Hey, Ben Franklin, stick to lightning rods. Leave our clocks alone.
Even geniuses come up with bad ideas. And so it was when our founding inventor suggested Daylight Saving or is it Daylight Savings Time? People can’t even agree on what to call it, never mind why it’s still around. The U.S. government first turned clocks ahead by an hour to cut coal consumption during World War II. Since then Daylight Saving defenders have claimed that by adding an hour of sunlight in the evening we cut down on electric use. Others argue that whatever power we save by not lighting our dwellings, we lose by blasting the AC.
So for no good reason we have an entire population of bleary-eyed, sleep-deprived people operating cars and trucks, trains and planes. Not to mention bulldozers. A fellow I interviewed for my report on 1010 WINS Monday morning told me that the loss of that one hour leaves him feeling tired on the job for weeks. Danger! Danger! Drowsy man driving bulldozer. And a trucker I talked to was downing a king-sized Colombian coffee hoping it would keep him awake all day. Sleeping truckers may be one reason why highway fatalities spike the first week of Daylight Saving…Savings? Time every year. And what if an airline pilot felt jet-lagged? “Ladies and gentleman, we are (yawn) approaching JFK International Airport…(yawn), I think.”