To the Editor:
Have you ever lost or misplaced a valued possession? Remember the joy you felt in getting it back? We just had this happen in our lives.
On Sunday, we got back the hour we lost earlier this year. Did you feel cheated back then when your clocks went from 2 to 3 a.m. in the wink of an eye?
Most of us were probably asleep at the time and only noticed it was a bit darker when we arose at the usual “clock” time the next morning.
This past weekend, we came once again to that crossroad in our lives that pits brother against brother, husband against wife, and friend against friend in our opinions. Most people in my age bracket are not for this procedure we go through twice a year.
I do feel the time has come to abolish it. When we first began setting our clocks ahead an hour in the spring and then back in the fall, there was a valid reason for it. It was meant to conserve energy during World War I. It may have outgrown its usefulness by now.
In the late David Brinkley’s book “Everyone Is Entitled to My Opinion,” he says: “The objections to daylight saving time come from farmers, who work by the sun, not the clock, and call it God’s time.”
He refers to an Iowa state senator, Harold Hughes, who was a Bible student, making a re-election speech to a crowd of farmers. They shouted at him: “Why do we need daylight saving time? Why can’t we live by God’s time?” He answered: “I’ve studied the Bible all my life, and I’ve never found that God wears a watch.”
I know who is our ultimate timekeeper. I doubt if He will pay any attention to whether we are on daylight saving time or standard time when He returns.
What do you think?