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Daylight Savings Time Bill

Florida lawmakers want to pass legislation for more working, learning and playing time in the sunshine.Two bills, called the “Sunshine Protection Act,” would ask Congress to give the state permission to make Daylight SavingS Time year round. The proposals each passed their first Senate and House committees unanimously this week.

If Congress agrees, Florida would join two other states that have exempted themselves from the 1966 law that set a uniform time for all time zones across the country. Hawaii and most of Arizona are on Standard Time year-round.

Under federal law, the U.S. Department of Transportation has been given the task of setting time zones but allows states to exempt themselves from the new ones if Congress approves. Daylight SavingS Time (when you set your clocks forward or backwards by one hour) runs from the second Sunday in March to the first Sunday in November.
The practical impact of that change would mean that on the Winter Solstice — that’s the day in the Northern Hemisphere with the least amount of daylight — sunrise in Florida would be at about 8 a.m. and sunset would be at about 6:30 p.m. instead of 7 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. like it is now.

The Senate’s version of the bill also moves the western part of the state, which is in Central Time, into the Eastern Time zone, if Congress approves.

Senate sponsor Greg Steube, a Sarasota Republican, said he got the idea after walking into his local barbershop last fall, shortly after the clocks changed from Daylight Savings to Standard Time.
“One of the barbers had young children and it had such a negative impact every time they set their clocks back [that they had trouble] getting their kids up for school,” he told the Senate Community Affairs Committee meeting on Tuesday.

So he filed the bill and the idea has “turned into something I’ve never seen happen,” he said.
Studies have found that observing Daylight Savings Times year-round would boost the economy, save energy, improve road and public safety, and reduce crime, due to the fact there is more sunlight in the evening hours,” she told the House Local, Federal & Veterans Affairs on Wednesday.

Fitzenhagen predicted it will improve mental health and simplify life.
“This is the first great step to putting more sunshine in our lives,” she said. “How many times have you gotten home from work in the winter time and you’d like to throw the football, dip a line in, or go out to dinner with your spouse? This will give people the opportunity to have more quality time when its nicest in Florida.”
This isn’t the first time the idea has been proposed. Rep. Mark Danish, a Tampa Democrat, filed a bill to make Daylight Savings Time year round in 2014, but the measure never got a hearing.



Written By: Kimiya Watkins

Image Credit to Getty Images

“Not Sorry”- A Poem

How are y’all always up in our face telling us how much you love our braids but when it’s time to talk about race y’all always telling us we’re such a disgrace
I’m tired of sitting around waiting for someone to stop this madness
So if no one will stand up and have the tenacity then I will…I’ll take it on and grab it straight by the throat and fight for my rights like I am the GOAT the same way my ancestors did
Regardless of who wants my people to fit in a DNA that doesn’t belong to them our skin ain’t ever gonna change all that matters is that I bleed blood and that I bruise the same way
Stop degrading my people and making them feel less than what they are ’cause we are stars baby and we shine bright because our ancestors are the diamonds in the sky that led us from slavery and they’ll set us free from the systematic oppression that these people currently have us trapped in
We’re all kin regardless of where we’re from because we all have two things in common our skin and our history
So don’t tell me we’re not related because you have no right to make that statement especially if you haven’t been through what we’ve been through that’s why me kneeling shouldn’t offend you but I’m sorry if it did boo it just means you’ll never understand the truth about you and who raised you
I’m not sorry for staying woke and realizing that y’all people are a joke I’m not sorry for being black & beautiful I’m not sorry for fighting for my rights with all my might I’m not sorry for being honest with you and expressing the ultimate truth
I’m not sorry, I’m not sorry, I’m not sorry but I am sorry that you can’t see how beautiful this world is with you and I even though we may not be able to see eye to eye. But that’s what’s so great about our world we can all see it in a different light even though it may not always be right it still shines pretty bright


Written By: Kimiya Watkins

Lake Howell Blackout

 On Friday November 10, 2017 a group of students got together and held an organized blackout at Lake Howell High School. A blackout is when a group of people wear all black to signify that they are against something that has happened or is happening; a blackout typically happens within the African American community.


The blackout was not organized as a part of Lake Howell’s Black Achievement Cultural Club (BACC). It was, however, arranged by a few students who are in the club.

The students organized this blackout date because they felt as though their opinions, as well as others, were not being respected regarding their choice to sit during the Pledge of Allegiance, especially under occasions where teachers had asked students to leave class.

Student Tymia Williams (Junior) commented,“It was very important for this to happen because they [our community] need to know that we matter too.”

One student, Nyla Davis (Junior), has been told to leave her first period class a total of three times in the week prior to the blackout for sitting during the pledge.

Davis said the teacher had not said anything the entire year until the recent announcement made by Principal Kotkin about people who have continued to walk during the pledge. Davis said, “I don’t understand. I’ve been doing the same thing since the first day of school.” Davis is one of several who have been asked to leave class.

After speaking with Principal Kotkin about the issue, he clarified that “students should have a pass if their teachers have any issues. There will be no disciplinary actions unless a student defies the teacher.”

Mr. Kotkin attended the BACC meeting and talked with the students face to face to ask what he could do to help. He has been very supportive of his students and wants to help students push forward in making a difference.


By Kimiya Watkins

Photo Credit to Malonte Odom