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Letter: Time to forget about daylight saving time

To the Editor:

By now we should have changed all our clocks and started to adjust to the extra hour that was returned this past weekend and was taken away last spring.  It’s a lot easier changing our watches and clocks than our mind set and bodies.  We all have an inner clock and that takes more time.

Homes that have pets and young babies might need a bit more time to adjust. My son’s dog was looking quizzically at him for a bit around meal times. Fortunately she adjusts well because she’s ready to eat at any time. She’s a good sport about making bathroom trips outside too. 

I usually do not write about controversial subjects but this seems appropriate since we just returned to normal again. Daylight-saving was originally instituted to reduce electrical usage by extending daylight hours. By the way it is noy "savings" (plural) but singular).   

The internet called it a stupid ritual and I agree, but I know there are people who like it. I believe one’s age may be a factor in whether we like it or not. Call me an old fuddy-duddy if you will.     

The idea was first thought of by Benjamin Franklin in 1784, but was not adopted then. Great Britain went used daylight-saving time from 1914 to 1918.

If you have access to the internet you can read more about it, such as learning that President George W. Bush signed an energy policy act in 2005, extending the act to 2007. Arizona and Hawaii do not change their clocks, as well as some territories.  

It is said about 70 countries worldwide observe this ritual.  But China and Japan do not, so you can imagine the confusion about arrivals and departures when traveling by air or rail.

This ritual disrupts our internal clock and drivers may experience drowsiness causing accidents with other vehicles, pedestrians, and cyclists. Deer are most active between dusk and 11 p.m. and run about more wildly than usual increasing chances of collisions with traffic.

Jesus said, “The poor ye will always have with you.” I guess unless someone starts a movement we will also always have daylight-saving time. Sort of like an unwanted and uninvited guest. 

Mark Twain said it, “Fish and guests smell after 3 days.” That is my sentiment about daylight saving. Its departure is long overdue.

Mil Misic

DeKalb

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