Daylight savings time, or “fast time” as it was earlier called, was first conceived in 1784 by American inventor Benjamin Franklin. With the intention of saving on the cost of candles, which were used for lighting in the night hours, Franklin’s idea to utilize daylight hours as long as possible would not be recognized until over 130 years later. After the idea failed to be supported several times, President Franklin D. Roosevelt established the concept for year-round use in the U.S. in 1942.
Washington State is also introducing similar action, intent on recognizing Pacific Standard Time all year. Washington State Representative Elizabeth Scott cited sleep-schedule interferences caused by the bi-annual change, which is believed to increase heart attacks, car accidents and work mishaps. The farmers who originally benefitted by the added hour of daylight say they no longer rely on natural light due to the use of large-scale headlights on their combines. And, as far as dairy cows are concerned, their milking schedules are governed by the sun and not the hands on a clock.
But, having only part of the country changing time twice a year and the rest remaining on their current timetable may become problematic. The downfall to only some of our states ending the observance of daylight savings time would be most challenging for border crossing commuters. It could get real confusing, if the entire country doesn’t recognize the same approach to the time change.