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When Will We Get This Time Thing Right?

Clock 2 Well, we’re doing it again! Why do we do this every year when we know how harmful it is to us? Probably for the same reason people smoke. We are once again faced with this idiotic Daylight Saving Time debacle, and just like I used to do every year on my radio show, I am speaking out against it.

Some people claim this is “anchored in history”. Let me set you straight on that. Near the time of the French Revolution, France faced a shortage of wax, and candles were the primary source of light for most of the population. Candle makers and the aristocrasy got together and decided that one way to save on wax would be to adjust clocks so there would be daylight at a later time, and the idea became popular.

When our resident crackpot, Benjamin Franklin, was ambassador to France, he saw the idea in practice and got an idea. Much of America’s economy centered on the cotton industry, so he tendered the idea that America also adopt the French policy. Since we were at the time so Friendly with the French, and the idea was popular with cotton producers, who could get extra, literally, slave-driving for their workers, the project went through.

Clock 7 Many tears later, DST once again gained favour from the military standpoint when there was fear our factories would be targeted by foreign bombing raids if the lights were turned on earlier, so DST was used to allow factory workers to have longer amounts of daylight. History buffs will recall how many factories of the time had, in fact, glass ceilings.

The last big push came during the Nixon administration, when the President was forever trying to please the “little people” and required the country to go to “year-round” DST. Fortunately, sanity regained its ground and that idea was negated. Chief Jack has lobbied to have DST voided for over 50 years, but so far only Hawai’i, most of Arizona, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Guam, and the U.S.Virgin Islands have followed his advice. There are rumours that at least seven states are considering opting out of this useless waste of time. All I can say is—you want to enjoy an extra hour of sunlight at night? Get up an hour earlier in the morning.

It has also been proven scientifically that altering the natural timing of daylight as we do is medically offensive. It affects our biological clocks, leading to accidents, higher blood pressure, loss of sleep and attention span, and increases the risk of heart attacks and strokes. Take it from me—strokes are NOT fun…….



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