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PAGE 4 THE FLORALA NEWS - WEDNESDAY, MARCH 28, 2012 Comments k  t Letter to the Editor The Florala News' editorial section is intended to provide our readers and citizens as complete an opportunity to express themselves with as few re- strictions as possible. Profanity, direct or implied, and attacks on one's per- son rather than on actions or deeds are not acceptable. Publication on this page in NO WAY REFLECTS AGREEMENT OR ENDORSEMENT B Y THIS NEWSPAPER. Spring is.upon us. Seems like literally yesterday when I saw no leaves on my trees. Now everything is green. Here is some facts about one of the most beloved seasons from animalplanet.com: To Everything Turn, Turn, Turn... According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric As- sociation, the seasons are caused by the Earth being tilted on its axis by an average of 23.5 degrees (Earth's tilt on its axis actually varies from near 22 degrees to 24.5 degrees). As the Earth revolves around the Sun, the Sun is directly over the equator. The Sun's energy is in balance between the northern and southern hemispheres. During the spring equinox near March 21st, the Sun is once again directly over the equator. A common misconception is that the Earth is farther from the sun in winter than in summer. Actually, the Earth is closest to the sun in December, which is winter in the North- ern hemisphere. Spring is the Air/ In the United States and the rest of the northern hemi- sphere, the first day of the spring season is the day of the year when the Sun crosses the celestial equator moving northward (on March 20th or 21st). This day is known as the vernal equinox. The vernal equinox marks the beginning of the astrologi- cal year when the sun enters the sign of Aries. Also known as Ostara, the pagan goddess of spring and fertility, the vernal equinox signifies new life emerging this time of year. Spring Forward... Beginning in 2007, most of the United States begins Day- light Saving Time at 2:00 a.m. on the second Sunday in March and reverts to standard time on the first Sunday in November. In the U.S., each time zone switches at a differ- ent time. According to studies conducted by the U.S. Department of Transportation, Daylight Saving Time saves energy. Results show that Daylight Saving Time trims the entire country's electricity usage by a small but significant amount (about one percent a day) because less electricity is used. Why Wear a Watch? One of the best ways to determine spring is by watching and tracking migratory animals, such as fish, bats, birds and butterflies that have an innate biological clock necessary for survival by means of eating, wakingsleeping, blooming, migrating, mating and more. And What About Global Warming? According to the National Wildlife Federation, climate warming can instigate the early migration of animals, con- fusing the ecosystem and making food supply scarce. As spe- cies move, they may have to deal with different prey, preda- tors and competitors as well as habitats that are less than ideal. It could take centuries for some plants to adapt to global warming. Animals Commonly Associated With Spring... Rabbit, gray whale, bald eagle, frog, hummingbird, rob- in, deer, fox, sea otter,, bear, whooping crane, loon, manatee Insects and Invertebrates Commonly Associated With Spring... Honeybee, monarch butterfly, ladybug, earthworm Plantsflowers Commonly Associated With Spring... Azaleas, lilacs, tulips, dahlias, lilies, daffodils, hyacinths, primrose, maple Songs About Spring... # In Led Zeppelin's "Rain Song," the first verse pays hom- age to the season of spring. # Van Morrison's "Celtic Spring" references spring throughout its chorus. # Legendary jazz vocalist Billie Holiday chants about love in the song "Some Other Spring." # Frank Sinatra is suddenly young and free in his song "Suddenly It's Spring." # Nina Simone has spring fever in "It Might as Well be Spring. " # Tom Waits remembers everything that spring brings in "You Can Never Hold Back Spring." # Lead vocalist of Swedish band Flunk sings about his kiss in "Spring to Kingdom Come." # Folk songstress Dar Williams starts over on "Spring Street," where she's welcome any time. Top U.S. Spring Break Getaways... Beaches - Miami, Key West, South Padre Island, Myrtle Beach, Maui MountainsSkiing - Jackson Hole, Aspen, Lake Tahoe, Vail CROSSWORD One r-if00j government to rule them all ALABAMA POLICY INSTITUTE BY CAMERON SMITH, API POLICY DIRECTOR AND GENERAL COUNSEL In J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord port "friendly" politicians when they come up for reelection. of the Rings, the protagonist is charged with destroying a ring of immense power. Throughout the novel, characters with the best and worst of intentions strive to possess and thereby control the power of the ring. The more they use that power, the more warped and twisted they become. While The Lord of the Rings has made its