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Isn't it time to abolish DST? (1 Viewer)

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BobO'Link

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I absolutely detest the time change and prefer "standard time" but I'm OK if they'll just pick one and leave it alone!

I always hear people say "It's for the farmers." when nothing could be further from the truth. Farmers *do not like DST.* If anything it makes their jobs harder if they sell to the public. DST means they have to get up *before* dawn to pick crops so they'll be at the market when people arrive. Farmers normally run their operations sunrise to sunset during planting and harvest seasons and rarely before/after either. I grew up in a farming community and had many, many, friends who were members of farming families. Because of their sunrise-sunset schedule they couldn't care less about DST. Many supply/parts stores change hours during those months to better work with the farmers schedule. DST helps them not one iota.

If you're running a ranch of any type it matters as animals don't care either and have a regular feeding schedule. They expect to be fed at a certain time no matter if the clock says it's 4am or 5am. People with pets experience this too.

It *does not* save energy. Studies in 2008 showed that Americans use more domestic electricity when they practice daylight saving.

In 2019, the European Union voted to remove Daylight Saving Time (DST) permanently by 2021.

As of March, 2020, 39 states have proposed bills to end the practice of switching clocks so just *why* is it still around?

A poll last year by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research found that 7 in 10 Americans preferred not to switch back and forth to mark daylight saving time. More want to stay on Standard Time than want to go full time DST.

Here's a good article on DST, its history, and its stupidity.

I *did* experience year 'round DST (actually 18 months - January 6, 1974 until April 27, 1975) when the nation experimented with the supposed "energy saving" aspect due to the energy crisis (and you don't ever save any energy - what you "save" in the evening is "spent" in the early morning hours). It was odd not getting "light" until around 8:30am or so but I was a college student and didn't really care. Those who screamed about kids waiting for school buses in the dark have obviously never lived anywhere that there are kids in the country riding buses. Lots of kids in my area are waiting on a bus in the dark much of the school year due to the time they have to get on one (one passes my house every morning around 6:30).

I've said for years that if an employer came in one Monday and announced "For the next 8 months we're going to open at 7am and close at 4pm so I can get in more time on the golf course/lake/fishing/etc." most of the employees would be up in arms yet we roll over to get our bellies rubbed when "the government" does it.

Businesses are the real reason it exists (it's all about making an extra buck). The lobbying groups for convenience stores know we drive our cars everywhere and pushed hard for daylight saving time to last as long as possible. Extra daylight means more people shop in retail environments. Outdoor businesses such as golf courses and gardening supply stores report more profit with more daylight hours.

I have a clock on the mantle that stays on permanent Standard Time that I refuse to change. Drives my wife crazy...

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Ronald Epstein

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People have been screaming about this for years.

The government has done nothing to address the outcry. And this is not just our current government, but those of the past.

I hate the time changes, however I am not very optimistic anything is going to be done about it.
 

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I’d be in favor of having one time for the year. The time change takes me more and more time to adjust to every year. Turning the clocks back in the fall actually is more harmful than helpful to me - it means its light around 5am and is fully dark at 4pm. I’d rather have the extra daylight at the end of the day than in the middle of the night when I’m trying to sleep. Especially as someone who often works nights and is up late, it really throws me off when it’s starting to getting bright at 4am.
 

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I really dislike daylight saving time and wish they'd stick with standard time year round. It really throws me off when solar noon isn't approximately the same as noon on the clock. I also find myself staying up later when it's light out later, resulting in about an hour less sleep a night from mid-March to early November.
 

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My time doesn't change ... but almost every other state does ,,,
 

David_B_K

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I'd like standard time all year. I like for it to be light during the day and dark at night. Here in Texas in the Central zone, it is light up to close to 9:00 PM during the summertime and DST. I think we get enough extra daylight when the days get longer during summer without help from DST.

In any case, the switching back & forth wreaks havoc with our circadian rhythm and IMO does more harm than good.
 

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I don’t really mind the way it is now, but losing that hour of sleep takes a day or two to get used to.
 

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One standard all year round. I don't really care which one. While we're at it, how about getting rid of Leap year too.
 

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I live at 1' 15"N (more or less), so we don't have daylight saving, just one standard time all year round. But our "standard time" does not match our time zone by longitude -- it's an hour too fast. So sunrise varies between around 7.10 to 7.25am through the year, sunset about the same but pm. Not really sure how it affects businesses one way or the other.

But as a schoolkid we were all used to waiting for buses in the dark (school started at 7.30am if you were in the morning session, can't remember when afternoon session started, I only ever had that one year, but offhand think it was 1.30pm)
 

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That would create problems, since it takes the Earth 365.2417 days to circle around the sun. The seasons would gradually shift so that every seven centuries or so, winter and summer would reverse months.

Thanks Adam. You explained this [for the layman] better in 2 sentences than Wikipedia could with an entire article!
 

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