A bill recently passed the Senate that would make Daylight Savings Time (DST) permanent, observed year around. It would do away with Standard Time. This is not the first time Congress has flirted with making DST year around. On December 14, 1973 Congress voted to make DST year around for two years. President Nixon signed the bill on December 15. The United States also tried year around DST during World War II. Supposedly people hated it.
Daylight Savings Time began this year on Sunday, March 13, 2022. It’s a pain for the first week because Americans lose an average of one hour of sleep per night until they adjust to the time change. It has its advantages in terms of an extra hour of daylight on Summer evenings, however. Where I live in Texas it stays light until around 9:30 p.m. in late June. Where I grew up in Western Kansas, just across the border from the Mountain Time Zone, it stayed light outside until nearly 10:00 p.m. in Summer. Yet, there is a trade-off. If you gain an hour of daylight in the evening, you lose it in the morning. When does this make the most difference? During Winter months when there are fewer hours of daylight to distribute between morning and evening.
Supposedly, getting up an hour earlier in the winter darkness proved deadly for some school children walking to school (ok, as an aside, kids no longer walk to school). It apparently proved gloomy for other people who had to get up in the dark and stormy night and get ready for work.
While 79 percent of Americans approved of the change in December 1973, approval had dropped to 42 percent three months later, the New York Times reported.
A week after President Nixon resigned in 1974, Senator Bob Dole (R-KS) introduced an amendment to end the experiment. A similar bill passed the House and President Gerald Ford signed it. The experiment lasted less than a year.
What do you think? Would you rather have an extra hour of sunlight in the morning or the evening? I vote for evening.