Do you like Daylight Saving Time? It has its roots in France, with Ben Franklin, due to a desire the preserve candle wax. In some ways, he was quite a harsh man. Don´t forget! In any case, the United States formally instituted Daylight Saving Time in 1918 to place work and school schedules within daylight hours to save electricity. But now lighting accounts for a small amount of energy consumed by the country, and the savings are minimal, argues Bora Zivkovic, a chronobiologist. Moreover scientists are beginning to understand good reasons why changing our clocks back and forth
Had one or two software packages that had a minor Y2K problem. But I had one with a Daylight Savings Time bug. When we Sprung forward or Fell back the software crashed and I had to reinstall it. One way or the other this is not high up on my list of stuff to worry about.
#5 brings up another point. The population has been moving south for decades. Changing the clocks makes more sense in Vermont and Idaho than it does in Arizona or Florida.
Of course the one thing worse than either having DST or not having DST is changing the schedule around, as Congress did a few years ago. I liked the old schedule because the time change was just before Halloween. Little kids could go trick-or-treating in the dark on Halloween before it was their bed time.
Well I love it-living in Atlanta it means for the next month or so it will be light until 8pm and I can have a life when I get home-and in May it is light until 9pm -I can work in the yard, go out and shop or meet friends for dinner not have to worry about driving home in the dark. I love it, can´t wait! But if I had kids, another story - getting a grammar school kid in bed when the sun is still up is not fun.
In Australia in one state they actually were able to measure projected savings. One state did not switch the time and after big brouhaha about saving our planet, they adopted the time switch next year. Calculations from one year to the next indicated there we NO MEASURABLE savings in electricity usage. #2 I have no problem with staying and working during daylight. Switching back and forth is the issue. Put it on summer time and leave it. If it not broken do not touch it.
Whether you gain more ´useful´ daylight depends on where you live in the your timezone. Those folks on CST but living near areas on EST find that it gets dark ridiculously early in the winter when DST ends. Alabama and Florida are considering ending the time change but switching entirely to DST. This makes sense for AL as it would put it´s time more in line with EST and with GA. I don´t think that the FL plan is wise. Would not such a plan, at least for half the year, put itself in the same time zone as Halifax NS?
An American Indian once said, it was like holding up a blanket and cutting off a portion at the bottom end and sewing it to the top end and thinking you have a longer blanket! I think we should keep it year around!
Don´t have to go to Australia to see that it doesn´t save electricity. When I moved to Indiana, there was no DST, and so, of course, the powers that be decided we needed to be like the states around us, so we got on DST. The year after they started, we discovered the utility companies raked in lots more dough!! So, of course we´ll be staying on it.
I normally wake up at 5:30 am to get ready for work. Monday I will have to get up at 4:30 am. By the time I leave, sunrise is beginning, at least it has been. When I leave Monday it will be pitch black as we are in a rural area. By the time I get home and we have family time/dinner and do a few things that need to be done, I will be too tired to enjoy that ´extra´ hour of daylight tacked onto the end of the day. Also, children here will be waiting in the dark at bus stops for the school buses coming at 5:40 am instead of 6:40 am. This is not a good thing. You are so right #18. Time to keep the original time.
#14, colons with open or close parenthesis or a colon with a ´zero´ used to give us sad, happy or angry emote icons. One of the site ´revamps´ got rid of the icons but now the ´text´ used to create the icons gets eliminated from our posts. You can circumvent to post times by using a capital ´O´ instead of a ´zero´. If you want text ´emotes´ you have to put a space between the colon and the parenthesee. : )
There are some serious grumps on this thread. I love daylight savings. There is nothing like sitting on the porch on a warm summer evening watching the sun go down around 9pm. More time to play after dinner!
I think we should use standard time in the morning, from midnight to noon, and switch to daylight savings time at noon every day. Let´s just skip the 12-1 hour every day. People can eat brunch and then we´ll have an extra hour of sleep every night but can stay outside playing longer as well.
Daylight savings time is yet another sign of our Godless government imposing its will on Americans. Obamawannajihad wants to take away freedom, guns, God and TIME from Christians. He´s basically stealing an hour of our lives. An hour we could spend fighting, praying or enjoying our families.
It is done to satisfy various interests in congress. The latest change was at the request of candy manufactures to extend it beyond Halloween. The Golf industry has had a say, the outdoor and leisure furniture manufactures. Lots of interests think they will have more sales if there is more time in the evening.
A farmer in Minnestota once told me that he didn´t really care for DST but he thought it was good for the corn. Moving a bit further west, I was told that it was invented by a Lakota tribesman who cut one end off of blanket and sewed to the other end to make longer.
But seriously folks, I think that if we are going to continue this folly, let´s change our clocks two hours each month just to take the shock out of it.
"Whether you gain more ´useful´ daylight depends on where you live in the your timezone. Those folks on CST but living near areas on EST find that it gets dark ridiculously early in the winter when DST ends."
And if you didn´t have Daylight Saving Time, it would still get dark ridiculously early and do so even sooner because you get standard time when DST ends. This sounds like an argument for just shifting to DST all the time, which seems to be the direction we are headed in.
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