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Daylight Saving Time 2014 ends on Sunday, November 2 at 2 A.M.   How did this practice of DST begin? Read more . . .

Before going to bed on Saturday, November 1, remember to "fall back" by setting your clocks back one hour. (The exceptions to DST are Arizona, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and American Samoa.)

Credit for Daylight Saving Time belongs to Benjamin Franklin, who first suggested the idea in 1784. The idea was revived in 1907, when William Willett, an Englishman, proposed a similar system in the pamphlet The Waste of Daylight.

The Germans were the first to officially adopt the light-extending system in 1915 as a fuel-saving measure during World War I. The British switched one year later, and the United States followed in 1918, when Congress passed the Standard Time Act, which established our time zones. This experiment lasted only until 1920, when the law was repealed due to opposition from dairy farmers (cows don't pay attention to clocks).

During World War II, Daylight Saving Time was imposed once again (this time year-round) to save fuel. Since then, Daylight Saving Time has been used on and off, with different start and end dates. Currently, Daylight Saving Time begins at 2:00 A.M. on the second Sunday of March and ends at 2:00 A.M. on the first Sunday in November.

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Just one more reason for the

By Steven Bauer

Just one more reason for the fat gain by our children. They barely get enough exercise now, so lets take away an hour of daylight they can play in and just watch those extra pounds roll on....... We need some more obese children, oh yah, adults too.

If daylight savings start n

By freshboigear28

If daylight savings start n march then why do everyone think it starts n november when that's actually the end date?

I like DST ...as you get more

By mizha

I like DST ...as you get more sunshine after working hours...i wish they kept it thru winter. A lot of people get mild to moderatle de pression from fewer light hours in winter. Life is not so hard to change a clock. twicw a year now.

If you want to go by sun

By Eugene Wiese

If you want to go by sun time, then eliminate time zones which do not follow the sun. That would mean that correct time would change whenever you moved to a new place other than true north or south of where you started. But you would still change time in respect to day or night which changes whenever you travel north or south. You would also have the seasons changing as you went north or south. I think I will keep the present system.

Standard or DS time, the

By gary_lankford

Standard or DS time, the system we use of 24 hours of equal length is from Babylon and nothing good ever came from Babylon...

The Jewish system divided the day by the position of the sun, hence mid-day always being when the sun is overhead and midnight halfway through the night. Sunset began the day and ended it. This is the pattern of nature, and of God, if you will...

Such a pattern, implemented today would give shortened hours during the winter, and longer hours during the summer, with daytime and nighttime hours most nearly equal at the equinoxes, but work times proportional to the days length, year round. The effect would be to have longer work days in the summer and shorter in the winter; this is cow-time...

With modern electronics, clocks could be made to accurately make the constant changes, or eliminated in favor of the sun-dial... For scientific purposes the ideal second could be retained for precision measurement, but that kind of precision doesn't really fit our life rhythms; that's why we are so screwed up, forced into cycles that are unnatural, Babylonian.

I expect that near 100% will object to the implementation of this system, but it is essentially the system we will all revert to, if ever the SHTF.

I understand and appreciate

By Kyle midkiff

I understand and appreciate all of the arguments against DST, but I like it. I can't sleep well after sun rise, and though retired now, I used to enjoy the extra daylight after work to get outside. For those people with 9to5 jobs, extra daylight after work for outside sports activities is a big deal.

Back in the 70's, Richard Nixon kept the nation, as I remember, on DST all year. The main complaint was that children were forced to wait for the morning bus in the dark, which was believed to be not as safe. We went back to ST during the winter.

NO, I don't like DST. An

By Bonnie King

NO, I don't like DST. An unnecessary inconvenience.

Since daylight saving time is

By joharejim

Since daylight saving time is roughly 7 to 8 months long, hasn't it become the new "standard" time? And why aren't the start and stop times equi-distant from the solstice? We change the clocks 6 to 7 weeks before the winter solstice but don't change them back until 10 to 11 weeks after the winter solstice. Maybe we should just split the difference by changing the clocks a half hour and be done with it.

I think it's useless. It does

By Delta

I think it's useless. It does not change the amount of daylight or dark.

I agree with most of the

By Randy Laxson

I agree with most of the comments I've read. I think we really need to stop messing with our internal clocks. It's kinda like having jet lag when traveling across time zones. It takes a few weeks to get adjusted to the new time ESP when the time springs forward. Let's just keep the time alone on Standard Time. It is easier to adjust your schedule according to the amount of sunlight than it is to change our clocks. Businesses could adjust their hours too. I have visited Arizona in the Summertime and it did seem strange how early the sun came up and how early the sun went down. But if they can do it so can we. Think we would all be better for it.

So i was curious if anyone

By sarah t r

So i was curious if anyone knew if day light savings time actually feel on the full moon' or the equinox …originally. and for convenience we changed it

What happened to stopping DST

By jeff garrett

What happened to stopping DST ...I thought there was talk of doing away with it?