way onto sum- mer reading lists for generations, this work of fiction bears a strong resemblance to what Americans have come to ex- pect of their federal and state governments. The power of government is unparalleled in America. Combined state and federal government expenditures ac- count for 35.4% of America's Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Government's spending influence is augmented by expansive regulation and social mandates. In their zeal to wield such power, even for the noblest of ends, many American politicians have expanded govern- ment's reach even further. Because the cost of securing con- trol of government grows proportionally to government's size, politicians who possess the power of government face the temptation to use it in a manner to perpetuate that con- trol. According to a recent Rasmussen report, almost 40% of Americans believe that the United States engages in crony capitalism where business success depends largely on fa- vorable treatment from the government. Businesses ben- efitting from such practices have strong incentives to sup- When the government's role in the econom and society is reduced, so are the opportunities for cronyism. But the struggle to reduce government's role has been largely abandoned. The most aggressive political ideas for curtailing the size of government in Washington suggest "controlling" spending at ab'out 18% of GDP. According to a Real Clear Markets article by Dean Kalahar, "for the first 130 years of [America's] existence, federal spending as a percentage of GDP averaged around 2.5%." Instead of reining in government, political characters continue to wrangle over the "correct" way to swing the cud- gel of American government. America's founding fathers recognized the appeal of ex- pansive government power and the dangers associated with it. As a result, they instituted constitutional limits on the accumulation of that power. But they also knew the system would only succeed so long as it had the consent and active support of the people it governed. When asked at the close of the Constitutional Convention what the founding fathers had produced, Benjamin Franklin responded, "A Republic, if you can keep it!" Regrettably, Americans have not kept the Republic be- cause they have failed to demand America's founding prin- ciple of limited government be maintained. Unless America elects men and women willing to set aside the ring of gov- ernment power and enforce the Constitution, government will be, as Barry Goldwater noted, a "monolith of power... bounded only by the will of those who sit in high places." Tolkien probably could not have said it any better. A LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: The Florala News welcomes Letters to the Editor All letters will be published at the discretion of the editor/publisher. No letter will be published that does not bear the actual name of the writer and their city or town of residence. A contact number or e-marl address is required but will not be published. Letters cannot be returned. ll00e FlorMa News Spring Break Family Trips - Washington DC, New York, Orlando, San Diego What's Your Sign, Baby? Aries [March 21 to April 19; meaning -- ram; bright- est star --Alpha Arietis; element -- fire," ruling planet -- Mars] Under the tropical zodiac, Aries is associated with the vernal equinox. Aries is the first sign of the Zodiac and as- sociated with freph vigor and new beginnings. Individuals born under this sign are thought to be confident, aggressive, energetic, active, adventurous, enthusiastic, fair and pas- sionate. Taurus [April 20 to May 21; meaning -- bull; brightest star -- Aldebaron; element -- earth; ruling planet -- Ve- nus] Taurus is the second sign of the Zodiac and is associated with material pleasure. Individuals born under this sign are thought to be calm, patient, reliable, loyal, affectionate, sensuous, ambitious, and determined. Gemini [May 22 to June 21; meaning- twins; brightest star -- Pollux; element -- air; ruling planet -- Mercury] Gemini is the third sign of the Zodiac and associated with youth and versatility. Individuals born under this sign are thought to have a sociable, fun-loving, versatile, lively, com- municative, liberal, mentally active and friendly character. i STAT --I] 16 7 14 17 24 m m 46 5O 54 65 66 69 72 PRESENT i Volunteer M atc h. org Where volunteering begins. StatePoint Media THEME: PRIMETIME TV ACROSS 1. *Usually second half of "Law & Order" 6. Nada 9. Do, re or mi 13. All plants and animals 14. Dental group 15. of Honor 16. On the move 17. Scottish hero Rob 18. Egg-shaped object 19. *What survivors and losers have in common 21. Often considered wise 23. Makes feathers stick 24. "The __ of Life," movie 25. Pipe material 28. Forbidden 30. Crushed grain of various cereals 35. *What "csr' does on CBS on Wed. nights 37. Original Cohiba producer 39. It's delayed in summer 40. 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