Editorial: Bringing more sun into the evening is overdue


Doesn’t the light in the sky at 7pm feel great? How nice would it be to have Daylight Saving Time all year round and not have to change the clocks to go backward or forward.

Perhaps US Senators were thinking the same thing when they voted quickly and unanimously on Tuesday, two days after we jumped forward an hour, to implement daylight saving time year-round starting in November 2023. Of course, it would be even better if the Senate could vote unanimously to increase voting rights and offer more support for families with children. But at least sunlight seems to be something the nation can agree on.

For the record:

4:58 p.m. March 16, 2022An earlier version of this editorial said that California voters supported keeping permanent daylight saving time by voting for Proposal 7. The proposal merely advocated an end to the twice-yearly shift.

Changing the clocks twice a year is more than annoying. For some, it causes trouble sleeping and general confusion. Studies have found a link between clock drift and accidents and heart attacks. It’s hard to find someone who loves variety, which leaves the only remaining question as to whether we’ll stick with daylight savings time all year round or cut our evenings short with a permanent winter time forever.

We prefer permanent summer time, which is now observed from March to November. California voters endorsed ending the biannual daylight saving time when they passed Proposition 7 in 2018.

Perhaps there was a good reason for standard time in the past—that children went to school in the dark during the shorter winter months, particularly in the northern states. The times have changed. Largely due to parental safety concerns, the percentage of students who walked or biked to school (even among those living within a mile) fell from 89% in 1969 to 35% in 2009 , like that National Center for Safe School Routes. And fewer kids live within a mile of campus these days.

Switching to more sunshine later in the day gives kids more time to be active. And that’s something they need, so the American Heart Assn., which says most US kids aren’t getting the hour of activity they need each day. Getting them off their electronic devices is another matter; even summertime doesn’t heal everything.

Daylight saving time is also better for the economy and for consumers spend more as the additional daylight provides time for more activities outside the home.

Now that we (almost) all agree, the House of Representatives and President Biden should pass this bill. Aside from being the right thing to do, a quick, uncontroversial passage would at least make it seem like Washington could get things done.

Of course, no matter how we adjust our clocks, it will not affect the movement of the planet around the sun. The winter days will still be shorter; You just won’t feel so small when there are more daylight hours after school and work. Editorial: Bringing more sun into the evening is overdue

Caroline Bleakley

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