Spring ahead, fall back. How about neither?

I concur.
I concur.
I concur.

National Geographic has published an article with experts questioning the validity of DST. I’ve ordered the book mentioned in the article. There seems to be a bit of a backlash building against the concept. The Atlantic resorts to over-the top-hyperbole, but points are valid.

I’ve lived in several states that observed DST. Indiana started in 2006. I didn’t mind DST in my youth, but now it’s a pain. Changing clocks, etc. Worse, there is general consensus that it doesn’t save energy and it messes with our health. Wikipedia has a good overview of these points. 


I doubt the national will ever do away with DST. The Federal Government leaves it up to the states to determine if they will follow the standard. Some states still don’t. That’s where I will be retiring. If DST is not going to be abolished, it might be a good idea to move the time change up on Saturday morning so we have the entire weekend to adjust. This would make the “spring ahead” a little easier.

Pet peeve: It is Daylight Saving Time, not Daylight Savings Time.  In summer, most of the state is in Eastern Daylight Time (EDT), not Eastern Standard Time (EST).

Also, note to Congress: Quit messing with the standard.


By Scott Davis

Former newspaper journalist, now government webmaster. Life-long geek.