I think DST is silly and

By f.d.rhea

I think DST is silly and outdated - compare with Volunteer Fire Department sirens - just annoying -- everyone needs to let go of this outdated technology and move into the computer age !

We don't do DST in South

By Sil in Corea

We don't do DST in South Korea and it seems much more civilized. Stay with natural cycles. Although, the time zones are very arbitrary!

One additional thing to

By LJJ330OH

One additional thing to remember: Change the batteries in your smoke detectors when you change your clocks.

I wish DST was shorter like

By Handy Randy

I wish DST was shorter like it was a few years ago. Mexico changed last Sunday Oct 28. I wonder what it is like to live near Arizona but have to travel there regularly for work.

I do not like DST and never

By Troutn2

I do not like DST and never have. It's just one more example of government intrusion where it is not needed. I like the analogy of the blanket by Mr. Myren above.

n/a

By VC

n/a

" It's not nice to fool

By SJ

" It's not nice to fool Mother Nature "

Do away w/DST - the cows

By H. J. Clay

Do away w/DST - the cows won't mind and the dairymen would enjoy the early daylight. Kids would be safer going to school w/daylight and megabucks would be saved in manhours resetting clocks twice a year - not only household clocks but municipal (town) clocks. Electriciity would be saved by earlier daylight in the morning hours. Bottom line DLS is outdated.

That's all you know about it.

By Just MenMyself

That's all you know about it. Cows most definately mind. You ever had a dairy or had milk cows?? I have and oh yes believe me they do mind. Very much. DLS cause health issues and stress all for a few to pretend they are not getting up early all for a big fat lie.

I could not agree with you

By VC

I could not agree with you more, DST is such a waste of time. Why can't we just leave the clocks alone?

I use the extra hour to set

By maryeagee

I use the extra hour to set the 10 clocks in my home. Then in the Spring, I try to figure out where am I going to find the TIME to re-set them, and by the time I accomplish that, it's time to re-re-set them. Results?: 10 clocks, all out of sync.

I sure like the "longer"

By Greggers

I sure like the "longer" evening in the summer. Why would I want it to get light at 4:30 am in the summer?

Extra Hour? Change your work

By KKDESIGN

Extra Hour?
Change your work times, go in an hour earlier. Imagine the howling if all employers told their employees to show up an hour earlier. As for the wedding, way to go, give the drunks an extra hour to get drunker before hitting the road.

She said an extra hour ... IN

By mizha

She said an extra hour ... IN THE EVENING.

Here in Puerto Rico, we don't

By Jose Quinones

Here in Puerto Rico, we don't observe Daylight Savings Time, but it is a real pain for me that you all do. Because I work in radio, and we receive lots of satellite programming from partners in the States, we have to adjust our clocks to suit yours twice per year. This means we have to stay up till 2 a.m. (our time) to watch while the clocks change and then monitor the rest of the night to be sure everything recorded properly. And since what is out of sight is out of mind, every year there is a scramble to find out which way your clocks are moving - and when! Many times we have messed it up and then have the wrong programs on the next day. :(

Spring Forward Fall Back

By Jackie754332

Spring Forward

Fall Back

I really dislike Daylight

By Emily

I really dislike Daylight Savings Time. My 10 year old is going to school before daylight - not to mention the children that are waiting for a school bus at the side of the road in the dark. I prefer good old Standard Time. I particularly hate to "Spring Ahead"!

I like it because the kids

By geocachelinda

I like it because the kids won't have to go to school in the dark now!

only a fool would believe

By Al Myren

only a fool would believe ,that you can cut a foot off the top of a blanket,and sew it on the bottom, and have a longer blanket!

YES! This is the BEST

By Patty Konachik

YES! This is the BEST argument against DST I have ever heard. Most of these comments are anti DST - so why do we still have it? As with so many things, the majority does NOT have the winning vote in this world!

Exactly. Silly as can be.

By Delta

Exactly. Silly as can be.

EXACTLY!!!

By Chero

EXACTLY!!!

Well duh.....all you have to

By jophillips

Well duh.....all you have to do is turn the blanket around. That will put the foot on the top down on the bottom, right?
(joke)

An extra hour! I'm attending

By Catherine Boeckmann

An extra hour! I'm attending a wedding this weekend--good thing the groom remembered that all the guests would get an extra hour--great timing for us!

I'm amazed so many folks are

By Babs Clark

I'm amazed so many folks are indifferent to more/less daylight; expected the majority would favor the most daylight they could get.

Personally, due to sensitive eyes, the longer it stays dark the better it is for me.

There is a way to make either one a standard; however this means writing to your congress 'person' and it seems that's too much trouble for most these days.

I can understand why most

By Natalie Ison

I can understand why most prefer to leave time alone...but I enjoy Daylight Saving Time because by the time my husband and I get home from work there is still time left in the day for us to accomplish things out of doors; it adds more hours to my day I feel.

I would prefer the clocks not

By Robert Woollam

I would prefer the clocks not be changed.
leave on STANDARD TIME! Which is the natural process of the sun rising and setting. If should be standard across the country. Is there a way to make it standard?

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