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Tuesday, February 15, 2005

Daylight Savings Time redux

The topic of Daylight Savings Time was mentioned on the evening news. No new progress; the committee that reviews the law didn't send it to the full legislature, but anticipates it will do so soon. Then, the debate will be fierce.

The news featured a clip with an opponent of daylight savings time, who talked about why farmers don't like it. You see, they need to wait for the dew to dry from the fields, and advancing the clock means they get a later start.

Think about that for a moment.

If the fields are dry two hours after sunup, it doesn't matter if the clock says 7:10 or 8:10. You could set your clock to New Delhi time, for all that it matters. The time between dry fields and sundown doesn't change, no matter what the clock says!

I'm unaware of any law that says farmers have to stop working at 6:00 PM. So why do they care what the clock says when they start or stop working? If you really want to watch the evening news, record it.

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