Be it resolved, that daylight savings time changes should be abolished by the Federal Government.
Please excuse me as I travel back in time to my high school debate days. Like then, I will use arguments of experience, rather than logic. I will use questionable sources , and then report them in such a way that I find advantageous. I will probably talk in circles. But that’s okay, because I will do it with flair and finesse, and will probably win. 😉
Like most other Americans, I experienced the time shift of returning to “standard time” yesterday morning. Although some may argue that “fall back” is a miracle because it allows for an additional hour of sleep, I have found that switching my clocks twice per year is annoying, painful, and sometimes dangerous.
Please read through the following “arguments” like a true debater. Stating, “subpoint A….”
A. “Fall back” allows for one extra hour of sleep, only to be made up by one more torturous lost hour during “spring forward”.
B. Daylight savings makes calculating the time difference between where I live and the rest of the world difficult, if not impossible. When Professor X used to call his parents overseas, he was forever waking them up from sleep because he was off by an hour.
C. Warm (and therefore awesome) states already know the evil that is daylight savings and have stuck their hot tongues at the rest of the country. Yeah Hawaii and Arizona!
D. Shifting the clocks necessarily means that most people are late/early to work, school, church, and appointments on at least one day. Often more.
E. Changing the time means that I have to actually change all the clocks in the house. Come on people. Don’t you know how lazy I am?
F. Traffic fatalities increase after time switches (due to lack of sleep or increase darkness in the afternoon).
G. Clock shifts correlate with economic downturns, including falling Stock exchange prices.
As much as I love my extra hour of sleep, it is not worth the price that we must pay. As our government administration shifts, I hope this will be one of the first issues addressed. Because, come on, there isn’t anything else going on right now of importance….. I strongly believe that daylight savings time changes should be abolished by the federal government.
Addendum: after driving home from work in the dark and rain at 5:00, I have decided that we need to permanently make DST our ” always ” time and then stop messing with the clock.