Although Benjamin Franklin came up with the idea back in 1784, Daylight Saving Time actually started during World War I by Germany and Austria to conserve fuel. Other places adopted it, as well, but the United States didn’t put it into law until 1918. It was so unpopular in the states that it was repealed in 1919. It became a local option until war again brought it back, this time WW II. Today about 70 countries participate. Most of the United States spring forward and fall back in the appropriate seasons, except for Arizona and Hawaii.
Even though we’re one of the few places that doesn’t follow DST, Arizona is still affected by it. When the other states spring forward an hour, we merely drop out of Mountain Time and hook up with Pacific time. Recently the legislators in Phoenix discussed joining DST but it was voted down. One of my friends, who lived through that one experimental year when we did try DST, said it was horrible. It seemed to extend the heat.
Some areas of the country might enjoy having more light, but not us. We prefer the sunrise at 5:00 am when it’s the coolest part of the day. An extra hour at night when the temperature dallies around 115 degrees has no appeal.
Proponents give dozens of reasons why it’s important to the economy and society. However, the detractors (me among them) are happy that Arizona sticks with standard time. If you want real confusion consider Tuba City, Arizona, where the Navajo Nation follows DST. Imagine what it's like when everyone in the town isn't in the same time zone.
Here are a few of the problems created by Arizona not following the crowd:
1. TV programs that were watched at a specific time, are now an hour earlier. As soon as you’ve adjusted to the time change, they flip back.
2. None of your friends or relatives on the East coast can ever figure out when to call, and the first few minutes of the conversation is a discussion about time zones.
And here are some reasons why I’m glad we don’t:
1. I always fed my dog at 5:00 pm. Since we have no time change, the dog never had to suffer and was always fed when her internal clock said 5:00. She never had to bug me with soulful eyes wondering when she’d get her food the way she did when we lived back east.
2. I’m a person who rises with the sun, and it’s not all bad when the lawnmowers start at the same time.
3. When the sun dips, so does our temperature. Where’s the advantage to enjoying an evening on the patio when we’re still roasting in 110 degrees?
4. No need to adjust clocks. However, those automatically adjusted by satellites do require work. I finally figured out how to set my computer on Arizona time. There’s actually a setting for that!
How do you feel about Daylight Saving Time? Does it create any problems for you?