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Daylight Savings – Stop the Madness

Daylight Savings is stupid.  It’s allegedly around because a guy by the name of William Willett wanted to ride his horse in the morning and play golf at night (read details here).  Here’s an idea, William Willett, wake up with the sun regardless of what time it is and ride your horse.  Fine.  If you want to play golf around sunset, start your game accordingly.

Below are some words of support for Daylight Savings, and my responses to each.  Now let’s take these one by one.

1)    Adding daylight to afternoons generally benefits retailing, sports, and other activities that exploit sunlight after working hours.

D1)   Don’t retailers want to make money year round?  Why choose half of the year to keep the sun out longer?  Don’t athletes want to be active all year, or do they just have enough energy for half of the year?

2)    It can cause problems for farmers and others whose hours depend on the sun.

D2)   What?  Farmers should just wake up whenever they have to – who cares what time it is.  Some people have to be at work at 10:00am, some at 7:00am, etc.  None of us change other people’s universe to appease when we need to be at work, farmers should be no different.

3)    Extra afternoon daylight appears to cut traffic fatalities. 

3D)   Let me get this straight, we only want to protect people from fatalities half the year?  What… is winter our “survival of the fittest” season?

4)    An early goal was to reduce evening usage of incandescent lighting, formerly a primary use of electricity.

4D)   Again, why do we want to save electricity only half the year?

Here’s what I suggest we do. Survey America and find out when most people get up for work. Say we discover that most Americans get up at 6:30am.  Let’s set sunrise at approximately 6:30 so as to not waste daylight.  Let’s do this year round!  Where am I going wrong here?