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My Turn: Good riddance to Daylight Saving Time

Posted: Wednesday, Mar 15th, 2017

Over the weekend I got great joy reading comments from my friends on Facebook and Twitter complaining about Daylight Saving Time.

After I moved from Arizona, I was one of those complaining. I have never understood the value of arbitrarily changing the time to “extend” daylight hours.

I have heard a lot of reasons why it was originally done, but none that made sense to me. In Texas, they claimed it was an effort to help tourism businesses by allowing them to stay open an hour later.

In North Dakota, I was told it gave farmers more time in the field and residents more time to enjoy the outdoors after work. Perhaps the worst argument in favor of Daylight Saving Time came from a reader in North Dakota who told me he enjoyed doing yard work at 11 p.m.

But here’s my thought — regardless of what the clock says, the number of hours of sun and light remain the exact same. And people are generally smart enough to figure that out.

If you want to go swimming at Lake Powell, you’re probably going to go when it’s warm and sunny. I doubt too many people look at their watch when it’s raining and say, “Hey, time to go swimming, it’s 4.” No, they take a look at the weather, the sun and make a decision.

The same goes with fishing, doing yard work or playing outside. You do those things when things are right. They aren’t driven by an arbitrary clock.

So it seems to me that the arguments in favor of changing the clock are that people are too stupid to think for themselves. I believe otherwise. And I am proud to live in a state that recognizes that. Now if the rest of the country could just catch up.

For the complete article see the 03-15-2017 issue.

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