On Sunday March 9th we will lose an hour’s sleep as we change from Standard Time to what is usually referred to as Daylight Saving Time, a misnomer, if I ever saw one. The term I use is Daylight Shifting Time because that is what it does. It merely shifts an hour from the morning and tacks it on in the evening. It does not save time; it just robs Peter to pay Paul. I Googled “Daylight Shifting Time” and got no hits – all the hits were for Daylight Saving Time. Even Google cannot get it right. Another name is Fast Time because our clocks are running an hour fast. That makes a bit more sense. A third name is Summer Time. But it begins before winter is over and ends a week into fall. Great Britain toyed with year round Fast Time, but England is at a high latitude and Scotland higher still, so can you imagine what mornings were like in Scotland in the dead of winter? Not all states have observed DST. Until recently Indian was on Standard Time. Today, northwest Indiana is on “Chicago” time because many “Hossiers” work in the Windy City.


So why do we need to “Spring Forward” the second Sunday in March and “Fall Back” the first Sunday in October? Because the Government knows best even though politicians do not work normal hours and don’t know when the sun comes up or goes down. Farmers don’t like it because they live by “animal” time and the animals are on their own time schedule. Golfers love it because they can get in nine holes after work. Studies show that contrary to claims it does not save electricity. My alarm clock is geared to the earlier schedule which means that it has to be manually set this Sunday and in two weeks will “spring forward” and I will have to set it back. Fortunately computers have been reprogrammed, as has my TV box so that if I am confused as to what “time” it is, I need only to check either one.

On Sunday March 9th we will lose an hour’s sleep as we change from Standard Time to what is usually referred to as Daylight Saving Time, a misnomer, if I ever saw one. The term I use is Daylight Shifting Time because that is what it does. It merely shifts an hour from the morning and tacks it on in the evening. It does not save time; it just robs Peter to pay Paul. I Googled “Daylight Shifting Time” and got no hits – all the hits were for Daylight Saving Time. Even Google cannot get it right. Another name is Fast Time because our clocks are running an hour fast. That makes a bit more sense. A third name is Summer Time. But it begins before winter is over and ends a week into fall. Great Britain toyed with year round Fast Time, but England is at a high latitude and Scotland higher still, so can you imagine what mornings were like in Scotland in the dead of winter? Not all states have observed DST. Until recently Indian was on Standard Time. Today, northwest Indiana is on “Chicago” time because many “Hossiers” work in the Windy City. So why do we need to “Spring Forward” the second Sunday in March and “Fall Back” the first Sunday in October? Because the Government knows best even though politicians do not work normal hours and don’t know when the sun comes up or goes down. Farmers don’t like it because they live by “animal” time and the animals are on their own time schedule. Golfers love it because they can get in nine holes after work. Studies show that contrary to claims it does not save electricity. My alarm clock is geared to the earlier schedule which means that it has to be manually set this Sunday and in two weeks will “spring forward” and I will have to set it back. Fortunately computers have been reprogrammed, as has my TV box so that if I am confused as to what “time” it is, I need only to check either one.