When common sense goes dark

February 24, 2017

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Solar Eclipse "Elements of this image furnished by NASA "

Lawmakers explain how to not see sun

This week the legislature passed a joint resolution that allows school districts to start the next school year Thursday, August 17. Without this resolution, schools could not start before the third Monday of that month, August 21 — the day of a solar eclipse.

The resolution states, “[O]n Monday, August 21, 2017, South Carolina will be in the path of the largest total solar eclipse experienced in North America since February 1978, providing a rare learning opportunity for people in the Palmetto State.” It goes on to declare, “[T]o capitalize on the potential educational value of this eclipse, South Carolina public school districts should be given the flexibility to move their opening dates to before the eclipse.”

The intent is clear: At some point on August 21, starting at around 2:39 p.m. and going until 2:45 p.m., the great eclipse will be visible in South Carolina and legislators want to make sure that students are able to be in school so they can learn about and view it, although students are typically dismissed by 2:45 p.m.

Once again, this time at a galactic level, the legislature thinks it knows best.

The eclipse is billed as a once-in-a-lifetime sight, but is it really up to the legislature to ensure that students see it? Shouldn’t that be left up to parents? If the sight will be that impressive – and we hope it will be – parents or guardians should be pulling children out of school faster than they do on opening day of the state fair.

Alternately, perhaps the legislature, which really does know best about astronomy and education, not to mention ethics and taxation, should be encouraging all state agencies, including universities, to alter their working hours so that everyone can witness this rare phenomenon. To more fully encourage viewing, it should pass a bill giving tax credits to employers that allow workers to step outside and gaze upon the wonder. Perhaps there should even be a concurrent resolution explaining how to make pinhole projectors for safer viewing, and how, in times past, eclipses were portents of the ends of civilizations.

This resolution passed the Senate unanimously. It met some opposition in the House yet still easily passed. There are worse examples of legislative meddling, from onerous regulations to laws that seek to limit free speech. Nevertheless, this one, whatever its intentions, was still entirely unnecessary.

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  • Mike Holder

    So keep the kids an extra 10 minutes if they want to see it. Why does the legislature have to get involved? Don’t they have a few more important things to work on? For example THE ROADS!!!

    • Anthony Domagala

      Well said sir! Perhaps focus on the lack of transparency in “carry over” fund allocations/accounting, the persistent and blatant public servant corruption, blue wall stonewalling of taxpayers victimized by said criminals and their beholden magic-strates could be prioritized… Just a thought…as I’d really like someone in this 3rd world state to come clean on who shotgun blasted up my home and saturated the walls and carpets with urine…before I’m forced to make those videos of same acts public domain.

  • “The resolution states, “[O]n Monday, August 21, 2017, South Carolina will be in the path of the largest total solar eclipse experienced in North America since February 1978”

    Someone at the legislature didn’t fact check. The last total eclipse in the contiguous U.S. was 1979, not 1978.

    As the date of the August 21 eclipse draws near, keep this important safety information in mind: You MUST use special eclipse safety glasses to view a partial eclipse and the partial phases of a total eclipse. To do otherwise is risking permanent eye damage and even blindness. The ONLY time it’s safe to look at a TOTAL eclipse without proper eye protection is during the very brief period of totality when the Sun is 100 percent blocked by the Moon. If you’re in a location where the eclipse won’t be total, there is NEVER a time when it’s safe to look with unprotected eyes.

  • Bill

    Why does the legislature limit when school can start?

  • Anthony Domagala

    Typical big brother opportunity to ensure our kids are indoctrinated into the states’ secular humanist perspective, as the state takes credit for having “scientifically” predicted / arranged this event for their preys’ viewing pleasure…(Knowing this corrupt states Freemason / “ancient mysteries” cult witchcraft foundation, who knows, this may also fall on some Luciferian holiday)….As opposed to humbly proclaiming that our one true God has allowed we, His creation, to experience yet another of His intelligently designed signs in the sky.

  • Alan Rogers

    The state legislature should back off and let local districts decide when they begin and end the year.