Thanks to our Lorain lobbyist for this article giving a response to Senator Marco Rubio’s proposed legislation to keep daylight savings time year round.
(LFC Comment: We wish Senator Rubio and his cohorts would be concerned as much with protecting the citizens of the United States as they are “protecting sunshine”. BUILD THE WALL ON OUR SOUTHERN BORDER!! We see the deception being played on us.)
IN RE: Sunshine Protection Act
Dear Mr. Rubio:
I agree with your points about the difficulty of switching back and forth between Daylight Savings Time and Standard Time, but I think it would be wiser to use Standard Time (ST) year round instead of Daylight Savings Time (DST) , for the following reasons:
1) A substantial number of people, if not the majority, are early risers. They would rather have more light in the morning, when their energy is highest, rather than at the end of the day when their energy is lowest.
2) Using ST year round would standardize time for all the municipalities located in their respective time zones, making it easier to schedule teleconferences resulting in a more robust Gross National Product. This would apply to states in the Mountain Time Zone where Arizona does not use DST so that construction workers can take advantage of cooler weather in the morning.
3) Falling asleep is more difficult when daylight is abnormally long in the evening; well rested adults are more productive which also increases the GNP. School children would also fall asleep faster – their bedtimes often occur during daylight hours in May and June if using DST.
4) The coldest part of the day is usually just before dawn. In the winter, children waiting for a bus at 7 am would in reality be waiting for the bus at 6 am if using DST year round. This means they would have to wait for the school bus during a colder time of the day. Plus, the children and morning commuters would be involved in more motor vehicle accidents because of the darker mornings.
5) DST makes the understanding of time by children harder to grasp, thereby hindering their learning of reality. During DST, high noon (when the sun is highest) would be at 1 pm rather than noon. Likewise, 12 midnight would not be in the middle of the night.
6) You are correct in saying that there is less crime during daylight hours, but the best way to reduce crime is to have more jobs via lower taxes and a balanced budget, rather than simply legislating time on clocks.
7) Setting opening and closing times of outdoor attractions is more difficult when using DST. For example, in March and September there are about 12 hours of daylight, so a national or state park would be open from 6 am to 6 pm, but with DST the hours would be 7 am to 7 pm which is harder to remember since there would be 5 hours of daylight before noon and 7 hours of daylight after noon. Skin cancer might also decrease with ST; it’s easier to remember to avoid sunlight between 10 am and 2 pm rather than between 11 am and 3 pm.
8) DST complicates the work of astronomers. The Earth is divided into 24 time zones based on 15 degrees of longitude per time zone. Astronomers designate the time of astronomical events using Universal Time, which is the time in Greenwich, England. Astronomers in other parts of the world then adjust this time to the time zone where they live. For example, if there is an eclipse of the moon at 11 pm Universal Time, those in New York would look for the eclipse at 6 pm, With DST, New York astronomers have to remember to subtract only 4 hours from Universal Time, even though New York is 5 time zones behind England. DST also complicates air travel arrival and departure times in the same manner.
Speaking of time, thank you for taking the time to read this. I know your time is valuable.
Richard Scheithauer, D.C.