This letter has made some good points about the abomination known as Daylight
Savings Time. However, it does not go nearly far enough.It is well
known that DST got its real push from Nazi Germany, which used it to further the
production of wartime implements. This allowed the Nazis to inflict a holocaust
on an entire continent. In its current iteration, DST time is used
as justification for bars and clubs to keep later hours than they would
otherwise be able to. This in turn leads to greater amounts of drunkenness and
immorality. No reasonable person supports this degradation.In
short, let us remember the real outcome when we debate the merits of DST.
Morality should never be sacrificed for expediency.
All fantasies about DST aside, the fact is that it was originally proposed by
Ben Franklin. It was pushed by pro-business interests in Congress because there
are solid economic benefits that result from it.It might be nice if
posters here would seek the truth before posting nonsense about Nazis and bar
owners and immorality.
@John Charity Spring:Bars in nightclubs are open – in most
states – until 2 AM. Daylight savings time does absolutely nothing to
change the 2 AM time except one night here it gives an extra hour, and one night
here they lose an hour. But they don't use daylight savings time generally
to stay open later.And, while Germany did use daylight savings time
– and something called German time where they tried to make all time zones
in Berlin – daylight savings time has been used in many places to help
boost productivity. Campaigning against something because "the Nazis did
it" would open up a huge bucket of worms. Better to actually
have a real commentary about why daylight savings does not work in our society
today. That is the only thing that actually matters in this discussion.
Honestly folks. A simple search would at least take care of the history
side.DST was first proposed in New Zealand and in Britain. It was
first enacted in WWI Germany (not WWII) and most of the Allies enacted it as
well. It resurfaced in WWII on both sides.Don’t like DST? No
problem. But please at least do not reject it because it originated with the
Nazis because it didn’t.And if you are worried about things
that came out of WWII era Germany, then please do not drive a Volkswagen. Also,
both the US and Russian space programs were built on German technology post WWII
so we should abandon space.
Franklin absolutely did not support DST. What he actually proposed, was that
persons get to bed on time so that they would wake up on time. He opposed
wasting candles so persons could stay up until all hours of the night drinking
and carrying on. Franklin would roll over in his grave if he could see how
liberals have twisted his ideas.
I'm ignoring the Nazi silliness to agree with the letter-writer, that our
children go to school way too early. For some reason, it is part of the culture
here in Utah to start things ridiculously early as if it's some sort of
moral high ground, even though those on said moral high ground tend to sleep
through their afternoon meetings. We had a child who had basketball practice at
a 4:30 AM, for crying out loud. That's bordering on criminal child
abuse.OK, that was bordering on silliness on my part, but I really
don't see what would be wrong with starting school at 9:00 AM. I think
it's a really bad idea to have children going to school in the dark. I
would much rather have the school day be during daylight hours.Daylight Savings Time? Meh. I hate changing the clock twice a year. Maybe we
should revert to the good old days, when local time was based on the sun
position rather than a time zone. That would at least be interesting.
@Twin LightsLouisville, KYAnd if you are worried about things
that came out of WWII era Germany, then please do not drive a Volkswagen...====== I fly on a jet [Me262], train, bus or truck
[diesel].BTW -- Most modern pharmaceutical companies [medicine] are
also from Germany.
More sunlight in the morning = bad!More sunlight in the evening =
great!I'm a working man and I want to spend more outside time
with my family after work. The more sunlight we have in the evening, the better!
The less sunlight in the morning, the better!Children should wear
sensible reflective stickers on their backpacks and coats so they can safely
travel to school in the somewhat darker morning hours.
I agree with the letter writer and with "Pops" for the school children
issues. Another thing that needs addressed with daylight savings time is that
due to the darkness in the morning (when it first begins) there always seems to
be accidents where children and others are hit and sometimes killed. I get
liking both of the times, but don't like to change and don't want to
have to worry for the kids. We just need to stick with standard time.