Daylight Savings Time

Daylight Savings Time…love it or hate it?

How do you feel about DST?  Spring forward and fall back.  Most of us kind of just accept it, but it wasn’t always so and lots of places in the world do not use DST.

Ben Franklin mentioned it in 1784.  A New Zealander, George Vernon Hudson (entymologist) proposed DST in 1895, but he was laughed at.

You can blame it on the Germans who instituted sommerzeit April 30, 1916 during World War One to save coal.  The US adopted DST in 1918.  North America and Europe still have DST.  It has mixed usage in South America, New Zealand and southern Australia.  Most of Asia and Africa do not have DST.  (Remember that when you travel!).

DST seems to benefit retail businesses, sports and other activities that happen after normal 9-5 working hours.

It causes problems for evening entertainment and occupations tied to the sun, like farming.  DST complicates timekeeping, can disrupt meetings, travel, billing, record keeping, medical devices, heavy equipment and sleep patterns.  Software can adjust computer clocks automatically, but this can be limited and error-prone.

DST has been controversial and political since the beginning.  In the mid 1980s Idaho potato farmers and their backers provided funding the DST Coalition that led to the 1987 extension of DST.  The mantra said that people ate more french fries from fast food restaurants and those fries were made from Idaho potatoes!  There you go.

The early goal was to reduce the use of electricity for lighting…but now that is up for lots of  questioning.

I am not fond of DST.  How do you feel about sommerzeit?

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Retired educator interested in living life fully. Will write about aging wisely, good reads, food, travel, dance reviews, and other items as they interest me.
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