DST Debacle

By Zach Harmon Talon Staff Co-Editor

Daylight savings time is a fascinating idea, and I almost wrote this story six months ago, however six months have gone by and we find ourselves springing forward one hour this Sunday, March 9th.

But why would we bother changing our clocks biannually? The idea was originally proposed by the New Zealander, George Hudson who supposedly wanted more time after work to capture insects for his collection in the 1890s, however New Zealand simply laughed at him and said no.

The overarching idea between all the motives would be that we get more daylight during the summer, saving electricity that people would be using to light their homes. Unfortunately wiggling the stim on your watch will not alter the rotation of the earth in any measurable way, and will in fact, not create more daylight.  It just simply makes for a wonderful illusion that you wake up earlier, providing more light. In fact, over time studies have shown that the average household saves a whopping $4 year thanks to Daylight Savings Time.

Is it really worth it every six months? Apparently not for Arizona and Hawaii, the only two states of the Union that ignore the Daylight Savings time. But inside Arizona, there is the Navajo Nation which abides by Daylight Savings Time. Then, inside the Navajo Nation is the Hopi Reservation, which ignores Daylight Savings time. But,then inside the Hopi Reservation, is a piece of the Navajo nation, which again, abides by Daylight Savings Time. And then outside the Hopi Reservation, there is a little piece of Hopi in the Navajo Nation that ignored Daylight Savings time. Therefore, a 100 mile drive would require 7 clock changes during the summer.

Even without a road trip through Arizona, think about how Daylight Savings time would affect international business meetings. Imagine being on a three way call between England, San Francisco and Sydney. San Francisco is 8 hours behind London, and 19 hours ahead of Sydney. Until March 9th, when San Francisco becomes 7 hours behind London and 18 hours behind Sydney, only until March 30th, when London goes on DST, putting us back at 8 hours difference from London, but still 18 hours behind Sydney. Then on April 6th, Sydney being in the Southern Hemisphere, is coming off of DST, putting them at 17 hours ahead of San Francisco. That’s enough to make your head spin, isn’t it?

Wouldn’t it be awesome if there was a system where there were not time zones, no daylight savings time? There already is, but it’s a little known system called Greenwich mean time, or less formally know as “Zulu.” It’s used mostly by the Military, and the National Weather Service. The way it works is simple, just set your clock to London’s time and go about your day. The only difference would be the 24 hour clock, and organizing when to come to work would a challenge at first. On this time schedule, we would come to school at 00:00 (Midnight, London time), and leave at 06:50, and go to sleep around 14:00, and wake up around 22:00 The different regions would change accordingly.

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 suggest another wonderful substitute for the current Daylight Savings system

For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:
a time to be born, and a time to die;
a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;
a time to kill, and a time to heal;
a time to break down, and a time to build up;
a time to weep, and a time to laugh;
a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together;
a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
a time to seek, and a time to lose;
a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
a time to tear, and a time to sew;
a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
a time to love, and a time to hate;
a time for war, and a time for peace. Remember to charge you cloxks one hour forward on March 9!

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