Will Daylight Saving Time Finally Go Away?
We are once again nearing the twice-annual switching of the clocks. For as long as most of us can remember we've been setting the clock ahead in early spring and rewinding the clock by an hour every fall. Remembering to "Spring ahead and Fall back."
To put it bluntly it's a pain in the a$$. In the cold winter months, we lose the sun in late afternoon and drive home in the dark. It can create a seasonal depression in some.
It's an ancient tradition set forth in the early 1900s and was used during World War II to reduce energy because of an oil embargo.
So why are we still doing this?
A group of bipartisan U.S. Senators are wondering the same thing. And once again, legislation is being drawn up to make Daylight Saving Time permanent. And this time, the effort just might stick.
Remember last year, the Senate voted unanimously to end the great switching of the clock. Shortly thereafter, the bill failed in the House of Representatives. They even gave the act a fancy name: The Sunshine Protection Act. Sounds bright and cheerful - unlike most actions by Washington politicians.
"Changing the clock twice a year is outdated and unnecessary. We need to get it all the way over the finish line this time. It's time for Congress to act and pass this good bill today." ~ Florida Republican Senator Rick Scott
Most people and most state leaders want this clock switching to end. I do too.
Daylight Saving Time, which will move the clocks forward an hour, resumes on March 12. Let's just leave them there and see what happens. My family's 3 cars, microwave, bedside clock, and coffee maker thanks you in advance. As will the dude that has to climb into the clock tower of the Old Courthouse Museum.