Wednesday, November 07, 2012
Kevin Dayhoff The Tentacle: Time to repeal Daylight Saving Time
Time to repeal Daylight Saving Time
November 7, 2012
Death to Daylight Saving Time
Kevin E. Dayhoff
Other than the benefit of the extra hour of sleep you gained early Sunday morning when Daylight Saving Time officially ended for the year, a gathering chorus of critics thinks the anachronistic timekeeping concept from yesteryear is not worth the bother.
The terms, “fall back” and “spring forward” seem like such a simple concept and have the deceptive allure and singsong of a children’s nursery rhyme. The California Energy Commission notes: “It's ingrained in our consciousness almost as much as the A-B-Cs or our spelling reminder of "i before e...." And it's a regular event … Yet in those four words is a whole collection of trivia, facts, and common sense about Daylight Saving Time.”
Well, count me in as one of the critics who have failed to find any “common sense” in Daylight Saving Time.
Although it was originally designed to supposedly save energy, many agree with NBC journalist Mike Taibbi, who recently opined that “for many people the whole spring ahead/fall back change the clocks thing is an annoyance that doesn't make a lot of sense.”
It was Benjamin Franklin who was the first to ponder – in 1784 – the merits of maximizing the amount of daylight working hours and reducing the need for artificial light.
Mr. Franklin is credited with advocating the value of “daylight saving” in a satirical anonymous letter to the editor of the Journal of Paris, which proposed, among many humorous remedies to the overuse of candles, a tax on shutters, to be enforced by stepped-up police vigilance and the rationing of candles… http://www.thetentacle.com/ShowArticle.cfm?mydocid=5446
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