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Time to turn back the clocks

Posted November 2, 2011

— Daylight Saving Time ends Sunday at 2 a.m. when most Americans will gain an hour, making the commute to work a bit brighter and the ride home a bit darker. 

The shift is standardized by the Department of Transportation. Daylight Saving Time has been used in some fashion since 1916, although the date has moved around.

This year, we fall back Nov. 6; we'll spring forward on March 11, 2012.

Fire departments suggest changing batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and turning back the clocks Saturday before bed.

By the way, many say "daylight savings time," but that is incorrect. It's daylight saving time.   

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  • HappyGirl08 Nov 4, 2011

    "By the way, many say "daylight savings time," but that is incorrect. It's daylight saving time"

    Really?? Thanks for that. Geez....

  • raleigh88888 Nov 3, 2011

    We don't gain daylight. We are simply awake for more daylight. There is a difference.

  • jonnraleigh Nov 3, 2011

    "I do not know who's idea this was, but Lawd I sure wish they would stop doing it!!!! The time we are at RIGHT NOW, is the time that we should stay at year around! There is no need in it being pitch black dark at 5pm!! I cant stand it!!!! Uggggggggggggg!!!!!!!!!!!"

    Con Amor brings luv and laughter
    This kind of attitude truly inspires laughter in me.

  • gadgetry Nov 3, 2011

    Actually, although Ben Franklin has often been credited with the daylight savings plan, the idea of time shifting the day throughout the year dates back to the Romans.

    Ben did send out a satire suggesting that the cannons to be fired at sunrise to wake everyone and to tax candles to encourage people to go to bed earlier.

    The daylight savings time we have now was actually the idea of entomologist George Hudson, who suggested the idea so it would give him more daylight hours after work to enjoy his hobby of insect collecting.

    The idea caught on first with Germany and it's allies, and then spread to Britian and it's allies during WW1 as a way to conserve coal during wartime. Later other European countries picked up the idea, followed by Russia, and finally the US adopted the idea a couple years later.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daylight_saving_time

    So although it appears we are losing daylight immediately after the change on Sunday, we actually gain daylight on the average.

  • momuv2 Nov 3, 2011

    The lament of "why do we have to turn the clocks back" is one I feel year, after year, after year. The sun setting earlier is one reason we feel anxious during the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. We really just want to go home when it gets dark.

  • raleigh88888 Nov 3, 2011

    It was Benjamin Franklin's idea. I find it incredible and disheartening that con amor thinks that we can actually change the amount of sunlight in a day.

  • BB-2cents Nov 2, 2011

    I'm with you Con Amor!

  • gadgetry Nov 2, 2011

    Con Amor, you do realize that if they did not change the clocks, the amount of light at 5pm would vary throughout the year anyway as the length of the day shortens/lengthens - right?

    The purpose of daylight savings time is to actually give you more light in the evening than if no changes were done.

  • Con Amor brings luv and laughter Nov 2, 2011

    I do not know who's idea this was, but Lawd I sure wish they would stop doing it!!!! The time we are at RIGHT NOW, is the time that we should stay at year around! There is no need in it being pitch black dark at 5pm!! I cant stand it!!!! Uggggggggggggg!!!!!!!!!!!