Source: NewTimes (CA)
Author: Anne York
Daylight-saving time is not, as claimed by
Bill Horton ("It's Time for a Change," New Times Oct. 8), the
stupidest law on America's books - this award should likely be given
to the draconian drug laws, especially against marijuana
Daylight-saving time began during World War II
- something about productivity and saving energy. After the
war, it was noted that people tend to do more things - that is,
spend more money - during the extra hours of daylight. So it
was extended into peacetime.
During the Reagan years, daylight-saving time
was extended to its maximum practical limits, where it is now.
This was done for purely economic reasons. Daylight-saving
time is no more than an effort to wring every last cent out of your
It makes no difference that the biannual
change causes a week or so or irritability in the general population
with our self-imposed jet lag or makes few of us late or early or
even interferes with man's biological clock, causing not only
irritability but symptoms ranging from psychological disorientation
to death in rare cases. But what does the government care, as
long as we keep consuming?
How does it feel to be treated as a pawn on
the big Monopoly board of American life?