Daylight saving time offers an extra hour of light

Friday , July 11, 2014 - 4:08 PM

Daylight Saving time offers an extra hour outside

A cameraman directs his camera to the dome of the Clark Planetarium before Utah residents weighed...

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Editor,

Don’t let a few people who might have relatives in Arizona, take away a wonderful system that has worked well for decades. I Don’t know what Rep. Ronda Menlove’s personal issue with Daylight Saving Time is, but I object to her trying to make a problem out of something that has worked very well for the majority of the state and nation.

Daylight saving time allows us to enjoy the maximum number of daylight hours. We have always loved the warm, long summer evenings that we enjoy in Utah. If allowed to stay on mountain standard time on June 21, the sun would come up at 4:56 a.m. and set at 8:02 p.m. Not many people are going to be enjoying the extra hour from 4:56 a.m. to 5:56 a.m. in the morning, but almost everyone will appreciate it between 8:02 and 9:02 in the evening. The reasons the proponents give for staying on mountain standard time are very weak. Two were given in last week’s Standard article.

1) It would be better for business between us and Arizona. That sounds like hogwash, frankly. How much business is done between Utah and Arizona that would be affected? We do much more business with states east of us than with Arizona.

2) Children would be safer in the morning. It would be no darker in March, when daylight saving goes into effect, than it was two months earlier in January, under Mountain Standard Time.

The reality of this proposal is that it caters to the preferences of a small portion of our citizens. I hope that we will let our voices be heard and not let them push this poor idea through. Let’s keep our daylight saving time and continue to enjoy our summers. Let your voices be heard at www.business.utah.gov/time.

Randy Winn

North Ogden

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