Thumbs down to changing the clocks. The semi-annual ritual hit again this past weekend, with the result that the sun sets before the end of the workday from now until spring. It’s an unwelcome change for many people and disrupts sleep patterns — especially in households with young children — leading to regular calls to do away with the tradition. The alternative, though, is waking up to hours of darkness midwinter until the sun rises long after the day has started. Either way, what we really want is more sunlight. March will be here soon enough.
Thumbs down to the sobering news that about 546,000 state residents were impacted by 1,062 data breaches last year. The information, released by the Attorney General’s office to Hearst Connecticut Media, documents the vulnerability of personal information such as Social Security numbers. Not only have the number of reported breaches risen by roughly 20 percent each of the last three years, but the figure this year has already doubled from 2018. It’s a grim reminder to pay attention to advice on best practices to thwart hackers.