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March 22, 2014
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Kill daylight saving time


If a politician wanted to be a hero and serve the public in a helpful manner here is a tip, stop daylight saving time. The idea of a daylight saving time made sense for some states and farmers years ago. Daylight saving time does not add additional daylight or hours in a day. Today in the great state of Nevada, many do not understand why we keep the time change. It is extremely difficult on children and animals, as well as adults. The first American to advocate for daylight saving was Benjamin Franklin. He realized in 1784 that many people burned candles at night yet slept past dawn in the summer, wasting early-morning sunlight.

Arizona and Hawaii maintain a great standard of living that excludes a time change. We pride ourselves in Nevada of being independent and smart enough to recognize a bad idea, with a little help we can fix this.

In 2005, Kazakhstan abolished daylight saving time, citing negative health effects. The country’s government reportedly calculated that 51.6 percent of Kazakhs responded badly to the time change.

Daylight saving time has mixed effects on people’s health. Transitions into and out of DST can disturb people’s sleeping patterns, making them restless at night. Night owls tend to be more bothered by the time changes, than people who like mornings, Finnish researchers concluded in 2008.

People are safer drivers during daylight hours, and researchers have found that DST reduces lethal car crashes and pedestrian strikes. In fact, a study concluded that observing DST year-round would annually prevent about 195 deaths of motor vehicle occupants and about 171 pedestrian fatalities.

There is a spike in heart attacks during the first week of daylight saving time, according to another study published in 2008. The loss of an hour’s sleep may make people more susceptible to an attack, some experts say. When daylight saving time ends in the fall, heart attacks briefly become less frequent than usual.

In Las Vegas, they are very proud of their lights, so daylight savings is only an inconvenience that affects their sleep. From Gardnerville to Reno we are just east of the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range so in the winter we really suffer. Genoa for example does not need to be dark at 3 p.m. in the afternoon; they are simply victims of the current time change. Most people and critters east of the Sierra’s would like a little more sun in the cold winter afternoons.

So if you want to be a popular politician, get the daylight saving time to stay all winter, let us stay “year round.” If you have not figured out voters would prefer to end the time change and keep daylight saving time.

One registered voted named.

Timothy M. De Turk


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