Just Say No to Daylight Saving Time

From now until the fall, I will be an hour late until the fall because of daylight saving time.


Hello, police, I want to report something missing...I had an hour taken away from my life while I was sleeping and I'm not happy about it."

I'm not a huge friend of daylight saving time.

In fact, I hate it.

I know it was started to help farmers with their crops. I lover farmers, grew up on a farm and still consider myself a farm boy at heart.

When this whole idea of taking an hour out of my life started,, tractors didn't have lights on them and there were a whole lot more farmers in the country.

Now, it's just an excuse to mess with me and my precious time.

And I'm pretty ticked off about it.

Instead of talking about foreign policy or the economy, the presidential candidates ought be getting down to the real important issue facing the country...who stole the hour we lost and how do we stop this outdated madness?

Even more I went to bed last night, I knew I was going to wake up all messed up today...well more so than usual.

I'm a creature of habit. I get up at 6:30 a.m., every day, no matter when I went to bed, but today, it was 7:30 a.m.

That's an hour after I've had my first feeding of the day.

Besides, my life is an endless battle with technology, and messing around with my time doesn't help it. My car clock is always behind or ahead an hour. That means in the fall, I'm always an hour early for appointments, which isn't necessarily, a bad thing. I'm known as "Early Mike."

As of today, though, I'm back to being "Late Mike," the guy who everyone is mad at for being late all the time.

Frankly, I've given up trying to set the timer on anything besides the clock. My answering machine always records an hour early or an hour late. Calls at noon are really 1 p.m.

That's not a huge deal in my world.

But what is important is how much this losing an hour messes with my brain, as I never get totally used to it.

It's like the old joke by deadpan comedian Steven Wright, a Burlington native.

"My parents came from Europe and they never got used to the time change."

Mr. and Mrs. Wright, like a former president said, "I feel your pain."

Now if we can only get the gentlemen running for the White House to make this a focus of the campaign.

"Give me my hour back."

It's not like "Give me liberty or give me death," but it will do for now.

After all, what do you expect from a guy who just lost an hour off of his life while he was sleeping?"

