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Don’t mess with our Daylight Savings Time
Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Well, we have sprung forward as of Sunday. We now experience darker mornings as we start our days activities and head to work, but then lovely longer light at the end of the day, brightening this unusually cold and snowy winter.

We’ve concluded our annual spring ritual of prowling about the house in search of clocks to change one hour forward and always missing that one clock that gives you a shock days later when you notice it and think you are an hour late for work.

Car clocks are especially a pain, because you never think of changing them, and then try to do it while youre driving, putting other peoples lives in danger as you fumble with the controls.

The state of Montana ought to issue a rule that in addition to no texting and driving, there should be no clock changing and driving, either.

Daylight savings time was first proposed in 1865 and was first used in the U.S. in 1918, with implementation off and on for decades after that. According to TimeTemperature.com , in the U.S., daylight savings used to start the first Sunday in April and wrap up the last Sunday in October, but a 2005 law moved it all forward by three weeks, so now it starts the second Sunday in March and ends the first Sunday in November.

Aside from the clockchanging nuisance, there are many arguments for not having daylight savings, ranging from the sheer disruptiveness of it including changing schedules for everything from school buses to airlines to messing with agricultural work cycles and even causing health risks.

No wonder Montana Sen. John Esp in January introduced Senate Bill 153 that would have ended it in the state, keeping us year-round on Mountain Standard Time. However, it was tabled by a Senate committee early last month.

The reasons for daylight savings, include, of course, longer leisure time at the end of the day, which the outdoor and tourists industries love as well. Another big argument is that it supposedly saves energy. However, not everyone agrees it does.

Daylight savings time doesnt really give you more hours in the day, of course. You just rob Peter at one end to pay Paul at the other. It’s a little weird messing with the normal cycles of the earth, but we like our quirky adaptation, especially in Montana where winters are dark and long.

So don’t change Daylight Savings Time. Give us that long, lingering, lovely light at the end of the day, so we can spend more time on our rivers, more time in our mountains, or just more time chatting on the front porch.

— Livingston Enterprise

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