Friday, July 29, 2005

Day Light Saving time to extended

When I read this article I had to take a double take. House of Representatives passes energy bill which includes extending daylight saving time.

I always thought Daylight Saving was more of a celestial thing rather than a measure approved on the federal level. You learn something new everyday.

Knowing that I have been wrong all these years, I decided to research the origin of DST. It was actually the brainchild of Philadelphia's own Benjamin Franklin. It has been put into practice here in the US (well, most of the US) and in most European countries since WWI. The point of DST is to save energy. You use the sunlight instead of wasting valuable resources to create artificial light. O.K., I buy that.

And it is Daylight Saving Time, not Savings, which a lot of people use.

This is not the first change to Daylight Saving Time in recent years. Almost two decades ago, President Reagan signed a bill that extended DST. It used to start the last Sunday in April. The bill changed it to the first Sunday in April. The bill kept the ending of the last Sunday in October in effect.

The newest measure will have daylight savings start the second Sunday in March and end the first Sunday in November. The article mentioned how this would be beneficial for safety for our children during Halloween.

In reference to the Halloween benefit, Sen. Edward Markey, D-Mass, was quoted as saying "Kids across the nation will soon rejoice." He was also quoted in saying "the beauty of daylight saving time is that it just makes everyone feel sunnier." Goober.

I like how the article stated the nation's farmers don't like the proposed plan. They [farmer's] claim it will adversly affect livestock. Yet something else I have learned later in life - cattle can tell time.

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