Talk It Out: Should we stay in Daylight Saving Time year-round?

by Garry Watts March 9, 2018, 1:51
Talk It Out: Should we stay in Daylight Saving Time year-round?

Manitobans will be putting their clocks ahead one hour this weekend with daylight saving time set to begin in the province.

One year following Willett's advocating and lobbying for daylight saving time, Sir Robert Pearce introduced a bill in the House of Commons to make it mandatory to adjust the clocks. Maine's case for bucking the biannual clock-changing is that the sun sets there before 4 p.m. between Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Florida state lawmakers on Tuesday sent a bill to the governor that would keep the state in perpetual daylight saving time, but Congress would have to amend federal law before it could take effect. Because of its relative proximity to the equator, daylight savings time offers no essential advantage to the state, which is on Hawaii-Aleutian time.

Daylight Savings Time 2017 begins before Easter (or Resurrection Sunday) when days become longer and longer heading closer to the Spring Equinox.

Supporters noted that some studies suggest that daylight saving time changes can lead to an increase in heart attacks and auto accidents.

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For many people, daylight saving time is less about “springing forward” and more about falling behind on their sleep schedule.

Senate Greg Steube, a sponsor of the bill, said he overhead his constituents complaining about DST. It was actually a man named William Willett who led a campaign to move clocks forward by 80 minutes between April and October so people could "enjoy the plentiful sunlight". They stay on standard time throughout the year.

In other words, there are two distinct camps in the debate over Daylight Saving Time.

"I've heard from mayors across the state that it's going to save them money because they don't have to light their softball fields at night", he said. By advocating for daylight saving time, he did not practice what he preached of "early to bed, early to rise". American territories like Guam, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and American Samoa don't engage in DST either.

The United States started its own program in March, 1918, but it only lasted until the end of the war in November the same year.

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