Why the tyranny of clock changing twice a year needs to end

Leroy Wright
March 12, 2019

So this Sunday, March 10, 2019, USA clocks will be set ahead one hour at 2:00 a.m. local standard time, which becomes 3:00 a.m. local daylight time. Clocks will spring one hour ahead.

For most of Mexico, daylight saving time doesn't begin until the first Sunday of April, and won't end until the last Sunday of October.

While many have their own thoughts as to why we change the clocks twice a year, the truth is as simple as trying to make the most out of the sunlight hours.

Chu said he became interested in the time change issue when he heard about health risks associated with moving the clocks forward and back.

According to the fire department, smoke alarms are created to last up to 10 years, but battery life spans are far shorter, and whenever daylight saving or standard time arrives, officials recommend replacing batteries as a precaution. Just remember not to freak out in the morning when you see the time on your coffee pot while you'e groggily waking up, okay?

Tonight's the night we spring ahead. That's just being prudent, so you don't wake up and go "oh s-t, it's 9 a.m.!"

The poll suggested 35 per cent of British Columbians believe the time shift has a negative effect, with many saying it impacts their sleep. But back in 1916, Germany first implemented Daylight Saving Time during World War I when coal was in short supply.

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Why do we observe Daylight Saving Time?

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Senator Lucido says because daylight saving time exists for 8 months of the year it should be the standard.

On Saturday, House lawmakers in the Washington legislature passed a measure to keep Daylight Savings Time year-round.

Other states like New Mexico, Maine, Massachusetts and Florida, are considering proposals to stay on daylight saving time permanently.

While federal law allows states to opt into standard time permanently - which Hawaii and Arizona have done - the reverse is prohibited and requires Congressional action.

In 1966, Congress enacted the Uniform Time Act which standardized Daylight saving time, although states had the option of remaining on standard time all year. Rick Scott signed - a bill in 2018 agreeing to let the sun shine an extra hour longer year-round, U.S. Sens.

Senate Bill 320 wants to keep OR on Daylight Saving Time year round while Senate Bill 464 wants to get rid of Daylight Saving Time all together. "I think mainly for farmers it's the length of the day and the daylight".

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