Thursday, May 6, 2021
May 6, 2021

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Letter: Don’t adopt daylight saving


I was disappointed that The Columbian recommended we go to permanent daylight saving time (“In Our View: Congress should OK daylight saving time bill,” The Columbian March 14).

I wonder if people are looking beyond the longer summer evenings. In the winter our sunrise will be almost 9 a.m. Children will be waiting for their buses in the dark. There will be no imminent sunrise for people driving to work in the winter. Is it worth giving up your morning hours for a sunset at 5:30 vs. 4:30 p.m. in the winter?

We cannot change the length of our winter days. That is determined by the tilt of the earth and our latitude. I would like to see us move to permanent standard time rather than permanent daylight saving time. For that we do not need an act of Congress. We tried permanent daylight saving time in January 1974. It was not popular and ended the following October. Why on earth should we try it again? Please write to your representatives; ask them to reconsider this foolhardy idea.

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