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Letter: Ending daylight saving time is a terrible idea

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Letter to the editor

Deseret News

Utah going on daylight saving time year-round as proposed in a bill by Sen. Harper is a terrible idea. This would mean that on Nov. 3, the sun would rise at 8 a.m. and would rise progressively later until Dec. 20, when it would rise at 8:51. am. It would rise at that time until Jan. 12 when it would then start to rise earlier but it would not start rising before 8 a.m. until March 2.

This would mean that the majority of schoolchildren in Utah would be going to school in the dark of night for four or five months of the year, or in other words, half of the school year. Talk about a safety issue. Children walking, biking or driving to school in the dark is more dangerous. Even dropping them off by car or catching the bus in the dark is more dangerous.

In addition, psychiatrists say that people with depression need bright light shortly after they get up, not more light at the end of the day. Bright light suppresses melatonin production and wakes us up. How can we expect children who arrive at school in the dark to be fully awake for their classes?

Sen. Harper cites polls that say people prefer the later time. I wonder if those people really understand what daylight saving time in December or January looks like. They associate daylight saving with the long days of summer. I don’t know anybody who is a fan of “spring forward” every year in March, but this is definitely not the way to solve that problem.

Paula Bergeson

Orem