Monday, March 23, 2015

What Time Is It?

I see that some states are considering dropping Daylight Savings Time, or more accurately, picking a time and opting out of the twice yearly clock change. From Hot Air:
Elected officials in 10 states have proposed legislation that would opt their states out of daylight saving time including Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Michigan, Missouri, New Mexico, Oregon, Texas, Utah and Washington.
Frankly, we've been changing the clocks for the better part of my lifetime, and for the entire lifetimes of my children.   I've heard the arguments for and against, and I have to admit that the arguments on both sides are generally over-blown.  The real argument is that changing is simply a pain in the butt, but it is one that we've grown accustomed to.  It's also a practice that generally pisses people off twice a year, for a day or so, then we adjust and move along.

The argument of a "standard time for states is also overblown.  Several states have parts of their acreage in two time zones.
And the fact that we have multiple time zones in the country already provides for more than enough confusion. Florida, Indiana, Michigan, Kentucky, and Tennessee are all broken up into sections which are in the eastern and central time zones. You can literally travel from one place to another without crossing a state line and have the clock change on you. But, again, we somehow manage to get business done without the world ending. People on the east coast know they have to wait a few hours in the morning before they can call a business in California and find anyone in the office. It’s a big country and we adjust to things like this.
Indeed, I used to live in Kentucky, which is in both the eastern and central time zones.  It was a simple mental shift when you crossed that time zone line, not a huge problem, just something to be aware of.

I'm all for picking a time and sticking with it, summer or winter, rain or shine.  We're a nation of time zones, and if I don't have to change my clock twice a year, that's a good thing.  Let the states decide.

1 comment:

Old NFO said...

Agreed. Pick one and leave it alone...