Valdosta Daily Times

What We Think

November 2, 2012

Changing hands of time

-- — Even with a national mandate a few years ago of pushing the time change back to the weekend past Halloween rather than the last weekend of October, does anyone else think it’s still too early to change the clocks?

Sure, we all get an extra hour of sleep this weekend as we set our clocks back an hour. But is an extra hour of sleep really worth losing that extra hour of sunshine at the end of each work day? By Monday evening, it will be dark by 5:30-6 p.m.

Well, whether we like it or not, the time change is upon us. At 2 a.m. Sunday, we set our clocks back an hour, meaning it will be 1 a.m. again. Remember, it’s fall back in the fall and spring forward during the spring time change.

What we’re actually switching back to for about the next four months is standard time. What we’re leaving is daylight saving time, which given its increasing length and duration, has all but become our standard time in everything but name.

Still, there are some benefits to changing back to standard time this weekend. For one, even though many of us will leave work at nightfall, our young children will no longer have to catch morning school buses in the dark ... at least for a few weeks until the sun rises again past the bus pick-up times.

So, that’s one good thing for this time change. Another may be the twice annual instructions to change smoke detector batteries during the time changes.

Given the early cold this fall which has caused many to already turn on their heaters, changing the batteries in smoke detectors this weekend may well save lives.

And that’s worth changing time even for a little while.

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