We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
The problem is which standard do you pick. My state is proposing we stay ON daylight savings time. Other states are proposing that they stay on standard time. This could all end up worse and more confusing.
and hopefully not by the ridiculous proposal to make it permanent, which is just a unilateral disruption of natural time zones. I really don't know why members of the GOP keep coming up with these proposals.
I was thinking the same thing...why can't we just have daylight savings time all year long, it would especially benefit us in the northern states. It gets dark so early in the winter. We could use an extra hour of daylight in the winter but we also love, love, love daylight in the summertime. Why not daylight savings time all year long? Who needs daylight in the wee morning hours?
Without Daylight Saving Time the sun would rise before 5:00 from May 6 to Jul 26 and as early as 4:37 in the middle of June. I gladly trade an additional hour of dark while I sleep for an additional hour of light to enjoy the outdoors in the evening.
If Daylight Saving Time was in effect the entire year the sun would not rise until after 8:00 from November 27 to February 10 and as late as 8:24 in early January. I gladly trade an additional hour of light for the morning commute, including children going to school, for an earlier sunset while I'm not likely to be outdoors.
The specified dates and times apply to the community where I live. These may differ slightly in other locations.
There is an old story that when white man first explained daylight saving time to the Indians that they responded that white man thinks that if the cut a foot of material off the top of the blanket and then sew it onto the bottom of the blanket that the blanket will be longer.
We live in central New Hampshire and love DST. Without DST, it would get light at 4:00 in the summer, which is way too early (especially for light-sensitive sleepers or for those who don't enjoy loud (and disturbing) birdsong that early), and we'd miss out on an extra hour of beautiful light at the end of the day. And, the switchback to standard time in the fall guarantees a dark commute to work both ways. Ugh. If given the choice, we'd opt for DST year round.