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It Is Time To End DST






     I am a judgment matchmaking professional who writes a lot. Because today was a Sunday, the quietest business day of my week, and it was also yet one more goofy Daylight Saving Time (DST) clock setting game day at my house, I wrote this article with my opinion about Daylight Saving Time. First of all, it's not Daylight Savings Time, it is Daylight Saving Time, abbreviated as DST in this article.

If I remember my history correctly; Daylight Saving Time did not begin due to modern farming techniques, or to help children get to school in the morning. Daylight Saving Time started in the US by an order from the federal government, when World War 1 was raging. Their goal was to save energy, during the challenge of production and manufacturing during war time; by taking advantage of the later hours of daylight between April and October.

In my opinion, a smarter and more common-sense choice compared to Daylight Saving Time, both historically and now, is to just modify some government, work, and school hour schedules two times per year, to more closely match daylight hours.

During World War two, the US government once again ordered states to comply with DST. After During World War, and until 1966, states and communities had the freedom to decide whether to observe Daylight Saving Time.

Congress passed in 1966, their Uniform Time Act, which standardized Daylight Saving Time through the US and its territories and possessions; however it didn't require each state to use Daylight Saving Time, although most did.

In 2007, instead of undoing the possibly silly Daylight Saving Time; we instead got the "Energy Policy Act in 2005" (15 US Code Section 260a). With few exceptions, this made Daylight Saving Time mandatory nationwide, and increased Daylight Saving Time's duration by 4 weeks.

The asserted goal in 2007 was again to conserve energy. If it was my decision, I would have chosen to abandon DST, and move to "winter and summer hours" instead. And, although DST might have saved energy 80 years ago, I don't think Daylight Saving Time conserves any energy in these times. Any energy that gets saved in the morning gets lost in the evening and vice versa.

DST isn't observed in certain states and territories. Examples include Arizona (except some Indian reservations), Puerto Rico, Hawaii, the US Virgin Islands, and American Samoa. Note that the nearer to the equator one is, the less difference there is in daylight hours during the year.

Is the exact time always important to everyone anymore? If you must interface to the outside world and society, it is. Yet, most of us no longer eat our lunch at precisely 12 PM. We usually go to the bathroom when nature calls, not when it is a particular time of day. In recent times, we seem to watch TV when we want, eat when we are hungry when we want, etc.

In recent times, almost everyone has more than one computers, mobile devices, and/or smart phones. Some folks currently use their mobile devices or smart phones as their alarm clock.

Some homes having a bunch of computers and portable devices which set their date and time automatically, have tossed out most of their clocks. Even if one no longer has any more dedicated clocks, DST is still a good reminder to verify the batteries in smoke detectors, etc.






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