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Daylight Wasting Time

I just set my clocks forward an hour, a chore I completed with a good deal of grumbling. The federals can’t resist tinkering with everything. EVERYTHING! They can’t even leave the damn clock alone.

I doubt daylight saving time has benefitted anyone, anywhere. But its effect is particularly pernicious here in sub-tropical Florida. In Tampa, where I live, it’s of little avail to those who get off work at 5 or 6 DST that there are three or four hours of industrial strength sunlight left. At those times, it’s still 92 degrees with humidity to match (unless a thunderstorm is in progress — when it drops briefly to 85), and using that saved-up sunlight to mow the yard is an invitation to heat stroke.

As a conservative, my first choice would be for the government to leave the clock alone altogether. But if we must engineer time, as we engineer everything else, it would be much better for Florida if we switched in summer (in Florida March is summer) to DWT — daylight wasting time. Move the clock back another hour instead of forward. I didn’t want to mow the yard anyway.

Just a thought.

Larry Thornberry
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Larry Thornberry is a writer in Tampa.
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