Adjusting — again — to time change

Published 6:59 pm Wednesday, November 7, 2018

It’s back again.

Like winter, summer, baseball and football season, Christmas and the Fourth of July, daylight saving time is back. Last Saturday we went to all our clocks and “fell back,” to get what was supposed to be that extra hour of sleep. Those who forgot to set their clocks back missed church, failed to get to the Sunday family dinner or missed the first half of the Saints game. And people once again began to get their bodies adjusted to a different schedule — in a sense. And by the time we all get adjusted to standard time, it’s time to change back to daylight saving time, and wondering who was the idiot who came up with the idea to change time period twice year.

According to the website “LifeScience,” the idea for daylight saving belongs to Benjamin Franklin, and seen as a way to save on energy, but it didn’t become a reality until 1916, when Germany adopted daylight saving time to conserve fuel during World War I. The rest of Europe soon followed suit. The United States adopted daylight saving time in 1918 after it entered the “War to End All Wars.”

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An attempt by President Woodrow Wilson to permanently keep daylight saving time failed, and the next time the U.S. adopted daylight saving time was in 1942 during World War II, when President Franklin Roosevelt called it “War Time,” and established it year-round.

In 1966, Congress passed the Uniform Time Act, setting regulations for daylight saving time and setting daylight saving time from the first Sunday in April to the last Sunday of October. The period was later extended to the present period, which begins in March and ends the first Sunday in November.

So now that you have a brief history of daylight saving time, you should feel better about having to change time every six months or so, right? I didn’t think so. If you’re like many people, you just wish someone somewhere would make up their mind and either stick with standard time or daylight saving time.

Personally, I would like to do that, and I’d put in my vote for daylight saving time. I kind of like the idea of going home from work while it’s still daylight. My only complaint is the sun partially blinding me as I drive home. But I don’t think such a move will ever happen. It will probably (literally) take an act of Congress to make any such changes in how we keep time, and right now Congress can’t even decide if it’s coming or going or standing still, but that’s another discussion for another time.

To be honest, I don’t care whether this country stays on standard or daylight saving time, just as long as we stay on one system. I’m getting a bit tired of adjusting every six months to a new time scale.

I only want consistency so my body clock won’t go haywire.

John Surratt is a staff writer at The Vicksburg Post. You may reach him at

About John Surratt

John Surratt is a graduate of Louisiana State University with a degree in general studies. He has worked as an editor, reporter and photographer for newspapers in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. He has been a member of The Vicksburg Post staff since 2011 and covers city government. He and his wife attend St. Paul Catholic Church and he is a member of the Port City Kiwanis Club.

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