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Letter: Back to Central Standard Time

Published: Monday, Nov. 4, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

To the Editor:

Did you remember to set your clock back an hour Saturday night? If you failed to do that, you might have arrived at church ahead of everyone else yesterday.

We are again on Central Standard Time. The custom of changing the time was first suggested by Benjamin Franklin in 1784 but did not become a national custom until Congress passed the Uniform Standard Act in 1966.

It always seems to take a few days for our biological clocks to switch back and forth.

Reading from a yellowed old newspaper clipping. I find that some Swedish researchers found that vulnerable people could suffer heart attacks due to these seasonal time changes.

The sun still rises on God’s time – not man’s fiddling-with-the-clocks time. Cows used to being milked at a certain hour care not a whit what time your clock says. They may be used to being milked at 5 a.m., whether it’s daylight saving or standard time. You have to stay on their schedule – not yours.

One of my late brothers never could see the wisdom in this time change.

He always compared it to cutting a piece from a quilt and then sewing it back on at the other end.  You haven’t gained a thing. The quilt remains the same size. 

“There are just so many hours in a day,” he’d say, “you can’t change time.”

In this country we have freedom of choice in many things, but in this case, we do not.

If we don’t comply, we will be off-kilter and be early or late at certain times of the year. 

Canada and Europe observe the custom of changing clocks in spring and fall, while only certain areas of other continents follow this routine. 

I read the following in a magazine some years ago when it was time to switch to daylight saving time. 

A city slicker had stopped at a rural gas station as the sun was setting. This was prior to self-service stations, and the city slicker said to the grizzled, elderly attendant filling his tank, “I sure hate it when daylight saving time starts and we lose that hour, don’t you?”

The old timer replied, “The way I look at it, it stays light until it gets dark, so it doesn’t make much difference to me.”

Mil Misic

DeKalb

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