Daylight Savings Time

I wonder how much longer we can use the term Daylight Savings Time with credibility. During my childhood and the majority of my adult life, the year was split up the middle—6 months of Daylight Savings Time and 6 months of Standard Time. Daylight Savings Time would begin on the last Sunday in April at 2 AM and end on the last Sunday in October at 2 AM. On or about 1986, the start of Daylight Savings Time was moved up to the from the last Sunday in April to the first Sunday in April. In 2005, they extended it again; now the second Sunday in March to the first Sunday in November. How does it convolute the terms Daylight Savings Time and Standard Time?

 If Daylight Savings Time is now more than 6 months a year, hasn’t Daylight Savings Time become the standard? Can you really call it Standard Time when it is only in effect about 4 ½ months a year? I think the time has come to refer to Daylight Savings Time, the majority of the year, as Standard Time and the old standard, the parts of the year Daylight Savings Time is not in effect, as, oh, say, Winter Time. 2:00 on a sunny April afternoon in Connecticut would be referred to as 2:00 PM EST, the new Eastern Standard Time, and 2:00 on a snowy, blustery afternoon in February would be referred to as 2:00 PM EWT (Eastern Winter Time).

 Kind of like buying your first used car when you get your license circa age 16 and it has a stick shift and a clutch. You say you know how to drive standard. Back in the days when General Motors was still perfecting the Hydromatic and only putting it on the expensive cars, you would be correct because new cars on the lot would be sold with this transmission and you had to order it special or buy a more expensive option package to get an automatic transmission. Truth be told, the standard transmission is the one that comes with car on the lot, which could be a 6-speed stick shift, a traditional automatic, or a Shiftronic; an automatic transmission that allows you to push the lever off to the side and change gears manually by tapping the lever towards either the plus or the minus. Whichever one comes with the base model of that particular car. Today, if you are 16, just got your license, and you buy a used car with gearshift lever and a clutch, you say you know how to drive manual.

 In the Internet and social media era, we have become pretty much a 24/7 society and some people advocate Daylight Savings Time 12 months a year—no more bi-annual changing the clocks. I admit I have mixed feelings about that; a major side effect is schoolchildren will be waiting for school buses when it is still pitch black. But if we went that route, we could simply eliminate the middle letter and just say 2:00 PM ET (Eastern Time unprototyped). Until then, the term Standard Time should refer to most of the time.

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