A recent Project: Reader Reaction question asked about daylight-saving time. Some responses:
“I’ve read numerous articles about the history and origination of daylight-saving time, and at one time or another there may have been a usefulness. But I believe it’s outlived itself. It’s become nothing more than a nuisance. It’s time to put an end to spring forward and fall back.”
— Michael Williams, Clovis
“I am tired of changing clocks back and forth. It usually takes a couple of weeks to adjust to the new time and older people have a more difficult time adjusting to the new time change. Please, can’t we vote to keep to a single time?
“DST has been blamed for increased school bus accidents the Monday following the time change and it is thought that it is because the drivers had an hour less sleep. The school children are also getting one hour less sleep and they don’t get enough sleep as it is.”
— Ardyth Elms, Clovis
“I love it! I know the day isn’t any longer, but it is so much easier to have a little daylight left at the end of the day, to enjoy the outdoors, or get errands done. However, it always makes me think of the story of the (man) who cut off one end of his blanket and sewed it on the other end to make it longer. I guess it is all in our perspective.”
— Kay Arvizu, Clovis
“Daylight-saving time is an anachronism. It served its purpose in the 19th and early to mid-20th centuries for the capitalists to get more work out of the proletariat masses.
Now that they work us when they want to, there’s no need for it anymore. Arizona doesn’t observe daylight-saving time. When I lived there I noticed no difference in staying on standard time while the rest of the country went to DST.”
— Brent McBee, Clovis
“I think it should stay the same all year. It really doesn’t matter but if I had to choose I would say let’s go to daylight-saving time because I really enjoy the late summer evenings.”
— Steve Gershon, Clovis
“When I was a boy, DST meant more useful daylight for the farmers. In fact, I thought then that the whole thing was the farmer’s idea. After all, aren’t they the only ones who get up before it’s light outside and usually work until after dark? My Dad sure didn’t, but then I was from the city.
“But now that I’m older (than dirt), I know the idea originated with Ben Franklin in the late 1700s. … A lot of people complain for one reason or another (sleep problems, too many clocks to change, etc.) while others welcome it. I’m one who welcomes the extra evening daylight because I’m usually outside a lot in the summer.
“On another note, it’s proven that DST actually saves the U.S. energy to the tune of about 1 percent per day, on average, while we are on it. That has to be good in these times.”
— Bob Baker, Clovis
“Daylight-saving time has outlived its usefulness. I guess that can be said about a lot of us/things.”
— Auggie Jones, Clovis
“I love daylight-saving time. I only wish it would remain permanently. I am an early riser and do not have to spend so much time alone. The paper does not have enough print to keep me busy the extra hour.”
— Mac McDonald, Clovis
“I don’t know what to think of it, really. My sleep pattern and schedule takes about a week to adjust and I forget about it until it rolls around again. I like the extra daylight later in the evening for summer.”
— Tanya Hughes, Clovis
“Actually there is no real need for daylight-saving time at all. Farmers don’t need it because they will always work from sunup, probably before that, until sundown and usually after that. They certainly don’t need daylight-saving time to tell them that. As far as we are concerned, we don’t need it either; we still have a schedule to keep regardless of daylight-saving time.
If the sun is up when we wake up, good. If not, we still get up and do our thing. Daylight-saving time is not needed. It doesn’t change a thing.”
— Gerald Majewski, Clovis
“I love it. I know some of the farmers think it makes the cows give less milk, but I think that is more than offset by the extra time to play outdoor sports, get yard work done, keep the dermatologists in business, etc. Having sunlight in the morning when you are at work and not awake anyway is a total waste.”
— Wendel Sloan, Portales
“I am not sure we need it anymore. … Why not settle on a standard and stick with it? Is it better to have more daylight at the evening, or in the morning? That’s the question. Maybe readers can respond to that — extra daylight in the evening, or in the morning?”
— Dan Toledo, Clovis