Let’s “Spring” Forward
by Sandra Schrift
A NY Times article states: “We adopted daylight saving time (during World War I), rejected it (after the war), adopted it again (during World War II), and then left it up to the states and localities until 1966, when Congress once more decided it was a national concern. And as much as we complain and point out that it doesn’t make anyone more productive or save any energy, it persists. Almost every state has eight months of it each year and only four months of so-called standard time. As a result, today we rose with the dawn and next week we’ll be eating breakfast in darkness.”
I learned that the “sage” of Philadelphia , Benjamin Franklin, conceived a system similar to daylight saving time in 1784. While he was America ‘s first ambassador to France , he “estimated that the simple act of awakening at sunrise and retiring at sunset in the months between spring and fall would result in an annual saving of a little more than 64 million pounds in candle wax for Paris residents. But, unlike us, Mr. Franklin did not live in a world of video games, computers, dishwashers and big-screen televisions. Can anyone do thmath for today’s savings?
The Coach feels . . . that more light in the day makes me feel better. Do you agree?