What is the Deal With Daylight Savings?


He Said: Anthony Mattariello

All right people, get out of bed and adjust your socks because it’s time to argue.

Spring is here, it might not feel or look like it, but it’s here. Spring means lots of different things. It means rain showers, blooming flowers, warm weather and short shorts.

What some people might forget that comes with spring, because it’s totally irrelevant and useless, is daylight savings time.

Which brings us to our debate this week. Whether or not daylight savings time should still be a thing.

Like most of my columns, I’m going to tell you why our subject of this week’s debate is fruitless.

To prove my point, I’m going to give you a little history of the day. Daylights savings time was first introduced in Ontario, Canada during the early 1900s.

Well needless to say daylight savings time started to pick up throughout Canada.

However, the first country to introduce daylight savings was Germany in 1916.

Why did we have to be like Canada and Germany, I do not know.

Daylight savings wasn’t brought to the U.S. until 1918 when President Woodrow Wilson signed it into law during World War I.

Now this I can understand.

World War I was a very expensive war and we needed all the help we could get in that instance. Implementing daylight savings time did help U.S. citizens to save power and help the government fund the effort for the war.

Although once the war was over, daylight savings should have ended as well.

In fact seven months later the seasonal time was repealed.

Daylight savings was put back into place under the presidency of Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1942. This time is was for the war efforts during World War II.

Again, fantastic idea to save money that can be put towards a more pressing cause, but it should’ve ended with WWII.

Personally, daylight savings time has done nothing but give me problems.

Sure gaining an hour of sleep once a year is cool, but losing an hour messes me up so much that it’s worth not having an hour
to gain.

Probably the worst part of daylight savings was the dark winter mornings. Nothing makes me want to go back to bed then waking up in the morning and the sun isn’t even up yet.

I remember when I was little and I had to wake up for grade school. I would have to walk to school during the dark and cold winter morning wondering whether or not I would even make it to school.

I know that some people think it’s cool to stay up until 2 a.m. and watch the clock change right to 3 a.m. Wow, it must be so exciting to watch the clock change.

In the end daylight savings is an outdated way to save power. It really doesn’t save anything.

Especially with today’s technology and how people’s lifestyles are I feel that people still go about their day whether it’s light or dark out.

She Said: Kelsey Hor

Coming back from spring break is always a bittersweet moment. Obviously if you went away somewhere for spring break it’s normal for you to never want to go back to all the work and struggles of the real world.

This spring break however was an interesting one because we were blessed with the beautiful calendar event called day light savings time.

Now I can understand Anthony’s point of view of the topic. Sure, day light savings time is definitely a pain because you loose an hour.

I mean then again who wants to loose an hour of sleep, loose an hour of possibly studying to get ready for that exam in the beginning of the week after break, or even loose an hour of fun that you could be spending with family and friends.

Although these points make day lights savings time seem terrible, it actually is quite not at all that bad. I mean if you think about it, day light savings time could be a good thing. I would like to think of it as a positive way to get into the warm seasons of spring and summer.

All those people who disliked when it was 5 o’clock at night already dark out well, here’s your lucky time of the year.

No more walking out of your daily workdays and seeing a dark sky and
automatically feeling tried because you think it is later in the night than it already is.

Wouldn’t everyone like to get out of work and still feel like they still have sometime in the day to relax and just enjoy a bit of the day for themselves to do with whatever they want and please

Personally it was quite an annoying factor that when I had to go to my late classes at 5 p.m. it was dark out. It made me sleepy in class and just left me feeling so exhausting.

Who wants that after an already long day of work and classes?

For those people for instance who hate the cold weather this is the perfect way to tell that those long brittle winter days are almost gone for the year.

It’s soon time to put those long sleeve shirts back in the storage closet. All those extra layers of clothes and accessories like scarves, warm hats and gloves can say adios for another few months at least.

If you want to still do any winter sports like snowboarding and skiing before this years season is up, I would suggest doing it fast before the ice melts and the warmer weather comes.

Spring means back to the nice beautiful weather possibly with cute sundresses, or for the guys wearing tanks and shorts.

Longer days mean more fun. It’s more time to relax, more time to cram for that assignment or exam and more time to spend time with friends and family all in one day.

Maybe you have said, “there is just not enough hours in the day.” Well in this case during this time of the year you got what you wished for. More daylight within the day hours means mentally more time to get things done and maybe even have sometime for yourself.

Whether you like the idea of daylight savings time or not, I hope this time around in the year you make sometime to some fun for yourself and enjoy the day while it still last.

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