Should Daylight Saving Time be eliminated?

10 daylight saving time facts and why farmers aren't to blame

Daylight Saving Time was invented - by none other than Benjamin Franklin - to make the best use of daylight hours.

On Sunday, you'll quite literally "spring forward" when the clock strikes 2 a.m.

The website states following the 1973 oil embargo, the U.S. Congress extended the DST period to 10 months in 1974 and eight months in 1975, in an effort to save energy.

According to the federal Uniform Time Act of 1966, states may exempt themselves from observing daylight saving time, as Hawaii and most of Arizona do.

Some people seem to like DST; others prefer standard time. The U.K. adopted daylight saving soon after, and the USA was right behind, putting a daylight saving law into effect in 1918. (And, increasingly, the rolling equipment that farmers use is set up these days to run day and night.) As for farm animals, to paraphrase a recent report on "Last Week Tonight with John Oliver:" They don't care about the time.

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Two years ago, KPC Sunday columnist Dr. Terry Gaff addressed this topic in a column, beginning, "Unfortunately, it is about time for me to go on my twice per year rant about the stupidity of Daylight Saving Time".

He said, "I want to know what proponents are out there saying this is wrong". He also found that people would stay awake an extra hour to watch their favorite TV programs, "which resulted in much more sleep loss than on the one day when clocks are set forward". Such loafing on the job following the time change suggests that people are less productive when mildly sleep deprived due to the time change.

This is where it's useful to look at sunrise and sunset times over the course of a year if we ended DST. The Times Square ball won't drop until 1 in the morning!

He said, "I've got teachers".

"I'd make it the whole country", the Sarasota Republican told The Florida Times-Union. As we move toward that possibility, we may find it easier to save lives and money rather than chase the daylight.

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That's actually been tried before. It turns out, daylight saving time didn't help anyone conserve energy.

But it didn't last. To squelch Daylight Saving Time would limit the hours he could ride his motorcycle in the summer. "Installing smoke alarms with batteries that don't need to be changed annually is one of the most affordable ways to protect your family". The current schedule, introduced in 2007, states that DST starts on the second Sunday in March, and ends on the first Sunday in November.

But more daylight after work meant more time to shop, play golf and go to baseball games. The first and most persistent lobby for daylight saving in this country was the Chamber of Commerce.

Why? When your rhythms get jolted and you lose an hour of sleep, the combination can cause "microsleeps", or a momentary lapse of attention that can end in disaster.

IN law also requires that the smoke detectors be either battery operated or hard wired into the electrical system and be accessible for servicing and testing (at least once each six months).

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