by Wayne Simmes:
They call it daylight savings time but it is not. There are the same numbers of daylight hours no matter how you choose to set your clocks. If you set your clocks ahead one hour tonight as most states mandate that you do, you do not gain an hour of daylight tomorrow.
For instance, if you live in southern Ohio, today the sun rose at 6:57 and will set at 6:38 for hours of sunlight of 11 hours and 41 minutes. Because you chose to set your clocks ahead one hour, tomorrow the sun will rise at 7:56 and set at 7:39. That means you have 11 hours and 43 minutes of sunlight.
You will notice that you gained 4 minutes of sunlight, not one hour and it had nothing to do with your setting your clocks ahead. You will gain a few minutes the next day and each day until June 21 and then you will start to lose a few minutes each day.
What this does accomplish is to totally screw up my schedule for a few days until I adjust to the change. I will still go to bed at the same time and arise at the same time by my clock but not by my biological clock.
So one might ask, why do we go through this farce twice every year? I remember living in Arizona, where they did not observe daylight savings time, and how people thought that we were backward. I remember writing a letter to the editor where I insisted that Arizonans weren’t backward, the rest of the country was and I still believe that.
Daylight Savings Time started supposedly to conserve fuel shortly after World War I and then was reinstituted during World War II. Once the war ended it went away for a number of years. During the gas shortages of the 1970’s, it was made a national law, but a few states opted out and were granted exceptions.
Now I still can’t figure out how you save energy by burning more of it in the morning and less of it at night but someone more brilliant than I am somehow figured that out. And if we are honest, there is no longer an energy shortage in the United States. We have enough gasoline and natural gas to last us for our lifetimes and the life times of our great grandchildren.
But I imagine someone will point out to me that Daylight Savings Time will somehow save a polar bear or stop the rising tides issues they deem far more important than my screwed up schedule.