Friday, November 05, 2010

who says you can't change time

   “Benjamin Franklin conceived of it. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle endorsed it. Winston Churchill campaigned for it. Kaiser Wilhelm first employed it. Woodrow Wilson and Franklin Roosevelt went to war with it, and the United States fought an energy crisis with it.” SEIZE THE DAYLIGHT: The Curious and Contentious Story of Daylight Saving Time

   While there are unquestionably well intended reasons, changing time just somehow captures the essence of government meddling in daily living.

   In 1918, Congress placed the country on Daylight Saving Time (DST) for the remainder of WW I

   In 1942 Congress reinstated DST for duration of WWII.

   From 1945 to 1966, we were a free time nation.

   In 1966, The Uniform Time Act created DST to begin on the last Sunday of April and to end on the last Sunday of October.

   In 1973, following the Arab Oil Embargo, Congress put most of the nation on extended DST for two years.

   In 1986 President Regan modified DST from the last Sunday in April to the first Sunday in April.

   In 2005 Congress passed The Energy Policy Act and Daylight Saving Time begins three weeks earlier than previously and is extended by one week. Begins 2 a.m. on the Second Sunday in March and lasts until 2 a.m. on the First Sunday of November

   Any area that wanted to be exempt from DST could do so by passing a local ordinance. As many know there are such places and it can be maddening driving between past and future while running errands and such.

   Perhaps it’s best just to enjoy it
"An extra yawn one morning in the springtime, an extra snooze one night in the autumn is all that we ask in return for dazzling gifts. We borrow an hour one night in April; we pay it back with golden interest five months later." -Winston Churchill

    … and don’t forget to feel the power of changing time this Sunday, November 7th

Caregivingly Yours, Patrick Leer 

1 comment:

  1. I myself am looking forward to that extra hour of sleep tomorrow night :)

    (unless the doctor, who will still be on the "old schedule" decides its time to get up :)

    have a good weekend, Patrick!



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