Last week, the Chronicle asked its readers in an electronic poll the following questions: “Do you think Daylight Saving Time should be made permanent?”
Of the 285 people who responded, 63% answered, “Yes.” 30% said, “No.” Seven percent said, “Not sure.” Sixty-four people submitted comments. A few follow:
Children will be going to school in the dark, and Shabbat and prayers will be very late.
They should make standard time permanent.
Don’t monkey with time.
There are far more critical issues that need to be handled at this time, and not this foolishness!
I adore having longer days and brighter evenings!
Seems there are pros and cons to both, and I’m undecided.
People blame it on farmers, but my husband grew up on a farm. He said it made no difference to his family. You got up when it was time to start chores, and that wasn’t by the clock!
I think the changing of the clock causes more harm than good!
I don’t care what we set the clocks to if we can stop changing them twice a year.
People will adjust; a temporary change from the 1970s is not a good indicator of how a permanent change would work today.
The day we went back to standard time was always depressing. Never could get used to it getting dark before 5 p.m.
It’s nice to have a longer period of time at the end of the day to enjoy the outdoors.
I heard a reason for changing was to promote safety for kids on their way to school. There are probably more vehicles on the road when kids are on their way home after school so light is more valuable then.
Absolutely. And ASAP! We all need more daylight for our mental health.
Every time it’s tried, there follows “buyer’s remorse,” and then it’s rescinded. Why go through that?
I firmly believe that this would be just one subtle, yet powerful shift that would enhance all of our lives. Accompanying this, there needs to be the institutionalization of more family friendly work practices such as a four-day work week, increased retirement opportunities at age 50, guaranteed annual wage, mandated minimum wage of $25/hour, more robustly subsidized child care and comprehensive Medicare for all. All are ethically sound; all are within our society’s economic reach.
At all times, primary consideration should be given to the safety of children traveling to school in the morning over the convenience of adults. PJC
– Adam Reinherz