Should New York Get Rid Of Daylight Saving Time?
Here in New York, we fall back an hour in the fall time, and spring a head a hour in the spring. Is daylight saving time even necessary?
Daylight saving time here in the United States was first proposed by Benjamin Franklin in a 1784 essay “An Economical Project for Diminishing the Cost of Light.” The theory was that people could save on candles by getting out of bed earlier in the morning, making use of the natural morning light instead. However, it wasn't until World War One that Europe and the United States actually put a plan in place:
During World War I, in an effort to conserve fuel, Germany began observing DST on May 1, 1916. The rest of Europe soon followed. The plan was not adopted in the United States until the Standard Time Act of March 19, 1918, which confirmed the existing standard time zone system and set summer DST to begin on March 31, 1918 (reverting October 27). The idea was unpopular and Congress abolished DST after the war, overriding President Woodrow Wilson's veto. DST became a local option and was observed in some states until World War II, when President Franklin Roosevelt instituted year-round DST, called "War Time", on February 9, 1942. It lasted until the last Sunday (the 30th) in September 1945. After 1945 many states and cities east of the Mississippi River (and mostly north of the Ohio and Potomac rivers) adopted summer DST.
Since then, there has been so many changes to the law that you would need a hour to properly pay attention to it all. So as of today, do all states participate? The answer is no. Arizona and Hawaii do not follow daylight saving time and it doesn’t seem to create any problems for them. So why even bother anymore with it here in New York?
WIVB is reporting that a Niagara County lawmaker wants to put a stop to daylight saving time here in New York. Assemblyman Angelo Morinello has submitted a bill to get ride of daylight saving time.
“When you look at the health affects, it really and truly needs to be addressed. The Monday after a switch to daylight savings serious workplace accidents spikes heart attacks spike strokes spike."
Morinello is using evidence that backs that daylight saving time is more harmful than good. Do you agree?