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to move backwards again
|By JANIE SOUTHARD
The Daily Standard
Time and time again it happens - well, twice a year, to be exact. Clock
day. Up an hour, back an hour. Spring ahead. Fall behind.
Daylight Saving Time (DST) will end for this year at 2 a.m. Sunday and
everyone can catch an extra hour of sleep, except in Hawaii, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto
Rico, the Virgin Islands, portions of Indiana and most of Arizona where they donšt bother
with DST anyway.
During the past six months, most of the local working population has
put last spring's animosity aside. They've long ago forgotten, or forgiven,
those early April days of dragging around grousing about the lost hour of sleep.
Now it's fall back and look forward to being well rested mornings, at
least for awhile until biological clocks are caught up and it becomes same
So, who won't get the word on the time change? Farm animals, to name
one group. Will it be difficult to get them on a new schedule? Will farmers have to ease
livestock into a new schedule?
Heck, no, said Joe Beiler, agriculture agent with the OSU Extension in
"Where dairy is concerned, there's always food and water
available. So, time of day doesn't mean much where feeding is concerned," Beiler told
The Daily Standard earlier this week.
As to milking, it is up to the individual farmer whether he changes the
daily schedule to accommodate the new time.
"Whatever works for the farmer will work for the cow," Beiler
said, adding that he personally would not mind DST all year long.
A straw poll found Beiler to be in the minority.
So, whose bright idea was it to move time around?
In the early 1900s, Englishman William Willett was struck by the fact
that "the clean, bright light of an early morning during spring and summer months is
so seldom seen or used."
British Summer Time was introduced in 1916 in England by an act of
Parliament and during World War I many other European countries adopted the concept.
The United States got seriously into the act during World War II and
went Europe one better by keeping DST all year round for about three years until the war
Until the Uniform Time Act of 1966, each state's towns and villages
made their own decisions about whether to spring ahead. At one time a trip from Indiana to
West Virginia required clock adjustments more than seven times.
Although the Uniform Time Act did not require any location to observe
DST, it did require that if DST was to be observed, it had to run from the
last Sunday of April to the last Sunday of October.
In 1986, Congress decided to spring way ahead and moved the annual DST
starting date to the first Sunday in April.
According to statistics, DST has a lot going for it. The federal
department of transportation says it saves energy, saves lives, prevents traffic
injuries and prevents crime.
And, as long as Ohio residents are roaming around the house resetting
their clocks, Robert R. Rielage, state fire marshal, says it is a good time to change
smoke detector batteries, too.
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