Why do we have to complicate time?

Published 11:12 pm Friday, November 3, 2017

It is that time of year again when my whole system gets turned topsy turvy.

There will be a week of yawning and a few nights when bedtime rolls around and the clock will not coincide with my sleep habits.

Yes, tonight is the night we “fall back” and set our clocks back an hour.

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Some enjoy getting an extra hour to sleep, but those 60 minutes are just not worth it to me.

All I can think about is the adjustment my body will have to make when that hour is added.

And who, like me, enjoys that little bit of daylight that hangs on when driving home from work?

If there is still light in the sky, I can get home and accomplish a couple of chores or projects, but if relegated to turning on the headlights when I drive out of the Post parking lot, game over.

I just vegetate in front of the TV and count the hours until bedtime.

My oldest daughter says she looks forward to the end of daylight saving time. It means her kiddos can be coaxed into bed earlier since the sun has set.

Just wait until they want breakfast at 5 a.m.!

According to webexhibits.org, the U.S. began altering the clock in 1918 to conserve energy during World War I, and for seven months beginning on March 31, daylight saving time was observed.

After the war ended, daylight saving time became an option with most states returning to year round standard time.

However, the energy saving initiative was reenacted during World War II when President Franklin Roosevelt instituted his “War Time,” and daylight saving time was observed not only certain times of the year, but year round. This lasted from Feb. 9, 1942, to Sept. 30, 1945.

Afterward, and up until 1966, there was no federal law regarding daylight saving time, the website states, so states and localities were free to choose whether or not to observe daylight saving time.  

They also had the option of when it would begin and end.

You can only imagine the confusion this caused.

From the broadcasting industry to the railways to airlines and bus companies, these entities had to publish new schedules every time a state or town began or ended daylight saving time.

These inconsistencies must have been maddening, and even today, daylight saving time is observed in some states while it is not in others.

So why not make it simple on everyone? Let’s just have year round daylight saving time. Just think how simple this would make things.

There would be no trying to catch up on that lost hour when the clock is adjusted in the spring, and we would not have to recalibrate our routines.

This just sounds like an absolute no brainer to me. Nonetheless, until time can remain the same, I will set my clock back tonight and anxiously await March 11, 2018.

Terri Cowart Frazier is a staff writer for The Vicksburg Post. You may reach her at terri.frazier@vicksburgpost.com.

About Terri Cowart Frazier

Terri Frazier was born in Cleveland. Shortly afterward, the family moved to Vicksburg. She is a part-time reporter at The Vicksburg Post and is the editor of the Vicksburg Living Magazine, which has been awarded First Place by the Mississippi Press Association. She has also been the recipient of a First Place award in the MPA’s Better Newspaper Contest’s editorial division for the “Best Feature Story.”

Terri graduated from Warren Central High School and Mississippi State University where she received a bachelor’s degree in communications with an emphasis in public relations.

Prior to coming to work at The Post a little more than 10 years ago, she did some freelancing at the Jackson Free Press. But for most of her life, she enjoyed being a full-time stay at home mom.

Terri is a member of the Crawford Street United Methodist Church. She is a lifetime member of the Vicksburg Junior Auxiliary and is a past member of the Sampler Antique Club and Town and Country Garden Club. She is married to Dr. Walter Frazier.

“From staying informed with local governmental issues to hearing the stories of its people, a hometown newspaper is vital to a community. I have felt privileged to be part of a dedicated team at The Post throughout my tenure and hope that with theirs and with local support, I will be able to continue to grow and hone in on my skills as I help share the stories in Vicksburg. When asked what I like most about my job, my answer is always ‘the people.’

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