After reading today’s (Nov. 15) editorial in favor of year-round Daylight Saving Time, I was reminded of something I saw on Facebook just last week. An old Indian, when given the rationale for Daylight Saving Time, shook his head sadly and said, “Only the government would think that cutting off a foot of the top of a blanket and sewing it onto the bottom would make the blanket longer.”
This states the case exactly. I have never seen a rational justification for Daylight Saving Time. And to arbitrarily decide this for Florida’s citizens without their approval is arrogance of the highest order. No one ever says anything about the students who have to catch the bus, or walk, or drive in the dark to start classes at 7:15 or 7:30 in the morning before we go back to real time.
I never thought I would be thankful for this do-nothing Congress, but hopefully, this bill — and those of the other states who are pushing for year-round Daylight Saving Time — is buried at the bottom of a foot-high stack of other legislation on Mitch McConnell’s desk, and stays there.
If you don’t want to change the clocks twice a year, fine. But leave time itself alone and simply eliminate Daylight Saving Time altogether.