Reader: Forget daylight saving

Posted: Tuesday, March 20, 2007

“If I could put time in a bottle ...”

Time can be defined as the system of sequential relations of indefinite continuous duration that measures events with respect to the past present or future. Light, as in daylight, can be defined as electromagnetic radiation to which the organs of sight react to make things visible or illuminated. By definition neither “time” nor “light” can be saved.

Energy savings promoted by daylight saving time is transitory and available energy saved is usually squandered or spent in another manner.

Alaska has double daylight saving time through much of the year. In the early 1980s, the state Legislature in ignoring the relevance of technical authority combined Alaska’s four time zones into one. The motivation was to be closer to the Lower 48. But now with electronic communication this case is no longer valid.

DST causes a waste of energy. On an Alaska winter morning, lights are turned on, rooms are heated, meals are cooked and vehicles started during the coldest part of the day.

Since the dawn of time, noon has been the central measure of the day. In many parts of Alaska, the sun passes the zenith after 2 p.m. This disruption in the lifestyle causes both insomnia and obesity. The changing of clocks and computers is arduous. At the cusp of the change accidents spike, meetings are missed and citizens’ are alienated from government.

We must stand together to stop daylight saving time. It is just another method to subordinate citizens by a government that wants people to work 27 hour days until they are 94 years old.

DST is a lazy way for claiming energy savings. The result is more heating and global climate change.

Many other methods of energy savings are available. But elected officials driven by the populism and compulsive consumption of our current culture are afraid to make decisions of a technical nature.

1. Reducing and enforcing speed limits would save an immense amount of oil.

2. The mail could be delivered only five days a week, Tuesday through Saturday. (The USPS is closed a lot of Mondays anyway.)

3. Schools could shut down for six weeks during the coldest part of the winter.

4. Special events schedules such as professional sporting events and NASCAR could be severely reduced.

5. Computer programs are available to optimize school bus, garbage pickup and delivery routes.

The list is endless. But, DST is one of the cheapest and inconvenient excuses for energy saving. Call your elected officials today and let them know your feelings.

Ken Markve

Anchor Point

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