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Published: Monday, March 10 2014 12:00 a.m. MDT

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Far East USA, SC

"Daylight saving time interrupts our natural human circadian rhythms"

My "circadian rhythm" is just fine. Even after being assaulted with this recent time change.

You may want to have yours checked.

Open Minded Mormon
Everett, 00

Ah yes -- Utah,
We have 2 things to look forward to twice a year ---
the semi-annual LDS General Conference,
and the Deseret News letter complaining about the time change.


"Energy savings was one reason for daylight saving time, but now it can be easily argued that the opposite is true, that we spend more energy with daylight time."

We spend more energy with daylight?
Are you kidding me?

True, we humans use more energy during the daylight because we are AWAKE and WORKING.
But your aurgement is 180 degreee opposite of the "truth".

BTW -- I like having a summer evening bar-b-que when it's still light outside,
not having it hit 110 degrees before 9:00 a.m.,
and not having to get up at 3:30 a.m. in the morning to golf, bike, hike, etc.

It's 1 hour,
If your body can't adjust to that -- don't even think about traveling outside of the Utah bubble.

And --
Why do people hate Benjamin Franklin?

salt lake city, utah

I hate to tell you sir but a flight to Europe is far more disruptive to your system than losing an hour of sleep once.

BTW, try living on the easernt boundary of a time zone and see what that does to your system. The sun will come up an hour earlier than ""mother nature" planned for you.

conservative scientist
Lindon, UT

I personally would rather be awakened by the sunlight at 6:00 am rather than 5:00 am in the Summer - plenty early for me. I do many things in the early morning during the Spring, Summer, and Fall - often starting morning outdoor activities at 5:30 or 6:00 am - and daylight savings time doesn't interrupt any of them. It does allow me to spend more productive daylight hours outside in the evening at this time of year. To those who constantly complain about the one hour of lost sleep in the spring (including claims that it severely damages health), I can't imagine anyone with this mindset ever traveling across time zones, having children, completing college (or even high school), doing shift work or really working in any employment where one may have to adjust working schedule occasionally, or doing any of the multitude of other things that upset our personal circadian rhythms much more than daylight savings. Please quit whining and deal with it. Besides we get an extra hour of sleep in the fall.

Springville, UT

Amazing how some are so resistent to any sort of change....

I love DST.

John Charity Spring
Back Home in Davis County, UT

The factor that is strangely ignored in this debate is the impact that DST has on morality. What more important factor could there be?

Studies show that DST causes the general population to stay up later in the Sumer. Consequently, the public stays out late at bars and clubs, which in turn increases drunkenness and alcohol related criminal activity. The citizens pay for this twice: both as victims of criminality and as taxpayers with a higher tax burden.

Do we really want a government policy which encourages addiction and crime? No sensible person would say, "yes."

Twin Lights
Louisville, KY

I love the long summer evenings. Most folks I know just use it for more family time and events.

Open Minded Mormon
Everett, 00

Why don't we see letters to the Deseret News every January complainging about Church time changes?...

I hate 9:00 am Sacratment Meetings,
The 1-4 block is the worst.
11-2 is right in the middle of my baby's nap-time....


Far East USA, SC

"The factor that is strangely ignored in this debate is the impact that DST has on morality."

Could it be ignored because you are the only person who views this issue in such a light?

"Do we really want a government policy which encourages addiction and crime?"

DST "encourages addiction and crime?"

I am confused. Aren't the bars, by law, still required to close at a certain time? How does DST affect that?

I must admit. Most of your posts have me wondering if you are serious or do you laugh at people like me who respond.

Happy Valley Heretic
Orem, UT

JC Spring, thanks for the hardy laugh this morning, you should write for the "Cobert Show," seriously.

Demo Dave
Holladay, UT

Spending more money, eating more, and using more energy is what they want us to do. It's not good for us as individuals but it's good for the economy, and money, above all else, is what it's all about. That's why it will never change.


I personally find the disruption of my Circadian rhythms minimal. No big deal. Plan to go to bed an hour earlier one Sat night a year- adjustment made! Kind of nice having that "extra hour" of sleep in the Fall. I really enjoy the longer daylight hours in the evening- I can get more done outside after work- yard work, recreation, exercise, etc. Very soon the naturally lengthening days will have it light again by 6:30- no worries. If anything I would vote for DST year round.

Pleasant Grove, UT

The number of traffic accidents and heart attacks increases during the first 2-3 days after changing to Daylight Saving Time. It's like jet lag for the entire population.

John Charity Spring
Back Home in Davis County, UT

Not surprisingly, those who favor left-wing policies have been quick to attack all the posts which criticize DST. Part of this attack has been a campaign of misinformation.

Benjamin Franklin absolutely did not support DST. What he really supported was the concept of going to bed on time and getting up early in order to be productive.

It is established fact that Nazi Germany was the big proponent of DST. Does any more need to be said?

Salt Lake City, UT

Open Minded Mormon
Everett, 00
It's quite simple, church meeting times are none of DN business. Talk to your ecclesiastic leaders. Parenthetically, letters to the editor are not "the DN," anymore then your opinions are the DN. They are opinions submitted to the DN.


JC Spring,

Way to manipulate data to prove whatever you want it to prove.

As the concept of Daylight Savings Time wasn't introduced until 1895, no wonder Ben Franklin didn't support it.

As to the Nazi connection: Starting on 30 April 1916, Germany and its World War I allies (Austria-Hungary) were the first to use DST as a way to conserve coal during wartime. Britain, most of its allies, and many European neutrals soon followed suit. Russia and a few other countries waited until the next year and the United States adopted it in 1918.

Salem, Utah

I'd love an extra hour of daylight in the MORNING. Nature has it right. I wish we'd stop this infernal clock changing every spring and fall.

Far East USA, SC

"It is established fact that Nazi Germany was the big proponent of DST. Does any more need to be said?"

Actually, yes. Why were they a proponent of DST? Can you provide any credible evidence?

Is it possible that they wanted to extend the Golf day?

Some studies suggest that more crime is committed during a full moon.
I think we all know who we can blame for that.

Is there anything that you cant make a "morality case" against?

Salt Lake City, UT

I don't like DST either because I spend the whole summer one hour behind. Seems a bit antiquated to me since we are living in an era much more advanced and systematized.

Everett, 00

The moral of the Story is --

Conservatives just don't like change,
not matter what.

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