Tracy Talks: Daylight saving - A waste of time?
by Anne Marie Fuller
Nov 01, 2013 | 4975 views | 12 12 comments | 188 188 recommendations | email to a friend | print
This Sunday, Nov. 3, daylight saving time ends at 2 a.m., and you will need to set your clocks back an hour. This seasonal ritual seems to cause upset with schedules, and so I ask, has daylight saving time outlived its usefulness?

During World War I, daylight saving time was implemented as a way to conserve resources, such as fuel, for the war effort. After the war, daylight time was discontinued, largely due to unpopularity. It was re-established during World War II.

I asked some readers whether we still benefit from daylight saving time. The consensus was a dislike for semiannual clock resetting.

“Hate, hate, hate it,” Elizabeth Cull commented on Facebook. “We lose the sun in the evenings when we need it most, giving families less outdoor time and kids less outdoor time after homework.”

“All that it does is mess up people, and especially kids’ schedules ... don’t like it!” Tina Vieira commented.

There is actually debate as to when the idea of a daylight saving system was first introduced. Some reports date it back to ancient times and cultures using a system to utilize as many daylight hours as possible.

Other reports credit Benjamin Franklin and an essay published in 1784, titled “An Economical Project for Diminishing the Cost of Light.” Franklin described changing our waking and sleeping hours to reduce candle use.

George Vernon Hudson, from New Zealand, issued an 1895 proposal to change the setting of clocks forward and back. And William Willett, from the United Kingdom, published a pamphlet in 1907 titled “The Waste of Daylight.”

Regardless of the actual date of its invention, the idea was to use more sunlit hours and save on artificial lighting and other resources. What are your thoughts here — does modern-day society still benefit from daylight saving time?

• Anne Marie Fuller, a Tracy arts commissioner, Mrs. California Beauties of the Nation and National Mrs. BOTN, is also the host of “Helpful Hints with Anne Marie” on Channel 26 at 7 p.m. Fridays. Contact her at annemarie@columnist.com.

 
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Sneaky
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November 09, 2013
Every 6m we have to put up with these mindless articles. The change in time seems to bring the cuckoo birds out of the woodwork. DST is a minor annoyance at worst. Aside from having to change the clocks it makes no difference to me. If you don't like the change just go into work an hour earlier and leave an hour earlier. "Problem" solved.
TossinAndTurnin
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November 03, 2013
Well, it's coming and I'm planning a little sleeping in tomorrow morning.
dd95376
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November 02, 2013
Doesn't everyone read this person's fluff and just move on to Recordnet?
newsfan01
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November 02, 2013
dd95376 sounds a little personal. This person is why I read the Press. I am glad we finally have a person that writes about real issues such as school bullying, the roundabouts and more. I say leave this forum if your just looking to attack. The real issue here is about DST, I really see no need to continue with this each year.
backinblack
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November 02, 2013
AG, What exactly does this article or my comment have to do with politics? Did you notice Ornley wrote his comment without directing anything at me? While typing did it cross your mind you could have done the same? Obviously not, as you opted to do what you accuse the right of partaking in, arguing about everything, comical.

Now that you started the argument by bringing me into your poorly thought out comments allow me to retort. While I do not agree with everything written, Ornley did a good job of addressing the pros, cons, or indifference of DST. I chose to address a comment contained within the article which in my opinion epitomizes a problem which is helping with the ruination of our country, too much whining.

Discipline is the difference here. Regardless of DST, the time of year, whatever, I wake up at the same time everyday, I work the same 10-12 hour days, I work out at the same time each morning, eat at the same times of the day, basically DST is irrelevant to my life.

Why do I have a problem with the comment I addressed? It's a boo hoo, whoa is me attitude which I cannot stand. While you and others are pouting people like me are coping and getting things done.
backinblack
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November 02, 2013
Mr. 64 year old wrote,

"Listen. The extra hour you get at night is the one you lose in the morning!"

and

"It is done for NO GOOD REASON!"

Do you realize there are numerous sources which define the pros & cons of DST? Granted, as Ornley pointed out a higher rate of trafffic accidents is oft times cited as a con. However, he does not mention that lower crime rates are oft times cited as a pro. I can explain the reasons for this but do some research and figure it out for yourself.

Maybe you are not as polite or cognizant as I, but one advantage of an extra hour of light in the evening is getting yard work done. Regardless of the day, I am not rude or oblivious enough to run a blower at 6 or 7 in the morning. After working a 10-12 hour day it's nice to have that extra daylite to do something such as blowing the yard at a more reasonable time as to not disturb or wake up the neighbors.

A parting suggestion, think before you type. Thank you for playing.

AGCaya
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November 01, 2013
Moving the clock twice a year would be fine if it actually gave us more daylight. It's another example of how people allow themselves to be managed by higher-ups.

I'm not interested in why we do it or for how long it has been done, only in it's effect. The only thing it does to humans is to alter their biological clocks by changing what time the rise in the morning and go to bed each night, for absolutely no good reason!

Listen. The extra hour you get at night is the one you lose in the morning!

Duh!

Ornley_Gumfudgen
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November 01, 2013
In my opinion, it's no longer cost effective an havin th reverse effect. With th advent of electricity, heatin an transportation, an th fact that th majority of America commutes ta work in one fashion or another, changin th time twice a year ta conform ta some semblance of havin sunrise occur durin a particular time on th face of yer clock don't make much sense.

It takes a good solid two weeks ta get use ta th change, meanin th negative effects last fer about a month. Durin that time people don't operate at peak efficiency in a self induced form of what is known as jet lag.

Not only that but th rapid change in daylight, brought on as an effect of th time change an occurin durin th most dangerous periods of commuter time, because of daylight, th effect means more accidents on th road equatin ta more cost.

Fer agriculture, it don't make much difference. When th sun comes up, ya work. When it goes down, ya stop work. Th cows get milked when they need milkin an they don't need a timepiece ta tell em when ta be milked.

Daylight savings once had value. Not it's not only a bother but costly as well frum many perspectives.
backinblack
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November 01, 2013
“All that it does is mess up people, and especially kids’ schedules ... don’t like it!”

I don't know anyone who gets messed up by it. Geez, if the kiddies can't cope with a simple thing like adjusting the clock twice per year how the heck are they going to deal with some of the complex issues life will throw at them?

No wonder the younger generation is in large part soft. Boo hoo.
AGCaya
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November 01, 2013
I'm sixty-four and have always known that DST was dumb. It's not a matter of 'coping', it's common sense. It is done for NO GOOD REASON! I don't understand why the right always has to make everything an argument. Why is that BiB?
Ornley_Gumfudgen
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November 02, 2013
If thair was a valid reason fer it I would agree. But in this day an age it's unnecessary. If it's unnecessary it generates waste. If it generates waste, either in material or time or efficiency, it should be abandoned. Give me a valid reason fer continuin it, an not just, everyone else is doin it so it must be good, an I'll consider changin my stance. Just one valid reason because I can't see one.
fortheunderdog
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November 07, 2013
I agree with Ornley, DST is not necessary. Heck, we're just going to turn the clocks ahead in the Spring so in reality we're still going to be right where Mother Nature intended us to be in the first place. And while we're at it, let's do away with income tax forms too. Time to stir the pot.


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