2018-03-14 / Editorials

Daylight Wasting Time

None of us enjoys the twice-annual tradition of changing their clocks that disrupts their daily routine, appointments and worst of all, their sleep cycle. In fact, for many people, Daylight Saving represents weeks of getting their biorhythm back in sync with their schedule. Many say we should do away with Daylight Saving altogether. But we have the opposite idea: instead of ending Daylight Saving, let’s stay on it. We’d certainly appreciate that extra hour of daylight it brings, giving us a life after work, in which we feel more motivated to do things, and not like the day is shot. We see Florida has just beaten us to it, in fact. We hope this sets in motion a cascade of rebellion for the betterment of civilization as we know it. We’ve been doing it for 100 years, and we think that’s enough. It’s a nice round number, let’s make this the last year we do it! If people want to change their own schedules they are free to do so.

We see the move as improving the lives of millions, who can use that extra bit of sunshine to counteract our seasonal affective disorder (SAD). SAD seems to be so universal it might not even be a disorder, but just the natural urge to hibernate. It is a fact those of us living at this latitude are severely lacking vitamin D we’d get from the sun. But as we are not doctors, we’ll stick to our experience. At the least, we’d no longer have to leave work in the dark those few miserable months, which adds insult to the injury of all the other things we don’t like about winter. Just think, instead of sitting around at home vegging out in front of the TV or social media all winter, we could be hiking around on the milder days, checking out the latest developments in our neighborhoods, exploring new neighborhoods, or just being more active, getting around to those projects we perpetually relegate to the back burners. Who couldn’t use that extra hour a day?

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