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March 11, 2007 - Quit messing with the clock!

I am writing these words Sunday, March 11th right after I re-set the clocks in my house that are not set daily by a signal from the atomic clock in Colorado. It reminded me that it is two or three years since I have talked about my ongoing campaign to rid all of us of this twice-a- year chore.

I really don’t care if we are on standard time or daylight-saving time, I just wish the nation would decide and then stay on the one time the year round. I can’t imagine what it costs companies with bell tower clocks and other large timepieces to reset those clocks twice a year, plus the time and inconvenience for you and me to do the same. I’m sure pastors and priests would be delighted to not be faced with late arrivals on the Sunday of “spring forward”; I lost count of the number of people who walked into our 8:00 A.M. service at 8:55 today with a puzzled look on their face and then the embarrassing realization they failed to move the clock.

Then there is the time and expense for airlines and railroads to re-arrange and publish new schedules to accommodate the time change twice a year. I really don’t understand the reason for not staying on the same time for 12 months.

I think the majority of people would prefer year-round daylight saving time and the arguments against just don’t apply any more. I remember the opposition from farmers who said it would curtail their shopping hours in town in the evening because they work by the sun and the stores would be closed by the time they could get to town; the Wal-Marts and shopping centers have taken care of that problem.

Dairy farmers argued that daylight saving time would affect milk production because cows couldn’t adjust to the hour change in their milking schedule; three-a-day or four-a-day milking schedules on many farms today have disproved that idea.

Daylight saving time was imposed during World War II to save energy and proponents argue that is a good reason today. They could be right because we would use less energy for lighting and other activities with longer sunlight in the evening hours before people go to bed.

The one argument that doesn’t fly with me is that we get an extra hour of sunshine as a reporter in my local paper pointed out yesterday. Just remember this definition of daylight saving time given me by a Native American friend a long time ago. He described it as cutting a foot off the bottom of the blanket and sewing it on top to make the blanket longer; get the message? Please join my crusade to end this twice-a-year confusion.

My thoughts on Samuelson Sez.