THE ISSUE: Congress looks to permanently switch to daylight savings time.

OUR OPINION: Permanent daylight savings time is best move.


Currently, most states change their clocks twice a year, Florida being one of them.

Last year, Florida lawmakers voted to make daylight savings time (DST) permanent. However, the change needed federal approval. To that end, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio reintroduced a bill to Congress that would move the U.S. to permanent DST in March 2020. Initial returns, show the bill has bipartisan support.

We approve of the change and urge Congress to follow through on the move.

Switching back and forth twice a year is an unnecessary inconvenience for Americans and some studies show it has detrimental affects on people.

During the fall back change in November, we suddenly lose an hour of evening daylight, which has three adverse affects.

First, less day and afternoon light can contribute to depression.

Second, the change disrupts our circadian rhythm and causes us to be more tired, less productive and more prone to illness.

Finally, the sudden change leads to more accidents as people are more tired and those who were leaving work in the daylight are now driving through rush-hour traffic in the dark.

There are some additional perks to permanently DST.

With more daylight, people will be spending more time participating in daytime activities. Additionally, a Brookings Institute study argued that robberies fell by 7% with the additional daylight, as thieves tend to do their work at night.

In fairness, parent-teacher associations may be opposed to the change because as the days get shorter during fall and winter, children are going to school in darkness. We recognize that danger, but also realize that if DST is year-round, schedules can be changed to prevent that, especially for younger students.

We would like to see the constant changing of clocks end and a permanent switch to daylight savings time this coming March 2020.

(6) comments

DandyCandy535

Yes, no argument, we should make the change as advocated in this Opinion piece. Now, let's wait for the fruitcakes to explain their usual opposition to anything which sounds like plain, simple common sense.

crizor

Great, Name calling right out of the box if someone doesn't agree with you. You must be a Liberal because that is how they get their point across. If the time is going to be unchanged, then it should be left a Standard time so that it is not detramental to peoples health. People today sit around playing with their electronic devises more than venturing outside anyway. Most can't een walk, drive, eat, or go to the toilet wihout holding onto it. You don't come across as someone with the common sense you speak of.

CitrusCo Citizen

How dare you, crizor. For the past three years Republicans have called Democrats, snowflakes, elites, hysterical, deranged, etc. following the lead of Trump, Carlson, Alex Jones, Ingraham, O'Reilly, etc. etc. etc. I've never seen such schoolyard bullying in the form of name-calling by one political party in my life! Even middle schoolers are more polite! Republicans have brought political debate to a new low, thanks to Trump and Fox.

Ssabmud

We will all keep our fingers crossed that Mitch can see fit to do anything. If so, let's hope this is it.

rmcconnell

Really, you have to throw politics into this? Are you unable to comment on a subject without a political undertone? I would vote to leave the time one way or the other, pick one.

CitrusCo Citizen

Agree. We should follow the lead of the Navajo Nation in the Southwest--they do not and have never complied with daylight savings time.

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