DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME: WHAT DO YOU THINK?

It's that time of the year again as Daylight Saving Time(DST) returns tomorrow morning at 2. Until about a decade ago DST started the first Sunday of April lasting until the last Sunday of October. The US Energy Policy Act of 2005 extended DST effective 2007 making it from the second Sunday of March until the first Sunday of November. Personally, I have always preferred the longer days of daylight. I don't mind it darker a little later in the morning. I usually wake up about 8 or so except when I'm filling in for Steve Andrews in the morning; that's really early for me, reporting to work by 5AM. There are pros and cons to DST, and I see strengths in both arguments. Some of the arguments I have heard over the years for DST is that there is decreased electricity consumption, a slight drop in the number of traffic accidents and crime, and there's a boost for the economy due to more recreational time due to the sun going down later. At the same time, critics of DST say there is an increase of fuel consumption; therefore, a higher pollution level exists. I have heard it said that changing the clocks, even though, it's by just one hour, disrupts the body clock. However, I would think that disruption is only temporary. The debate continues. In the meantime, turn the clocks ahead one hour before going to bed tonight.

George Fuller

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