Of Saving Time

Since I was a teen, I’ve objected to shifting time around, saving it, falling back, springing forward or whatever. My senior year in high school, I boycotted DST and kept my watch and bedroom clock on standard time. I realized that my time commitments had been shifted one hour, but that was a federal imposition on my school, job, and other appointments. I gave it up in June, finally.

I think there’s no reason to shift clocks ahead. Don’t get me wrong: I did enjoy an extra hour of sleep this morning. I woke pretty refreshed. But if we’re not doing that every two weeks when my sleep schedule gets out of whack, why bother?

On the notion that businesses are helped by longer daylight hours after work lets out, I’m a skeptic. Why not just give workers flexible schedules and let them work whenever they want when that is possible? Certainly menial workers for those DST businesses aren’t moonlighting to buy stuff with that extra period before sunset. Makes no sense at all to me.

Let’s save ourselves the bother of shifting clocks back and forward. And this idea of permanent DST? Pfft!

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Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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4 Responses to Of Saving Time

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  2. Liam says:

    I definitely want to stay on Standard Time all year round here in New England: just Atlantic Standard Time. Very popular idea in the eastern half of New England, and likely anywhere in the eastern third of any time zone that observes time shifts. Which means the real issue is where the meridians are chosen.

  3. Mary says:

    I love the extra hours of light after work in the summer, not for retail but for leisure and community activity.

    Flex time for everyone sounds lovely, but is totally impractical for hospital-based health professionals, cops, prison guards, supermarket workers, bank staff – lots of essential industry people

    • Todd says:

      Sure, but what if a working shift could be managed to 7 to 3 instead of the expected 9 to 5? What makes 9am so sacred? School, perhaps, yes. But I think many bosses just lack creativity where it can be applied.

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