Our neighbor up north has had it with Daylight Saving. So, now they rolled out a plan to do away with it once and for all. But, will it actually work?
Either way, we still have to fall back an hour on November 5th, just FYI.
CBS Boston reports that a commission will vote on the proposal to put Massachusetts in a totally different time zone. If this commission says yes, the state will officially ditch Daylight Saving and be one hour ahead from the rest of the east coast.
So, from November to February, those who need to travel to our northern neighbor will have to bump up their clocks by an hour. Man, I feel for all those who live here but work in MA.
Then again, I’ll feel bad for all those broadcasters and entertainers who need to tweak their TV lineups, too.
But, the state offers an interesting point why there’s so much support behind killing off the “spring forward/fall back” dance. State Senator Eileen Donoghue says it’ll eventually attract more millennials.
“We love to attract millennials, and they love to come here and work, but one thing we do hear from millennials is they don’t like the weather and they don’t like it when it is dark.”
I definitely see the allure to that. Promising longer days in the sun and less in the bitter cold nights would do wonders for foot and regular traffic. However, will it be too weird if Massachusetts is the only state that ends DST?
That’s why Donoghue wants neighboring states should join in the movement. She says it’s because they’ll reap the same rewards.
“You know, Massachusetts is not a big state. People travel back and forth over borders for work, for shopping, and a lot of activities. And so, it would cause confusion if we went it alone.”
And she says the risk of being the only state to end DST is worth it. Retailers overwhelmingly approved of the measure, saying more people shop in the daylight. So, lawmakers see the economic boon this measure will have on the state.
Also, those who work in agriculture, such as cranberry harvesters, say they, too, will benefit from the extra hour of sunlight. They say they account for every hour of sunlight, so it never goes to waste. Besides, it means they won’t have to radically adjust their schedules just to make the most of the sun.
However, not everyone seems pleased by the movement. Educators and parents overwhelmingly disapproved of the vote, saying it’ll force kids to go to school in the dark. Which, honestly, is a bit of a drag.
Also, those who enjoy their nightly programs complain they’ll have to wait another hour for their fix, such as watching the Oscars or the nightly news.
But, are those opposing reasons enough to redact the vote? I don’t think so. There’s too many pros to this argument.
Many of us hate seeing the sun set at 4pm or driving home in the dark. Plus, it would do wonders on our electricity bills by sparing us one full hour from turning on the lights. Also, more people will want to shop if they can run into a store while it’s still light outside. Which means, yep, a healthier economy.
But should Massachusetts go through with this or is it too risky? If they do; will Connecticut be next to follow? If not; which of our neighbors is most likely to follow the most economically healthy state in New England?
But, if this magic doesn’t happen this year, you know this argument will come back. The movement to end Daylight Saving grows stronger every year since we’re no longer an agricultural society. Many view this practice as outdated. Our politicians enacted it in 1916 to help farmers and wean us off energy use. Now, it seems like it does the exact opposite.
Plus, a lot of reports claim that Daylight Saving sends us to an early grave. So, there’s that, too. I know I feel like a steaming pile of horse dung when I have to wake up an hour early. Ugh.
Anyways, do you think we’ll see an end to this outdated practice in our lifetime. Does anyone still benefit from DST? Or is it just one giant waste of money and time?