WDEL Blog: Allan Loudell

Should we cancel Daylight Saving Time? (Or at least leave it the same time year-round)?

This is one of those times in this blog that I make no pretension of objectivity.

I hate Daylight Saving Time. Perhaps having something to do with getting up early in the morning, I have ALWAYS hated Daylight Saving Time.

If I had my way, we'd STAY the same time the entire year. Same as most of Arizona; Hawaii; and Saskatchewan. (Of course, Delaware is such a tiny state - linked to the greater Philadelphia metropolitan area - I suppose it would cause chaos for Delaware to march to its own drummer here in the East!)

Perhaps the United States should follow the lead of some countries (Iceland, Russia) which have merely formalized staying on Daylight Time all year.

And eliminate the move that has caused global chaos: The United States and Canada marching into Daylight Time two weekends ahead of (most of) the rest of the world which observes Daylight Time.

The main argument against staying the same time year-round seems to be the purported increase in accidents involving kids walking to school - or waiting at bus pick-up points - in the dark. But can't the same happen with a child leaving an after-school activity during the afternoon in the mid-winter dark?

Meanwhile, the evidence of the detrimental health consequences of these time-shifts keeps building.



Posted at 2:29pm on March 11, 2013 by Allan Loudell

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Comments on this post:

Mon, Mar 11, 2013 3:02pm

There really are no arguments in favor of preserving Daylight Saving Time, and there are a host of reasons to abolish it.

First and foremost, darkness elicits a morose, negative mood and saps our energy. Think about getting off work at 5 p.m. and entering the car in the pitch black and freezing cold. We're ready to end the day at only 5 p.m.

I'll second Mr. Loudell's motion to keep Daylight Saving Time the same all year, and not change back and forth.

Mon, Mar 11, 2013 7:56pm
I think DST year-round is a great idea. I detest that during the winter I can't do anything outside like vacuum or change the oil in my car because it's too dark to see what I'm doing.

Mike from Delaware
Mon, Mar 11, 2013 10:25pm
I'm with you guys on this. Just leave DST in place year round.

Tue, Mar 12, 2013 12:35am
Sorry guys. I'm the oddball out here. I like the change in time because at least that gives me one hour a year for beauty sleep... .. :)

Tue, Mar 12, 2013 9:20am
I'm in your camp Mr. Loudell (and for the first in a very long time, agree with teatime)...DST messes with our physical well-being and should be done away with completely. The so-called benefits are outweighed by the negatives to our health.

Tue, Mar 12, 2013 6:28pm
Kavips: I'm with you on the extra hour a year beauty sleep. Trouble is, you have to pay that back in October.

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