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Published: Saturday, Nov. 24 2012 12:00 a.m. MST

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one old man
Ogden, UT

Or can't we just go to Daylight Savings all year and have no reason to adjust?

John Charity Spring
Back Home in Davis County, UT

Old man has missed the point here. The point is not that daylight savings time creates a hassle twice a year. The point is that DST leads to moral degradation.

Study after study confirms that DST leads to people staying out later at night, primary at bars and clubs. This leads to drunkenness, addiction, and uncontrolled sexuality. It is an irrefutable fact that if people were home at a decent hour, these social ills would be greatly reduced.

There is a reason that lobbyists for the alcohol industry pay millions of dollars convincing politicians to keep DST. They know that the industry makes far more money with DST than without it. Unfortunately, the politicians have thus far decided that the resulting broken homes and destroyed lives are worth less than the campaign contributions.

one old man
Ogden, UT

Right now, I'm laughing so hard it's difficult to type.

But at least now we know that Daylight Savings is responsible for all the ills of mankind.

one old man
Ogden, UT

And, JCS, will you please provide links to the "studies" you claim have "proved" your stand?

Is it too much to ask that you give us some concrete evidence?

Deserthiker
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

Having lived with daylight savings time for much of my life, having raised five children while dealing with it, my opinion is that the inconveniences of moving ahead or back an hour twice a year are minor and fleeting. I personally find that minor inconvenience well worth having the extra evening time with daylight during the warmer months- I get a lot of outside work and play time with my family during the extra hour. I wouldn't get nearly as much done with that daylight hour occurring at 5-6 am. If anything, I would vote for living on DST year round. In Utah that would mean it'd be dark outside till 8-9 am in winter but we'd have light for the 5-6 pm hour. I would enjoy the evening daylight. The big drawback of staying on DST year round is that kids would be outside walking to school in the dark in the morning for more of the year.

one old man
Ogden, UT

But be careful, Deserthiker. If we allow Daylight Savings to continue, all our children will be doomed to lives of depraved immorality.

LDS Liberal
Farmington, UT

My only gripe about Daylight savings is when the Anti-Government haters use it as yet another flawed example of the "Government controlling every aspect of our lives - including the Time - harumph!"

Me personally, I was in the USAF and a pilot.
Changing times happened daily.

No big deal.

JoeBlow
Far East USA, SC

"The point is that DST leads to moral degradation."

Is there anything that you cannot find a moral problem with?

I cannot determine if you are for real or playing a religious Caricature.

I hope it is the latter.

Hemlock
Salt Lake City, UT

John and the old man need to get a hobby.

Twin Lights
Louisville, KY

John Charity Spring,

I did some searching online (which we know is, other than the scriptures, the source of all truth . . .). Nothing on DST's effect on morality. Nothing on increased alcohol consumption. Some negative data on increases in heart attacks and possibly suicides when we lose an hour (one would think these would reverse on the other end). Some positive data on traffic accidents due to commuting in daylight.

I have no real issue with your point about negative morality the later we stay out. Though I have only anecdotal evidence for its truthfulness, we taught the value of being in early to our children. But if the curfew is 10:00 or 12:00, it also changes with DST, right (it did for our kids)?

So . . . I am at a loss to understand your post. It seems to have little or no foundation in fact. Sorry.

Linus
Bountiful, UT

I can live with Daylight Savings Time. My beef is that someone got it reversed from the way it ought to be. We have an abundance of daylight in the summer. We have a serious shortage of daylight in the winter. We should "fall forward" and "spring back." This would make sense to all day-shift workers who get home from work in winter with not a minute of daylight to spare. It is just silly to add another hour of daylight after bedtime all summer and then take away that extra hour when it is needed most.

NedGrimley
Brigham City, UT

Twin: You obviously missed John's wit. Another reason we need a sarcasm font...

Twin Lights
Louisville, KY

NedGrimley,

Are you serious that Mr. Spring is being sarcastic? Every one of his posts read like this. Are YOU being sarcastic? Sorry, but my sarcasm radar has been known to be faulty.

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