Twice-a-year time change not that big a deal

Penticton Herald - - LETTERS -

Ed­i­tor: Now that we are over a month past the June sum­mer sol­stice, you have no doubt no­ticed sun­rise is com­ing later and sun­set is ear­lier.

At present, we a los­ing nearly three min­utes of day­light each day. The rate of day­light lost each day will slowly ac­cel­er­ate un­til the fall equinox in Septem­ber.

The rate of day­light loss will then con­tinue but grad­u­ally slow un­til the win­ter sol­stice in De­cem­ber when the slow length­en­ing will be­gin again.

Ev­ery year when we are about to switch over from stan­dard time to day­light time or vice versa, there are calls to abol­ish the time change. Right now is a good time to think about what ef­fect that would have.

If there were no Day­light Sav­ings Time our sum­mer evenings would be one hour darker. For ex­am­ple, the light we ex­pe­ri­ence at 9 tonight would be what we would have at 8 p.m. if we were still on stan­dard time; and re­mem­ber that day­light is be­ing lost each day. When dark­ness is ear­lier, we lose out­side fam­ily time at the beach, ven­dors and busi­nesses may lose cus­tomers who are out walk­ing, bik­ing, swim­ming, boat­ing or tour­ing. I be­lieve less tourism money would come to those who de­pend on that source of rev­enue.

If we did not have day­light sav­ings time, sun­rise would also oc­cur one hour ear­lier on our clock. In June, when our ear­li­est dawn is at 4:51 am, and you are called awake by bird­song, the time would be 3:51 a.m. if stan­dard time were kept year-round.

I do not rel­ish the thought of my cats want­ing out or the crows squawk­ing me awake at that time.

So when it comes time to change back and forth be­tween day­light times and stan­dard time, please just plan ahead and ad­just your bed­time 20 min­utes for three days. Many shift work­ers reg­u­larly work var­ied start times. Please sup­port the time changes in March and Novem­ber. It’s only twice a year and helps make sum­mer in the Okana­gan user-friendly.

If we had to choose one, I would rec­om­mend scrap­ping stan­dard time, rather than day­light.

Mar­got New­ton, Pen­tic­ton

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