The hour is at hand

Not that I expected much from it, but the petition section at whitehouse dot gov is actually one of the more worthwhile achievements of the Obama administration, inasmuch as (1) it costs comparatively little to run and (2) if your intelligence should be insulted by what you see, it’s probably not the government’s fault.

And once in a while there’s something I can support:

Daylight Savings Time is an archaic practice in our modern society.
The original reasons for the policies are no longer applicable, and the most cited reason for keeping DST (energy savings) has never been shown to be true… We should either eliminate DST or make it the year-round standard time for the whole country.

Apart from the gratuitous S at the end of “Saving,” there isn’t much here for me to complain about.



  1. McGehee »

    8 March 2013 · 7:54 am

    Right about now I’m leaning toward “year-round.”

  2. Francis W. Porretto »

    8 March 2013 · 11:26 am

    I thought the original rationale for DST was to conserve more daylight for outdoor (e.g., farm) labor during the summer?

  3. CGHill »

    8 March 2013 · 1:12 pm

    The fellow who thought it up thought it would make his job as an entomologist easier. The Germans implemented it in World War I to save coal; friends and enemies followed suit.

  4. fillyjonk »

    8 March 2013 · 1:41 pm

    Dammit, yes, anything that stops stealing that hour of sleep every spring. (Yes, it’s “given back” in the fall, but still).

    Also, I just got used to driving to work in the light, now I have to go back to driving in in the dark. (That’s my main argument against year-round DST: those of us early bird workers wind up driving in in the dark too much of the year.)

  5. Simply Jews »

    9 March 2013 · 11:45 am

    Daylight Headache Time…

    What he says. And amen to that….

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