemi- llersburg.” Although the concerts are free, there will be a love off ering taken to support the Malone University music scholarship program. Contributed | Beacon TheBeacon The w w w.coshoc tonbeacontoday.com Positively Coshocton County Since 2008 Share Your Opinion! Th e Coshocton County Beacon believes in our right of free speech. Th e Beacon will publish a letter to the editor or an opinion as space permits. A letter to the editor must contain your name and city or village of your postal zip code. Example: John Smith, Fresno. To maintain accuracy the preferred method of delivery is email in Microsoft Word format. Please email your letter to mark@coshoctoncountybeacon.com. Printed or mailed letters to the editor will have to be retyped and Th e Beacon does not guarantee accuracy. 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