Daylight Saving Time
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"Time is arbitrary"

* January 2021 update: Senate bill #320 did pass --but: we're STILL having to change our clocks twice a year --!  The end of Pacific Standard Time, in favor of perpetual Daylight Saving Time, has been contingent on the states of Washington and California being ready to do the same. By one account, the bill to do so got stalled in the California legislature. By another account, we're all waiting on an OK from the U.S. Congress. Failing these okays, bill #320 says we'd do it anyway by year 2029 --which means we coulda-shoulda done it already!

Hmmnnn: it's time to start a new, single issue, mad-as-hell, political party: the "DST Party" --and tell our state legislature to get off their penguin butts! (SHEEZ!)

* July 2019 updates: * Hurray! --There's a bill (Senate #320) before the Oregon State legislature to make DST permanent. Maybe we'll soon be free of that "Spring forward-Fall backward" nonsense! Oregon residents should contact and encourage its sponsors: Representative Bill Post, Representative John Lively, and Senator Kim Thatcher (who can be reached at:

Senator Kim Thatcher
900 Court Street NE - S-307
Salem, OR 97301

If S-320 passes, the issue will be put on the ballot in November of 2020. However, even if passed, it wouldn't go into effect unless the States of Washington and California pass similar bills. (Had S-320 optioned to put us on permanent Standard Time (PST), it could have taken effect immediately.)

* At: "Mental Floss" we learn that for the year 2008, the NHTSA pegged 28% of all reported traffic accidents (515,000 injuries, 5780 fatalities) as being due to 18 to 29 year-old drivers texting while driving. In 2002, the NHTSA attributed 66% of fatal car crashes to "playing with the radio or CD".

Now I ask you: in the days immediately following the twice annual DST clock shifts, and given the often mysterious steps one must take to change a dash clock's time, how many traffic deaths do you suppose are caused by trying to comply with "Spring forward-Fall backward" --whilst underway? (Not that those driving or riding in the culpable vehicle are likely to admit it.)

* Sheila Danzig has been doing a great job of nailing this issue for many years, plus there've been many DST laments --such as:


Although long despairing of our ever getting off the DST/standard time yo-yo, it has never-the-less behooved me to bear witness --to the gratuitous imposition, of being made to change our myriad clocks twice a year. The political inertness of our society in putting up with it for decades is astounding! (For 100 years, counting from DST's first being foisted upon us during World War One.)

If we can't even get rid of a simple, burdensome, non-sensical practice like biannual DST changes, then what chance does our ship-of-state have of steering a straight course through more complex and emotionally loaded issues? This raises serious issues about democracy.

* I DO BELIEVE that campaigns for high office could garner a deciding percentage of votes on this issue alone (and our two leading candidates in the 2016 U.S. presidential election needed all the help they could get).

January 31st, 2019 update: I see that ending DST is on the ballot, in the state houses, or on candidate platforms in Washington, Montana, Kansas, Wyoming, Oklahoma, and Oregon (YAY!). There've been citations of studies showing increased incidents of heart attack (a whopping 5% among working age people), workplace injuries, car wrecks --+8% (while trying to change that inscrutable dash clock?), and economic losses from the time demands of updating all the clocks in our lives. In 2015, Washington State Rep Elizabeth Scott told of an apple farmer constituent who must spend half a day (twice a year) changing the clocks in/on all his equipment.

After standing on a wobbly plastic chair to rehang a clock during our last DST switch, I wondered how many old people fall and break bones whilst tending to our DST chores --but I was unable to Google anything up on that.

For 20 years this page has mostly been a bit of sympathy and hand-holding --for others who feel the same way. My many letters-to-the-editor have made not a dent, but by trying to elect people who listen and think, maybe we can finally either hit DST on the head or go onto DST permanently.

** Time: "Time" is a strange and arbitrary concept. Here's a brief history of time and our struggles with it --from "Answers With Joe" (Scott):