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Hello or Farewell to Daylight Saving’s Time

Daylight Saving’s Time is a scattered, controversial subject around the world for how it doesn’t even apply in some countries. And lately America has considered joining them.  

Originating into mainstream society in the early twentieth century, Daylight Saving’s Time was implemented in an effort to save energy during World War I. The point was to get as much daylight as possible, and it only grew more into the 1940s, eventually leading to the national enacting of Daylight Savings with the Uniform Time Act of 1966.  

However, despite the talk of all its benefits, studies have shown it not only yields little results, but even causes health risks to numerous Americans throughout the country. For example, for those suffering from epilepsy it has the capability of sparking more seizures.  

Continuing on, daylight savings has even been linked to a higher risk of heart attacks and more car accident deaths as a result of subsequent sleep deprivation and circadian rhythm changes. While these problems are admittedly temporary, for those that do die in accidents or heart attacks there’s no time to adjust. 

As a result of these risks, many cities and even states have gone about ignoring Daylight Savings; most notably, Hawaii and most of Arizona. However, there’s others on the opposite side of the spectrum where states are opting to maintain Daylight Saving’s year-round, such as Oregon and Washington State with pending bills.  

While leaving the decision to the states is an option, mentioning just what an absolute mess it’d become time-zone wise isn’t something to be ignored. With already the nation cut into sections with differing times, adding specific states with and without Daylight Savings would be disastrous for those traveling, and a bit more trouble than it’s worth. 

When looking back throughout the years since Daylight Saving’s been implemented, admittedly, it doesn’t serve much of a purpose now – and the yearly switching presents risks to those with health conditions. It’s fruitless to continue something that serves no purpose.  

So ideally, the best option is to decide – permanent Daylight Saving’s or none at all.  

Having it scattered among the states would cause more problems than it’d solve and having the switch every six months causes health and safety risks – albeit temporary. Having either constant Daylight Saving’s or none would solve the problem and secure some time-wise continuity throughout the states.  

It’s a decision for the federal legislature but a delicate issue that should be handled in due time to assure the well-being and stability of people throughout the nation.  

Katy Nelson

I am the Junior Editor of the Lamar Scroll, and am involved in Choir and Orchestra alongside Newspaper. I love being there to help others and hope to make the world a better, more ethical place with my writings. I hope to attend Columbia University and gain a degree in Investigative Journalism as well as Creative Writing to pursue a career in fiction writing along with journalism. Writing as a whole, is my passion and drives me forward to provide representation for the voices so often silenced. I hope to one day write for the Washington Post or New York Times. I also adore cats.