You may not have realized it but you lost another hour of your life Sunday morning when we set the clocks ahead an hour. Daylight Saving Time has begun. Would you like to see it end? There is a petition trying to make that happen.

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Daylight Savings Time is the practice of advancing clocks so that evenings can have more daylight and mornings less. Typically clocks are adjusted one hour near the start of spring then one hour back near fall.

 

In 1973, we had Daylight Saving Time all year instead of just the spring and summer. The system of beginning DST at 2 AM on the first Sunday in April and ending it at 2 AM on the last Sunday in October was not standardized until 1986. The rules changed again in 2007 and now DST begins on the second Sunday of March and ends the first Sunday of November.

 

Proponents of DST generally argue that it saves energy, promotes outdoor leisure activity in the evening, and is therefore good for physical and psychological health, reduces traffic accidents, reduces crime, or is good for business. Groups that tend to support DST are urban workers or professionals, retail businesses, outdoor sports enthusiasts and businesses, tourism operators, and others who benefit from increased light during the evening.

Opponents argue that actual energy savings are inconclusive, that DST can disrupt morning activities, and that the act of changing clocks twice a year is economically and socially disruptive and cancels out any benefit. Groups that have tended to oppose DST are farmers, transportation companies, and the indoor and outdoor entertainment business.

Whatever the reason, would you prefer having daylight saving time all year round so that it is lighter into the night or standard time where it gets darker sooner?

Please take our poll and let us know what you think.