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Save Time: Make Daylight Saving Time Permanent

Numerous persons have been seeking to end the practice of changing the time twice a year.

A commentary by James Edwin Gibson


Let’s save time by not changing our clocks twice a year. It takes time to change clocks forward one hour in the spring and backward one hour in the autumn. It’s also confusing and can result in persons being early or late for appointments due to not making the change correctly.


Numerous persons in recent years have been seeking to end the practice of changing the time twice a year. A March National Geographic piece[1]discusses some of these efforts.


In my home state of Kentucky, on Monday, July 2, 2019, two Kentucky state representatives prefiled a bill to establish Daylight Saving Time year round in Kentucky if the federal government allows it, according several news sources, including  the Louisville Courier-Journal[2] and WLKY[3]. 

    

Daylight Saving Time Exemptions, Benefits, and Current Law

A Transportation.gov piece[4] notes that The Uniform Time Act allows states to exempt themselves from Daylight Saving Time and stay on Standard Time all year round. The article also lists supposed benefits of Daylight Saving Time.


The basic principle seems to be that under Daylight Saving Time people will be awake and active more during daylight hours, and not out and about as much during hours of darkness, which improves safety and reduces energy consumption due to using artificial lights. There is some debate on how effective that it is, but it apparently helps some. 


While states can exempt themselves from Daylight Saving Time, they cannot exempt themselves from Standard Time without a change in federal law. In other words, a state can stay all year round on the “slow” time of early November to mid March via changing state laws. But, if a state wants to stay on the “fast” time of midMarch to early November all year round, it would require Congressional approval, or a Supreme Court ruling that the law was invalid.   


Time change is regulated by The Uniform Time Act of 1966,[5] which was modified in the 1980s and then again by the Energy Policy Act of 2005[6] which took effect in 2007 and sets the current dates for the time change.


Under current United States law most places in the country change their time ahead one hour at 2:00 a.m. (changing the time to 3:00 a.m.) on the second Sunday in March. Then, on the first Sunday in November at 2:00 a.m., the time is moved back one hour (changing the time to 1:00 a.m.).

Closing Thoughts

My cell phone and computer automatically change time appropriately. But, I still need to change the time on my battery-powered alarm clocks, am-fm clock radio, am-fm CD player, and microwave oven. It takes time to change the time on all these devices. I want to save that time and avoid the confusion of the time changes.


A website Petitition2Congress.com[7] provides a form to contact your United States Senators and Congressperson to end the practice of changing time twice a year. But, I think it’s better to e-mail, phone, or mail a personal message via the U.S. Postal Service to those individuals directly rather than sending a form letter.


Momentum seems to be increasing toward ending this time-change practice in the United States and in other countries around the world.


If a huge number of persons urge Congress to act, I think change can come as soon as this year here in the United States. Let’s take action. I plan to e-mail my United States Senators and Congressperson within the next week. Will you contact yours, too, on this issue?


ENDNOTES:

[1] Maya Wei-Haas; “Tired of daylight saving time? These places are trying to end it”; National Geographic; March 8, 2019; website accessed July 6, 2019; https://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/2019/03/tired-of-daylight-saving-time-these-states-trying-to-end-clock-changes/ 


[2] Lucas Aulbach; “Tired of changing the clock? Kentucky lawmakers propose sticking with daylight saving time”; Courier-Journal; July 2, 2019; website accessed July 6, 2019; https://www.courier-journal.com/story/news/politics/2019/07/02/kentucky-daylight-saving-time-bill-prefiled/1625917001/ 


[3] WLKY Digital Team; “Kentucky lawmakers file bill to make daylight saving time permanent”; WLKY; July 1, 2019; website accessed July 6, 2019; https://www.wlky.com/article/kentucky-lawmakers-file-bill-to-make-daylight-saving-time-permanent/28253027 


[4] “Daylight Saving Time”; Transportation.gov; updated March 10, 2014; website accessed July 6, 2019; https://www.transportation.gov/regulations/daylight-saving-time 


[5] “Public Law 89-387: An Act to promote the observance of a uniform system of time throughout the United States”; April 13, 1966; website accessed July 6, 2019; https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/STATUTE-80/pdf/STATUTE-80-Pg107.pdf 


[6] “Top 8 Things You Didn’t Know About Daylight Saving Time”; Energy.gov; March 6, 2014; website accessed July 6, 2019; https://www.energy.gov/articles/top-8-things-you-didn-t-know-about-daylight-saving-time (Numerous other articles also discuss the Energy Policy Act of 2005.) 


[7] “END DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME”; Petition2Congress; website accessed July 6, 2019; https://www.petition2congress.com/ctas/end-daylight-savings-time 


NOTE:

This piece is being submitted to Craft News Report on July 6, 2019. 


Copyright © 2019 James Edwin Gibson. James is the author of the books True Christianity: It May Not Be What You Think (2014, second edition 2015, third edition 2017) and Several True (I Think) Stories: Can Truth Be Stranger Than Fiction? (2016, second edition 2017). You may contact James at jamesedwingibson@yahoo.com regarding this column. James thanks his friend Paul for publishing it on his website, thanks you all for reading, and hopes you all enjoy God’s blessings!