Sunday, March 11, 2007
Daylight Savings Time should be abolished
By Nancy Jane Moore
The government stole an hour from us this morning. 2 a.m. suddenly became 3 a.m. They claim this "saves" daylight.
Of course, this is complete nonsense. No matter how many laws we pass, the number of daylight hours in a day will stay exactly the same.
But, since most of us are slaves to the clock -- we have to get to school and work at specific hours -- we've lost an hour of daylight in the morning. The idea is that we make it up in the evening.
This is supposed to save energy, though apparently whether it really does or not is an unsettled question. There is some speculation that, in the U.S., we spend that "extra" hour of daylight in our cars, not out puttering in the backyard. I don't think an increase in driving is likely to save a lot of energy.
Meanwhile, kids are standing at the school bus stop in the dark. And here in D.C., where the traffic jams start at 5 a.m., it's going to be pitch black during more of morning rush hour.
For people like me -- who like to wake up when the sun comes up -- DST is a real pain. I want that hour in the morning, before I go to work.
I am not a morning person. Morning people are those who like to get up at some ridiculous hour even though it's dark outside. I am a sunlight person. I hate to get up in the dark, but I start waking up as soon as I see a bit of light. Since I can't go to work any later than I already do -- and since I'm not likely to get out of work in time to enjoy my "extra" hour of sunshine until the days get a lot longer -- I've been robbed.
Congressman Ed Markey, the Massachusetts Democrat who introduced the bill that made us start DST three weeks earlier, says DST "puts a smile on everyone's face."
Well, I'm not smiling, Congressman. In fact, I'm downright grumpy. Markey may be doing a great job of agitating against torture -- which I applaud -- but he should be stopped from tinkering with our clocks.