Why the tyranny of clock changing twice a year needs to end

Minnie Murray
March 10, 2019

No more switching back and forth, no more confusion, no more spending time adjusting dozens of clocks in your house or office.

"When you change the time, you take time to feel comfortable, and when you just feel comfortable, you need to change it again", said Santa Monica resident Linda Misch. The Englishman published the 1907 brochure "The Waste of Daylight" and spent much of his personal fortune evangelizing with missionary zeal for the adoption of "summer time". He introduced the Sunshine Protection Act of 2019 this week to make Daylight Saving Time year-round by having Americans set their clocks ahead one hour and keep them there permanently, giving everyone an extra hour of sunlight in the evening throughout the entire year.

As Daylight Saving Time goes into effect Sunday at 2 am, one MI lawmaker believes it's time to stop the time change that takes place twice a year and keep everything at Daylight Saving Time.

The Oregon Senate holds a hearing on Tuesday on making later sunsets permanent.

The switch to Daylight Saving Time can increase the risk of driver fatigue and crashes, but there are a number of ways to reduce the danger, an expert says.

In November, California voters passed Proposition 7 by a 60-40 percent margin, paving the way for year-round daylight saving time. But for those who are hoping we can #LockTheClock after this weekend's change, I don't think it's going to happen anytime soon. "Kids that play after-school sports, it provides opportunities".

"Not only is the good for our health, is this good for our commerce, but this actually, this bill actually may be indeed good for America", said Republican Rep. Matt Shea.

No lawmakers spoke against the proposal during the perfunctory Saturday afternoon debate. If you use your phone as an alarm clock, you get to skip this part, as the devices' clocks reset themselves.

Then again, in 2011 Russian Federation declared it would stay on DST all year long, then abandoned the plan in 2014 to Daylight Standard Time. "My request to the governors was to share information with me".

"It makes sense to me that we move in unison on this matter", the letter stated. "Here in British Columbia no change is imminent, but we are closely following developments on the West Coast of the U.S".

Though the US has other daylight policies dating back to 1918, daylight saving time as it's now observed is because of the Uniform Time Act, signed in 1966 by President Lyndon B. Johnson. Capital Public Radio sums up nicely the huge hurdles to be hurdled for "Permanent Daylight Saving Time" to become real life (it includes a two-thirds vote in the state legislature, a signature from the governor and also Congressional approval). It became a cultural conflict between agrarian and metropolitan interests, said Michael Downing, an English professor at Tufts University and author of "Spring Forward: The Annual Madness of Daylight Saving Time".

It's possible more states will join Hawaii and Arizona in opting out of the Uniform Time Act.

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