Turn back time

Do you hate turning your clock either back in the Fall or forward in the Spring? Do you ever wonder what is the purpose for it?

Daylight saving time was first adopted in Germany on May 1, 1916 during World War 1 as a way to conserve fuel. The rest of Europe followed soon after. The United States didn’t adopt daylight saving time until March 19, 1918.

It was credited to Benjamen Franklin back in 1784.

For ten months in the mid-1970’s America’s clocks sprang forward and never fell back. Year-round daylight saving time was signed into law by President Richard Nixon in January 1974, sought to maximize evening sunlight and in doing so, help mitigate an ongoing national gas crisis.

The idea of aligning waking hours to conserve candles was first proposed in 1784 by Benjamin Franklin. It was suggested that waking up earlier in the summer would economize candle usage and calculated considerable savings. Much of the same way it is used up to today to conserve energy.

As the story goes, farmers and agriculture groups lobbied for DST in order to have more light at the end of their day to complete their work.

The purpose of Daylight saving time is to help gain an hour of sleep. The idea behind the clock shift is to maximize the sunlight in the Northern Hemisphere as days start to lengthen in the spring and then wane in the fall.

Another reason some say for DST is because of children coming home from school in the afternoon and going to school in the morning; it was for their safety.

Some even call it banker’s hours.

So you see no one is taking responsibility for creating DST in the first place.

What do you really gain by it? Is it as vitally important today? Is this now the time to eliminate DST once and for all? Should we do it now as we are in standard time or wait until Fall when we are in daylight saving time?

Senator Marco Rubio is one of the sponsor of the bill to eliminate DST.

This change will help enable children to play outdoors later and reduce seasonal depression. The U.S. Senate approved the bill to make DST permanent. We don’t know if Biden is for it or not.

This bill won’t go into affect until 2023. When this happens, it will end the twice annual changing of the clocks.

There are states that don’t deal with changing of the clocks. Arizona is one of them, and so doesn’t Hawaii. Even some part of Indiana doesn’t bother with DST.

Much like when you travel across the United States, you have time zones that affects your time change as well. When you get passed these, you have to adjust your clock or watches. It even cause sleeper lag. In other words, it makes a person more tired. Much like DST and standard time does when you are changing your clocks.

Did you know that they had to move the time line border out of Mandan, North Dakota?

The reason for it was because either people were living in Mandan and working in Bismarck or vice a versus. Either they were late or early for work because of it. So they moved it outside of Mandan, just West.

So you see there is no real logical reason for DST or changing your clock at all. It’s time we eliminate that bill once and for all. You don’t gain or lose anything but maybe sleep. It’s just a major headache; that’s all it is.

During the winter, I was going to work in the dark and coming home in the dark. It will always be like that because that’s nature of the season. I mean, days are shorter in the winter and longer in the summer. We don’t need to adjust our clocks because it does no good at all.

We’re done with changing our clocks back in the Fall and forward in the Spring!