Twice a year I wonder why we move clocks forward and back. I have yet to come up with a reason that justifies it. Just like Art, I ask DST fans to defend it. Just give me one GOOD reason why DST is such a wonderful thing. Point out one indisputable benefit that it has for humanity. As yet, nobody has. And why do we have "standard time" for only FIVE months, yet DST for SEVEN?? Shouldn't "STANDARD" be the... um, standard?
Every year at least one person I speak to just has to blurt out that DST is beneficial to children and farmers. WTF???? Children have to walk to school IN THE DARK when we move the clocks up an hour in early April; that sunrise that WAS coming at 7:30 AM with standard time is now pushed up to 8:30 AM! Or they'll tell me it's so that kids can enjoy evening ballgames. As if the sun didn't stay up late enough on its own with the lengthening spring days anyhow! Farmers who work through the daylight hours have THE SAME AMOUNT OF DAYLIGHT HOURS no matter where the clocks are! Personally, I think they'd be happier knocking off an hour earlier... especially if they're farmers who need to be up in the wee hours to milk cows! And the people who say it saves electricity are plumb loco; there are still just as many dark hours to be illuminated by electric light and just as many hot, sunny hours to be chilled by air conditioners NO MATTER WHERE THE CLOCKS HANDS ARE.
Attention DST fans: If you have an irrefutable argument in favor of DST - something better than the "children, farmers and saving electricity" nonsense, please list it here. I'd love to hear it.