Letter: Consider late light

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  • JDMaw Phoenix, AZ
    July 24, 2014 2:21 p.m.

    The letter write does not understand what it's like to live in Arizona in the summer. We like our early sunrise and early sunset. Anyone who works outdoors wants to get as early a start as possible to the day before it gets too hot, so the earlier the better. And in the evening, the sooner the sun goes down the better to give just a little bit of relief from the sun's heat. The winter is just the opposite, unfortunately it's dark very early, it would be nice to have sunlight later in the evening when the weather is good and you can actually enjoy being outdoors.

  • 2 bits Cottonwood Heights, UT
    July 18, 2014 1:27 p.m.

    If you want a longer day... I've always found getting up earlier in the morning helps (daylight savings time or not, even if the sun isn't up yet).

    You don't have to wait for the clock or the sun to tell you to get up. You can get up anyway.

    The sun doesn't control you. The sun doesn't have to tell you to get up. And you can sleep whether the sun is up or not (your eyes are closed).

    You also don't have to wait for the Government to tell you when to wake up. You can set your own time (regardless of daylight savings time).

    If you want extra daylight... it's light by 6:00. Don't waste it.

    Or if you like to sleep in... you can stay up late. We have lights now days so you can keep going even after dark.

    But bottom line... it doesn't matter when you get up. It's what you get done that matters.

  • 2 bits Cottonwood Heights, UT
    July 18, 2014 1:13 p.m.


    What's WRONG with a church asking a lot... if it GIVES a lot?

    I agree some people go inactive because they are asked to do something hard. Maybe callings are a test (of our willingness to give and not seek only OUR will).

    Something to think about... If 80% of the work is done by 20% of the people... do the 20% of the people get 80% of the blessings??

    I don't know, but I think everybody is blessed by the work the 20% do.

    Just my opinion though...

  • happy2bhere clearfield, UT
    July 18, 2014 11:42 a.m.


    Don't take me so seriously. I was just responding to the humorous things pops had said. Frankly I dread ever being called to a position that would require me to have to attend those early morning meetings. I used to have one, and my day serving in church could actually end up being a 10 or 12 hour day with all the after church stuff one can have. In fact, to be a little more serious, I think the demands that can be put upon members is a reason for some people to go inactive. Sometimes the church does ask a lot, and as the saying goes, if you want a job done, give the job to a busy person. Bishops seem to learn that principle very fast when needing to fill callings. What is it, something like 80% of the work is done by 20% of the people.

  • stuff Provo, UT
    July 18, 2014 10:51 a.m.

    I prefer having DST year-round, also. Glad someone brought it up. Schools can change their hours to start later and teachers will still have the same amount of daylight left after work. It's not so hot here in Utah as in Phoenix so we don't need the time after sunset to go about our activities. Even in St. George, where it's hotter than Northern Utah, they prefer to golf and such in the daylight. I totally agree with this letter.

    @happy2bhere - if the worms are not yet awake, the bird is wasting its time. If you want to wake up early and study, exercise or do other personal things, that's your privilege - not our obligation. We'll do our activities at other times of the day, thanks.

    For me, I love longer daylight in the evenings - year-round.

  • 2 bit Cottonwood Heights, UT
    July 18, 2014 10:30 a.m.

    I'm pretty sure church-people don't get off on having early morning meetings (the earlier the better). They are just like any other people. Some are morning people, some aren't.

    If you are talking about LDS meeting times, they only start early if there are 3 wards sharing the same building. Then they need to get the first ward started early so the last one isn't in Church at 5-6:00 when kids are starving.

    I like having the early schedule (which happens for me every 3 years). I'm a morning person, and it leaves more time after church to visit family and do other things you can do on the Sabbath Day (besides sleeping).

    Even the earliest schedule isn't all that early (for me). It's still later than I get up the rest of the week.

  • happy2bhere clearfield, UT
    July 18, 2014 9:39 a.m.

    Thomas, you know it does stay light pretty late here in Utah in the summer. Even taking away one hour would still leave light past 8pm. Frankly, with the 90 degree hot weather we have been having lately, I'd just as soon have evening end sooner and let the cooler air come.

    Pops, pretty funny. However, "The early bird catches the worm". Bet you've never heard that one before.

    July 18, 2014 9:02 a.m.

    We should just time our activities to the sun and leave the clocks alone instead of changing them twice a year.

    While we're at it, school (and church meetings) should start during the daytime, not during morning twilight or before. It's almost as if people in Utah think there is some moral high ground in have really early meetings, the earlier the better. If that's what you think, then why not start at 12:01 AM and really show others how much character you have? I personally prefer to get up in the morning, not before, and still be awake in my afternoon meetings instead of dozing off like the silly get-up-in-the-middle-of-the-night folks.

  • 2 bit Cottonwood Heights, UT
    July 18, 2014 8:35 a.m.

    I like having sunshine late too (that's my favorite part of summer). I was just pointing out the physical adjustment problems some people have yesterday. We get over it quick enough.

    There may be a good reason why they don't mind the sun going down early in Phoenix. My relatives there say all OUTDOOR activity waits till after sundown. That's when the tennis matches and the baseball games start. It's too hot when the sun is up. So the sooner it goes down the better. If you fly into Phoenix shortly after sundown (GREAT sunsets BTW) you will see all the tennis courts, ball diamonds, yards and swimming pools lit up, because that's when everybody comes out to work and play.

    You don't have to go to bed just because the sun goes down... Some of my best walks and hikes (even in Utah) have been after the sun went down).

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    July 18, 2014 8:26 a.m.

    If phoenix is a problem, consider Yellowknife in summer. You get all the morning light, evening light, light all night long. Winter, however, is another story. Switching time makes no sense in places like that.

  • EPJ Grantsville, UT
    July 18, 2014 7:15 a.m.

    DST allows for more daylight after work to get some things done before it gets dark. I like DST.

  • The Real Maverick Orem, UT
    July 18, 2014 6:52 a.m.

    I've had daylight savings letter burn out.

    Reading these letters has been more of a pain than DST has ever been.