The most cogent argument for elimination of artificial "daylight saving" time comes from our own Lois Collins ("School start times designed for everything but kids,” Aug. 26). She argues that children are sleep deprived.

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It has been my observation that this condition exists well into adulthood. Co-workers are staggering to work in darkness, unable to function until the third cup of coffee (usually, but not limited to two hours). Then they are wide awake for the "Tonight Show." This cycle gets repeated five days a week.

While assigned in Alaska, I saw the effects of widely varying periods of light on the ability to function. Productivity was adversely affected.

We don't have to adjust school start time to give our children a healthy circadian rhythm; just use solar time.

David Parker