I DON’T KNOW ABOUT YOU, but I’m tired of falling back and springing ahead twice a year. I’m talking about daylight saving time.
Maybe I should move to Arizona because that state (with the exception of the Navajo Nation there) does not observe daylight saving time. Hawaii also does not use DST — at all.
By the way, Happy Halloween everyone, and don’t forget to set your clocks back one hour on Sunday, Nov. 3, at 2 a.m.
I feel sorry for the poor soul who has the thankless job of having to change the clock at Nashua City Hall. The outdoor clock is mounted on the cupola high above where a golden eagle is proudly perched. And no, I’m not sure exactly how the reset is done.
I don’t like being on the Eastern Time Zone schedule, and neither do some Nashua folks and other Granite Staters I talk to.
It may sound silly, but seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a real thing, and symptoms of sadness, moodiness and a lack of energy can pop up during autumn and continue into the winter months. Light therapy is often used as a treatment, and I have met two local women — one young and one older — who have received therapy for SAD. Seeing the sun set around 4 p.m. on a frigid winter day in Nashua is gloomy in every aspect of that word. Everything from traffic accidents to workplace injuries, heart attacks and suicides all begin climbing after the clocks are changed, statistics show.
The solution, I say, is to have New Hampshire switch to the Atlantic Time Zone. That way, we could all enjoy year-round daylight saving time. Really now, is it a crime to want a later sunset?
New Hampshire lawmakers have come close to “locking the clock.” Last April, the House passed a bill (HB567) to remove New Hampshire from Eastern Standard Time and convert to Atlantic Standard Time all year. By the way, no one from the Gate City was a sponsor of the bill.
The glitch here is that our neighbors in Massachusetts and Maine would also have to jump on board, which they, too, have been trying to do. But, not so fast. Then we would need to obtain permission from the U.S. Department of Transportation for the time zone switch.
Unfortunately, the latest action on this issue went like this at the State House: Inexpedient to legislate, motion adopted by voice vote — Bill killed —; 05/30/2019; Senate Journal 18.
Daylight saving time feels antiquated to me. Or as Bay State Rep. Timothy Cahill has argued: “It seems like a 20th-century policy that has outlived its usefulness in the 21st-century world.”
The European Parliament voted last March to end the obligatory one-hour clock change extending daylight hours in summer. According to the BBC, “The proposal requires states to stop the twice-yearly clock change from 2021, and choose either permanent summertime or wintertime,”
Around here, I hope change is on the horizon, but don’t hold your breath to #LockTheClock.