(POLL) Do We Still Need Daylight Saving Time?

It'll be time to spring forward on Sunday.

Don't forget to set your clocks ahead an hour before heading to bed Saturday night.

Sunday at 2 a.m. marks the beginning of daylight saving time, when Americans "spring forward" and effectively gain an hour of evening sunlight.

DST was first observed in the United States in 1918 and was implemented as a way to conserve energy. The thought was that with more sunlight in the evenings, there would be less need for artificial lighting.

That idea actually dates back to Benjamin Franklin, and the logic behind it has largely held true, though advances in technology have made artificial lighting much cheaper, cleaner and easier over the years.

The support of DST varies. While many like the added evening sunlight in the summer, many others contend that changing clocks is disruptive to sleep schedules, according to WebExhibits.org. Others still say energy isn't really saved by the switch, as the extra sunlight encourages people to go out—and use gasoline—later into the night.

As a sign of the varying popularity of DST, Arizona and Hawaii—along with Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands and the United States Virgin Islands—currently don't recognize DST.

Clocks will switch back on Nov. 4 this year.

fran March 08, 2012 at 09:14 PM
The time change started with some guy who was not happy looking for species of bugs in the dark! I am tired of do gooders! The time change messes up patients schedules who are on meds. Lose the time change and get back to where it was! How in the heck did everyone live all these thousands of years without time change!
Isaac March 09, 2012 at 01:22 PM
Its a joke an since I work Sunday morning I'll be especially tired and more prone to injuries and accidents.
john March 09, 2012 at 01:25 PM
Really... it's not that big of a deal.
Brian Leonard March 09, 2012 at 05:37 PM
Having younger kids it effects getting them to bed because it is lighter out during the school year. But, I am fine with the DST. I would also be ok with them eliminating it as well. Life is short, let's not get worked up about the small stuff. Have an enjoyable weekend!
TAMMY March 09, 2012 at 05:54 PM
I never bothered to change my clock back in November. To me Daylight savings time is a waste of time. My vote for president, congress, senate will be to get rid of DST completely. It was never useful from day one. I have left my clock ahead all year since November 2008. I want standard time all year but I will go along with DST year round just as long as this whole issue is done away with.
TAMMY March 09, 2012 at 06:03 PM
DST Needs to be done away with. This is not a small issue. I already done away with it. My clocks stay 1 hour ahead all year. What is it now 4 months. Who cares what time it is in the winter. For Nov to March I go to work 9am my time (8am to you) and leave work at 5pm my time(4pm your time). It only affects my bowling league schedule. In the winter I am there at 9pm (8pm to everyone else). I tried to change that too but my league didn't go along with it. I am happy that I won't be losing an hour of sleep this weekend like everyone else and I won't be groogy for a month like I used to be.
Brad Kadue March 10, 2012 at 01:09 PM
Honestly I hardly notice it. It has only been an issue in my life when I was younger and less responsible and forgot about it and missed class/appointments, etc. I'll tell you what would be a real pain though would be to live in a town on the borders of a state that did observe, and a state that didn't. You'd have to continually keep track of the ever changing time difference.
Lori March 11, 2012 at 01:30 AM
I do like the fact that my young children don't have to get on the bus when it is still pitch black out. I have never minded DST.....as a child or as an adult. It is just part of life.


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