Daylight Savings or Wasting Time?

I can't wait for daylight saving to start every spring ["13 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Daylight Saving Time," usnews.com].

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I can't wait for daylight saving to start every spring ["13 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Daylight Saving Time," usnews.com]. I can get home and still have light to walk the dogs, complete some household chores, and enjoy the evenings. Do away with "falling back" into darkness and keep the light all year!

Comment by R. Wilson of FL

I hate the time change. It makes me feel awful for weeks. I actually never do really get used to it, and then we have to adjust to it again in the fall. I am very angry over the loss of early light in the spring. I used to love this time of year when the morning light came early. Now that has been taken away. I am a guardian for my two young grandsons, and I am not looking forward to the next few weeks as we adjust to the later hours of daylight. It will be like pulling teeth to get them to go to bed on time (but Grandma it's not dark yet!). I don't see why we don't have the same time all year round, it would be so much better.

Comment by Jane of MI

Everyone seems to forget a hidden cost here. All clocks, timers, VCRs, and newer devices with timers and our very computers require a huge amount of extra programming to tend to this problem. Lines and lines of extra code are needed to make our devices work, adding to the cost of everything that depends on the time of day to operate properly. Plus, changing timing devices is an annoying and likely costly thing too, twice a year. How many man hours does this cost a year throughout businesses and homes?

Comment by Robin Hall of TN

I happen to like the daylight saving time. Time is time. You don't have to wait until 2 a.m. to set the clock back; set it back at 9 p.m. and go to bed at the regular time and you will get the same amount of sleep. But it's nice to have extra daylight. That is time some people can spend with their children doing outside activities and you can also get some things done around the house after work. There are a lot of good things you can do with this time that can be well spent—so just take advantage of it and enjoy it.

Comment by Jerry Barbee of NC

Changing clocks by one hour twice per year is one of the stupidest things practiced in the United States and in a large number of other countries. Hooray for Kazakhstan, India, and Arizona, who have chosen to not participate in this folly. It used to be more manageable back when clocks were easy to reset. Now, given the huge number of digital clocks, all with different control software, it is almost impossible to reset all clocks. So I have some clocks reset and not others, leading to confusion, missed appointments, etc. What is the true societal cost of this folly—including the time it takes to reset clocks?

Comment by Keith Eilers of WY


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