parkst March 12, 2012 at 12:23 PM
seriously, daylight savings is idiotic and there's really no reason not to abolish it
John Gilbert March 12, 2012 at 12:56 PM
I have never agreed with the reasons for DST. If you want to work the fields when the sun is up, go ahead and do it. You don't need to adjust the clock; just change the time of day you wake up in the morning. Furthermore, making small adjustments throughout the year would be much easier to handle than the jarring 1-hour slap in the face twice a year. Just my 2-cents.
paul March 12, 2012 at 01:05 PM
My locomotive uses less coal when it's dark.
deb of see-attleboro March 12, 2012 at 01:11 PM
Anyone who embraces the curse of daylight savings time was clearly never blessed with children. I am sure the idea of abolishing the practice has been studied. The likely conclusion was that there is some sort of economic benefit due to the illusion of more daylight. Smply put....economic stimulus. Maybe some poor working stiff will spend his "extra hour of daylight" at the local car dealership. He'll drive off the lot with a brand, spanking new car he can't afford. He won't realize he couldn't afford it until he has to make his first loan payment, pay his first installment on his insurance premium or he gets the excise tax bill from his town. Or maybe it will dawn on him while he's pumping $4.00 per gallon gas into an old gallopy after the new car is repossessed. Just a thought.
mark March 12, 2012 at 02:29 PM
I'm shocked to hear that people don't like it and have a hard time adjusting to it. I literally look forward to 'springing ahead' each year. It's a sign that spring is coming. I can get some yardwork in after work. Or accomplish some other tasks or get back into outdoor hobbies. I find it all too depressing to get out of work in the dark. Not to mention I have no issue adjusting what-so-ever. Clocks are set ahead before getting into bed the night before. IF we were to ever abolish DST, I'd fight tooth and nail to be GMT-4.
deb of see-attleboro March 12, 2012 at 03:52 PM
It depends on your perspective. I am a morning person who works nights. If I want to spend my 6am hour out of doors, thanks to big gov, I now need a flashlight. IMO DST sucks.
Johnny March 12, 2012 at 05:43 PM
Hey Deb: DST is great! Who doesn't love extra time after work? Why don't you move to Arizona (they do not have DST).
Johnny March 12, 2012 at 05:48 PM
Mike, Instead of talking about foreign policy or the economy, the presidential candidates ought be getting down to the real important issue facing the country...who stole the hour we lost and how do we stop this outdated madness?" You're kidding, right? You want the president to be more concerned with the time change than $4/ gallon gas or the 8.7% (but really 14%) unemployment rate or inflation or Iran having nuclear weapons?
Carol Bragg March 13, 2012 at 03:11 AM
The president might as well address the daylight savings issue. At least that's something he might have the power to address. It's Jiminy Cricket thinking ("when you wish upon a star") to think that the president can control gasoline prices or the unemployment rate or inflation or Iran having nuclear weapons. It's wishful and simplistic thinking to believe that the president has the power to control these things. The way to control how much you spend on gas is to control how much driving you do. Set an upper limit on how much you'll spend each week and don't exceed it. You'll feel in control, be happier, and lower your blood pressure and the price of gas (supply and demand). Consumers can help reduce the unemployment rate through the choices they make. We are part of the problem. We choose self-serve gas stations, ATMs, self-serve check-out lines, shoddily-made rather than American-made products, all contributing to unemployment. Is convenience more important than someone having a job? Why would we trade American jobs for cheap goods? We're as helpless as we think we are. We have the power to start thinking creatively and turning things around, but we don't use it.
Johnny March 13, 2012 at 01:24 PM
Hello? WE control gas prices? Let me get this straight...."The way to control how much you spend on gas is to control how much driving you do." Can you please tell my boss this? Maybe you can explain to him that I have to start limiting and "controlling" how much driving I do back and forth to work 5 DAYS A WEEK! I do the same amount of driving I did a year ago and it is costing me 25% more per month for my gas. I heat my house at 67 degrees and have multiple zones controlling the temperature in my house yet the oil is costing me 336% more than it did 9 years ag0 ($1.09/gallon compared to $3.55 I just paid). "Set an upper limit on how much you'll spend each week and don't exceed it." Is this for gas? Because if it is, how on God's green earth am I suppose to do this? If it costs me $55 this week to fill up my tank, I should ALWAYS cap it at $55? So if/when gas goes to $5/ gallon, I should still stop at $55? $55/$.3.679 = 14.94 gallons. At $5/ gallon I will only get 11 gallons. Please explain to me how I can get the extra 4.94 gallons of gas I need to drive back and forth to work? Am I suppose to make it myself? Yes, the president and his administration can't control the price of gas, but they can do something about it. We choose self service gas stations because 99.9% of gas stations are SELF serve. We use gas in our cars because that's our only option...and yes the president can do something about Iran and it's nuclear program. Seriously?
Johnny March 13, 2012 at 01:29 PM
Oh, and Supply and Demand, huh? How did that work out for us this year? America is using less oil to heat their houses this winter (because of the warm weather); we are using less gas (because of more efficient cars), yet the price went up. Why? Because BIG OIL decided to sell our surplus gas and oil to China and other countries for record profit; therefore lowering our supply; therefore raising our prices. Obama said "use less oil and the price will come down" but in the same breath he said "America is using less oil today then it was 10 years ago." Mr. Obaba, then please, in your own words, explain to me why the price skyrocketed? We are doing everything you ask of us. And don't even say "unrest in the Middle East" because I've been hearing that for 30 years. Please explain to me in your own words why our price of gas/oil is skyrocketing if you don't agree with me.
deb of see-attleboro March 13, 2012 at 01:56 PM
Hey Johnny, Why not just ask for a raise? Or maybe move to Arizona? Warmer climate, lower gas tax...
Johnny March 13, 2012 at 02:00 PM
First of all Deb, I got a raise and a bonus this year, but only to be sucked up by higher oil prices and inflation. Second, why move to Arizona when I like it here and LOVE LOVE LOVE DST? Your statement doesn't make sense for me, but mine to you about Arizona makes perfect sense.
Johnny March 13, 2012 at 02:03 PM
PS...do your research next time before posting. Gas in Arizona is currently at $3.83/ gallon. Mass: $3.67.
John Gilbert March 18, 2012 at 12:48 PM
Mar, I know what you mean about this being a sign of spring. However, even though it seems like DST is responsible for days getting longer, it is really just an illusion. Spring happens every year, even in places that don't observe DST. I would be on board for the GMT-4 idea if it meant no DST.
John Gilbert March 18, 2012 at 12:51 PM
First off, I don't think this article was seriously suggesting that our country's leaders focus on abolishing DST instead of focusing on more important issues. The article is only half-serious (as intended). I don't think the government has (or should have) any control over the unemployment rate. I do agree that inflation is a huge problem that they can do something about. That is probably the main reason why everything (not just oil/gas) has gone way up in price over the past decade or so. Our money is meaningless with nothing backing it -- it is only worth what people think it is worth. Other than inflation, prices are dictated by supply and demand. This is a capitalist economy. Companies will sell their products and services for the highest prices customers will pay. When people are unwilling to pay high prices, then those prices will come down. The trouble we see is when government subsidies and tax breaks undermine the capitalist model. Let's not even get into bailouts. Capitalism does not work without risk of failure. Lastly.. When you and everyone else in America gets a raise this year, where does that extra money come from? (Let's be honest here... most raises seem to be given for tenure, not performance.) It gets passed on to the consumer. It is a vicious cycle. So salaries are increased, prices are increased, and nobody feels richer. But this has little to do with DST.


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