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Voice: No reason to keep daylight-saving time

May 13, 2001

Abolishing daylight-saving time in the United States would be beneficial in many ways, ranging from the workplace to travel, to mainframe computer problems and a basic burden on the people.

Some may argue that eliminating daylight-saving time will catastrophically change the world as we know it. Parents would send children to school just as the sun is rising, farmers would not have a long enough day to yield their crops and employees would endure long business days.

It is simple; most people are afraid of change. Why get rid of a system that seems to work or has been in use for as long as most can remember? There is no strong argument, however, as to whether daylight-saving time has a great significance on time in general. Then why not abolish the method all together? There is no great uproar in Arizona, Hawaii and that part of Indiana which does not observe daylight-saving time. Life is going along just fine there with the time staying constant all year round.


So a person may gain an hour one part of the year; come the next time change, they lose that hour. Wouldn't it be convenient if time could just stay the same all year round without needing to spring forward or fall back?

There is a mindset that daylight-saving time was implemented to conserve energy when the days got long and energy levels rose. Another belief is by changing the time during certain parts of the year farmers will have more time during the day to spend in their fields working their crops.

In fact, farmers generally oppose daylight-saving time because their day starts when the sun rises; it does not matter what time the clock reveals. When the time does change, it is just an inconvenience to them, as it is with most people. By changing the time, as far as the farmer is concerned, all it does is change his scheduling in which he sells to a potential buyer.

How many times have people used the excuse that they did not set their clocks back and this is why they are late for work? The economic effects on all the people missing an hour of work must be staggering,, not to mention when the clocks move ahead, those same people do not seem to show up one hour early. Computers don't tell time as far as anything but standard time on their system clocks, so when daylight-saving time does go into effect a mainframe computer has to be reset as such or there will be problems in the system.

Daylight-saving time is just a burden on most people. We live in a different world than the one where a time change would be of any advantage to the general public. By abolishing the concept of daylight-saving time in most of North America, there could only be benefits to most people who already have a difficult time accepting change, not to mention a change forced upon them twice a year.



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