My husband could have missed his flight October 27th – the hotel changed their clocks back to Standard time a week early. November 2nd is the date most Americans switch away from Daylight Saving Time, back to Standard Time.
This isn’t national law – it goes state by state. “Residents of Arizona (except those living on the Navajo Nation), Hawaii, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Guam, and the Northern Marianas Islands won’t need to change their clocks.” Every year, legislation is introduced to stop this silly practice, but mostly goes nowhere.
Over the years I’ve been told we do this because children are safer at morning bus stops, or to save energy. But NatGeo says the real reason is money.
Lobbyists regularly fight ending the time change, and these aren’t lobbyists for pediatricians. Their clients range from convenience stores to tourism groups, Golf courses want more hours of daylight after work: “The Golf Alliance for Utah estimated that dropping DST would reduce play by 6 percent… and cost Utah’s economy $24 million each year.”
So stay on Daylight Savings Time year round. I’d just like to see the changes stop. No matter where I lived, around the equinoxes I seemed to drive into the sun going to work or coming home – and just when the sun had moved far enough to stop blinding me, the time change would come and put it right back in my eyes. Surely that’s a good enough reason to abolish the time change.