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Figuring Out Celsius-Fahrenheit

August 16, 1986

Your editorial asks: "If there's a better way to do something, why not do it?"

Of course there is a better way. Just have Congress pass a simple law establishing the Centigrade or Celsius as the standard measure of temperature in the United States.

The United States today is the only country of any importance that adheres to the Fahrenheit scale--which is an integral component of the metric system in use throughout the world beyond U.S. boundaries.

If is, of course, employed in many of our industries such as the electric, pharmaceutical, chemical and film industries. In fact the United States is a signatory to a Treaty of the Meter drawn up in 1872 by 26 nations in Paris. In 1893 our secretary of the Treasury established a standard meter bar and kilogram weight as our fundamental standards but did not make their use mandatory.

JOHN F. FRAYNE

Pasadena

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