The Washington Post

Our clocks aren’t broken


Regarding the March 11 front-page article “The days may be numbered for our vexing clock ritual”:

On Dec. 21, the winter solstice, in Fairfax, the sun rose at 7:24 a.m. standard time. If we switch to permanent daylight saving time, that would become 8:24 a.m., after most schoolchil­dren are already in class, forcing them to walk to the bus stop or to school in the dark. This might be a good idea for members of Congress who start work, umm, much later in the day, but it’s not for schoolchil­dren and commuters driving in the dark.

Conversely, remaining on standard time all year presents another set of problems. On June 21, the summer solstice, the sun rose in Fairfax at 5:44 a.m. If we remain on standard time, the sun would rise at 4:44 a.m. That might be good for early-morning newscaster­s, but I don’t do my best work at 4:44 a.m.

Hey, Congress: It ain’t broke. Don’t “fix” it! Ann Nichols, Fairfax

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