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Daylight Saving is Useless

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We all know it too well: the two times a year that clocks change. In March, everyone loses an hour of time, usually spent sleeping, at an ungodly hour of the night. “Spring forward.” But in November, we regain that hour, “Fall back.” But really, is there a proper purpose to this?

For as long as we can remember, we have been told that the reason behind it is for compensating for daylight loss so farmers could maximize harvest. But that is untrue, though true for the start of a school year in August/September and ending in May. It is uneven, it is uncalled for, and it uses backwards logic.

“It kills productivity because people come in late to work,” said Eldon Dye.

Dye is a manager of a local gas station. In his mid-forties and having been in the work field for so long, Dye cares little for the clock change. He is convinced that “students don’t need the extra hour of sleep” during the time change.

Many are familiar with the struggles that come with bumping the clocks back. Not only are people forced to lose sleep or have an extra hour of time, but they are forced to recalibrate their internal clocks.

During World War I, the United States had the bright idea to save energy and electricity, thus saving everyone money – the government included. The idea is that by shifting the daylight by an hour and resuming existences as such, lights would not be used during hours that the sun is making its presence known. To an extent, these savings did work. But it was not until World War II that the government officially established Daylight Saving Time in order to install consistency across the nation. This order was never revoked and now the United States is stuck changing clocks at 2 or 3 AM and messing with everyone’s heads. So have daylight last longer, just to take it away months later.

“I saw a post on Facebook, a proverb or something, that said ‘only the government would think that cutting off the bottom of the blanket and sewing it to the top would make the blanket longer,'” said Kelly Daugherty. “That’s pretty much how I think about it. I just change my clocks when I’m supposed to.”

Daugherty is in her early 20s and she has a very millennial attitude toward all things. She works presently at a desk job for Progressive Insurance, but in the past, she was a manager at various McDonald’s fast food. She agrees that Daylight Saving Time is useless and worthless as Dye believes it to be, and she is not wrong.

There is no need for this change anymore. There are seven months between March and November and five between November and March of the next year. It is uneven, it is uncalled for, and it uses backwards logic.

“It makes about as much sense as the nine month school year too,” commented the husband of Daugherty, “and kids don’t need time off to work on the farms anymore!”

Arizona and Hawaii voted Daylight Saving Time out. The Arizona vote was overwhelmingly to do away with the time-change. Most of the people already know the uselessness of the hour plus/hour back schedule.

And what is the point if only a 25th of an entire nation abide by time laws? Time-zones were initiated in order to keep to a same schedule across a large area of the nation. By even a fraction of the nation not abiding by the same time sets, it defeats the purpose of having a unified time structure in the first place. There is no purpose.

Do away with Daylight Saving Time, whether it is mistaken for Daylight Savings Time or not. It is ineffective and we all know it – we can stop lying about it and get rid of it.

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