A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

End time change? It’s hopeless

Written March 13th, 2016 by Hasso Hering


Weeks before the time change, a sunny morning on the edge of North Albany.

Weeks before the time change, a sunny morning on the edge of North Albany.

One day into another round of daylight saving time, we might as well admit it: As pointless and destructive as this ritual is in the modern age, we are not going to get rid of it because most people don’t care.

The time change in the summer is supposed to save energy, which it doesn’t. So it’s a dumb move.

At the same time it messes with the daily rhythm of life, leading to illness, accidents and even deaths. So it is not just dumb but harmful.

But efforts to end this ritual have fallen on deaf ears. State Sen. Kim Thatcher, R-Keizer, introduced a bill last year to end daylight saving time in Oregon in a few years if the voters agreed. Her bill died in committee. An Oregon initiative petition is going nowhere.

Various proposals to end daylight saving time are circulating in California and other states, and there are signature campaigns on Twitter and other social media.

But reform is unlikely. Ours is an apathetic society. So people are sleepy for the next few days. So a tiny percentage of them will come to some kind of harm. Who cares — especially now that digital devices of all kinds take care of the clock changing on their own.

And anyway, most of us like the idea of having more summertime daylight in the evening when we can use it for recreation and fun.

The smart thing would be to turn the clocks forward an hour year-round. But we’re not that smart. (hh)

5 responses to “End time change? It’s hopeless”

  1. centrist says:

    HH —
    Apparently you have a burning interest in a change to the DST shift. It’s not that our society is apathetic toward that cause, more likely just not important.
    If it’s important enough to you, there’s the initiative process. You own the solution to your problem

  2. jim banagan says:

    On the bad side we lose an hour of sleep. On the good side, we lose an hour of election coverage!

  3. Bill Kapaun says:

    I personally like it although I think they could trim off a week or 2 on each end of it.

  4. CBonville says:

    Like you, I want DST year-round. I don’t see the necessity of avoiding late sunrises in the early winter. I know the necessities others cite, but I disagree.

  5. Dad says:

    As a committed mugwump, I say split the difference. Compromise! This autumn fall back 1/2 an hour and leave it at that. Done. Ronnie and Tip could both claim victory.


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