Seriously: Is there anyone who thinks that changing clocks will actually slow down or speed up sunlight, alter our daily energy needs, or anything else? Does anyone think that "12:00 Noon" CAUSES lunch?
Changing clocks has always struck me as a curious practice for supposedly-enlightened 21st Century civilizations. It's kind of like "Pagan Sun God Worship Enforcement", isn't it?
We don't need to change the clocks: we have lighting, heating, and cooling on demand now: available 24/7/365.
I agree with most others here that the time switching twice a year is more trouble than it's worth. As for children going to school in the dark in the morning, my child still rides the school bus and he is indeed standing there in the dark waiting regardless of standard or daylight saving time. And he will not get home before dark now with the time change. Many children have early mornings and long days just like their parents.
I can't imagine adjusting the clocks actually results in meaningful energy savings. However, I do enjoy working in the yard during spring, summer, and fall. Having an extra hour to do so is a nice treat. And in the winter I HATE driving to work in the dark. So, the adjustment back provides a little mote light during the morning commute.
For those rather selfish reasons, I like the switchover. But I don't care for the all knowing government playing with the dates in the name of energy savings or national security or whatever there reason is this time.
In the end, I really don't care either way. I only want to pick a plan and stick to it.
I completely agree with you Bill. Here in the UK, they claim it's good for school children as they do not have to go to schools in the dark with the clocks going backwards, but many have to come back from school in the evenings in the dark because of the switchover. As for farmers, I do not think this too much of an issue nowadays with industrial farming. All in all, it's something of the past that adds more trouble than it's worth frankly speaking....
I would be in favor of stopping all the clock changes. In this new world we do live almost 7/24 with little time devoted to sleep. It really does not matter then what time it is we are up anyway. Lets do more constructive things like: change the time(s) that school starts and ends to co-inside better to normal parents working hours. Anyone who has tried to get teenagers up early could see the wisdom of the High School starting later and elementry school earlier (but not 7 try 8:30 or 9am). Make it easier to deal with the school busing and commuter traffic by skewing work hours and school hours. Would't it be nice to not get stuck behind a school bus stopping every 100 ft and wasting time / gas? Couldn't we somehow work it so that travel times and start / stop times enabled better traffic flow and thus generate a much more significant savings in fuel and time? Just wondering if there is a better way to save energy other than random clock changes twice a year....
Well I'll really show my age--back during the Nixon administration they actually canceled Daylight Savings Time.
The problem wasn't kids waiting for school buses, the problem was kids walking to school. I was one of those kids, walking to school under the pitch dark sky and it was pretty scary--there was more than one close call with a car. I remember reading in the paper about kids getting run over. It didn't take long for them to realize their mistake.
Of course now days everyone drives there kids to school so maybe it isn't an issue.
Arizona is one of the states that always remains on Standard Time and if you've ever been here in the summer, you understand that we have WAY more than enough Daylight, and there is little reason anyone would want to "save" more of it!
As for energy savings, here that seems plainly obvious. When the daytime temperatures exceed 110 degrees F, the sooner it gets dark, the sooner it starts cooling off and the A/C can stop working overtime to keep the indoor temperature habitable.
Changing the clocks twice a year seems silly, but if we were ever inclined to do it here, I think we would be better off doing the reverse of what the rest of you guys do! Daylight Destruction Time -- move the clocks backwards an hour when the rest of you are moving yours forward an hour, so it could get dark here even earlier in the summer, and make the sunrise & sunset times more balanced with what they naturally are in the winter.
The question is: "should we then stay on Standard time or Daylight Savings time"? This day and age, it does seem pretty silly to short sheet ourselves one way or the other. I suspect that any energy savings on one side is largely offset by the other side.
In this part of the world, Daylight Savings time makes more sense to keep from my perspective. I find evening hours of daylight to always be more valuable than morning hours. But then, I'm a night person. Morning people might see things differently.
Yes, I agree. We should stay on "Daylight Saving" time and drop the time-consuming and frivolously changing clock-adjustments.
Maybe doing away with it could be a constructive project on which Democrats and Republicans would cooperate in the new Congress?
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