It’s all about time. Or is it? There are many points of view on this subject and reasons for them.
Scott C. Yates wrote a piece on CNN discussing this very subject. He provides one historical perspective as to how it came about and why it is has stayed around. Personally I think it’s more about making money than saving money. I do like that he has included some health benefit / risk factors in his article.
Daylight saving has caused controversy since it began. Winston Churchill argued that it enlarges “the opportunities for the pursuit of health and happiness among the millions of people who live in this country” and pundits have dubbed it “Daylight Slaving Time”. Historically, retailing, sports, and tourism interests have favored daylight saving, while agricultural and evening entertainment interests have opposed it, and its initial adoption had been prompted by energy crisis and war.
Every time we switch the clocks ahead or back my body clock gets thrown into a tither. It typically takes about a month to get readjusted again. My preference would be to keep one time and stick to it.
There are those who would prefer to stick with the changing of the clocks. If you are a golfer, this means more light for golfing. If you run a business that needs to provide light outside after dark, it means you save money.
Now I will admit that I like the extra light during the Summer. But extra light comes with Summer anyway. My view is stick with one time and stop messing with the clocks. There are already states that don’t participate. Let’s make it unanimous and have all states stop participating.
I have actually tried this via taking a vacation to Jamaica where they are in the EST time zone but don’t participate in DST. I could go without changing the clocks.
What do you think? Do you like DST? Do you not like DST? Why or why not?
Until next time…
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