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Published: Saturday, July 5 2014 12:00 a.m. MDT

Updated: Friday, July 4 2014 10:02 p.m. MDT

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John Charity Spring
Back Home in Davis County, UT

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.

one old man
Ogden, UT

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.

Stormwalker
Cleveland , OH

@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.

Twin Lights
Louisville, KY

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.

John Charity Spring
Back Home in Davis County, UT

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.

Pops
NORTH SALT LAKE, UT

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.

LDS Liberal
Farmington, UT

@Twin Lights
Louisville, KY

And if you are worried about things that came out of WWII era Germany, then please do not drive a Volkswagen...

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I fly on a jet [Me262], train, bus or truck [diesel].

BTW -- Most modern pharmaceutical companies [medicine] are also from Germany.

Patrick Henry
West Jordan, UT

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.

Kimber
Salt Lake City, UT

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.

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