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Yet another time change event, Daylight Savings is upon us. Twice a year, we are either moving the clock one hour ahead or pushing it one hour behind.  This was first imposed on us nationally in the 1970’s during the energy crisis. It was thought that it would help decrease the use of incandescent lightly which was a primary energy use at the time. Before the 1970’s only a few states imposed Daylight Savings Time on residents, mostly for farming, giving the farmers more light in the mornings or evenings, depending on what their crops were and when they needed to be harvested.

Past civilizations made some use of Daylight Savings, changing the daylight hours to adjust for more sunlight.  This is understandable if you have a lack of electricity to power a light bulb that won’t even be invented for several hundred years.  However, in todays society where almost every America household has compact florescent “green” light bulbs and EnergyStar appliances, one would think we don’t need to follow this archaic practice anymore.

Several countries have opted to switch to permanent Daylight Savings Time, living with the summer hours all year long.  Iceland, Russia, and Belarus made the change to permanent summer hours. It makes sense.  Chronobiologists have shown that that the following Mondays are wrought with more workplace and traffic accidents, even more heart attacks.

Perhaps its time to contact our congressman or our state legislators and follow Arizona’s lead and abolish this outmoded and useless practice. Yes, at first it may cause a few problems. Our computers will have to be adjusted but that’s easily fixed. Eventually, though, everything will fall into place, the stock market with continue to do what it does, life will go on just as it has and even our silly government will continue to not create a working budget just as they’ve done for the past four years.

What do you think?  Do we need to continue with this bi-yearly farce?

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March 10, 2013 Posted by | Life, Technology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

   

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