Daylight Saving Time—Boon or Bust?


This has nothing to do with eating raw food in any shape, form, or fashion, but it can impact your health and your pocketbook. Plus, it is one of my pet peeves and I’ll write about it if I want to.

Daylight Saving Time is a misnomer. It saves nothing. The sun comes up and sets just like it always does. The fact that we change our clocks to “spring forward” earlier and earlier each year has nothing whatsoever to do with what the sun does. My mother used to tell me that someone said it gives the flowers an extra hour of sun each day. Then she would laugh her dry cynical laugh that indicated the instigators were more than a little touched in the head.

It should be called “Daylight Spending Time”. This morning, someone on one of the news shows said that when all of Indiana caved and went to DST (before that, they were split) the “savings” calculated into more than $8,600,000 (that’s eight point six MILLION dollars) greater expense because getting up an hour early translated to more energy used to heat homes. Then, during the summer months, there was more consumption to cool homes in the longer evenings. AND it resulted in greater pollution. Now, ain’t that a kicker?

Then the person went on to say that more people got out in the afternoons and were exercising by working in the yard, etc. Where? In Indiana? It’s still cold weather in Indiana in mid-March. Who is he kidding? After that he stated that more daylight in the evening means fewer accidents. What about morning when people have to get out in the dark to go to work? Another person figured there are 17% more accidents in the morning because of that. So…should we say more accidents in the morning might make fewer in the afternoon a wash? Maybe to the person doing the analysis…

The poor children have the worst end of the deal. They have to stand in the dark for the bus to pick them up. That’s about as bad as when I was a child having to walk barefoot in the snow to school and it was uphill both ways. Does the government have no mercy?

What I’d like to know is who gave leave for the Fat Cats in Washington to fool with my internal clock, anyway? I get adjusted to one time and they throw another at me. Then, when I get adjusted to that one, here it comes again. Maybe it’s a Great Conspiracy to keep us all off balance so we don’t function quite up to our maximum potential. Have a sub-human society. Is that it?

Daniel 7:25 says, among other things, “he…shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws…” Is this a fulfillment of prophecy? It certainly wears me out. It’s bad enough that we have to be Slaves to the Clock. Now we have to ba Slaves to an Unstable Clock. I can’t see going back to individual sundials but having to keep track of time constantly gets old.

What if you are the target of a sleep deprived driver because of getting up an hour earlier than usual? Couldn’t that have a negative impact on your health? I shudder to think what might happen tomorrow morning. It will be the start of the work week with the population unused to the alteration in hours. Maybe I should play it safe and stay home. In bed.

Let’s set my differences with the concept aside and ask, “Does it really give us more time to be outside in the afternoon?” Well, in a word, no. According to the clock, it stays light later but we still have 24 hours in the day. The fact that we think we have more time is deceitful. We stay up later then have to get up earlier and our bodies suffer. It’s a vicious cycle. I read somewhere that the circadian rhythm can be disrupted in some for weeks. That’s pretty bad.

The only states that don’t change are Arizona and Hawaii plus Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands aren’t sheep following a deranged shepherd. Could I move? Would I want to?

There are more and more countries falling in line behind the US to stay “in sync”. Is that something we want to be known for? Personally, I don’t think it’s a plus. Or maybe it’s the US that’s lining up behind someone else…At any rate, it’s about the most lame-brained excuse for fooling with Father Time and Mother Nature.

I know there are people out there who like this time. Why, I have yet to understand. But maybe, just MAYBE they will understand why I feel the way I feel.

In short, my opinion is that it is a BUST. Period. The End.

4 Responses to Daylight Saving Time—Boon or Bust?

  1. Sheryl March 15, 2008 at 2:57 pm #

    I hate daylight savings. It totally disrupts my rhythms and that of my daughter (who never adjusted from the fall change). I try to stick to the sun for sleep and wake times but that does no good when we want to be social with people with jobs that suddenly moved forward or back an hour. It is an absurd notion.

  2. Tommie March 15, 2008 at 4:01 pm #

    Right on, Sheryl! There are people at work who still aren’t adjusted and may not be until it “falls back”. When you are part of the work force, you have to comply with what the bosses say and they usually don’t want to go against the gov’mint.

  3. Cassandra March 26, 2008 at 8:21 am #

    I hate DST as well. I’m in Arizona, though. I still have to deal with it in that everyone else changes and I don’t! So I have to stop and try to remember which states are in the same time zone THIS month. Makes for calling businesses out of state a pain. 😛 Then my dad gets all confused when he says call at 9 and I call at what was 9 last month. Oh, wait! He had a time change! I think the government is just trying to confuse us all…

  4. Tommie March 27, 2008 at 7:28 pm #

    Can you say “CONSPIRACY”?

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