Daylight saving not that bad

Letter to the editor

Daylight saving time is a good thing – but so is Standard Time!

To all those who do not want to mess with their clocks, here are some things to think about.

If we don’t “spring” ahead for DST, sunrise in Brookings on the Fourth of July would be at 4:49 a.m, and sunset at 8:14 p.m. Everyone seems to agree that an hour later sunrise and an hour later sunset is the best way to use our summer daylight hours. But sunrise and sunset times become less desirable if we keep DST year-round.

If we do not “fall” back one hour to Standard Time, sunrise would be at 8:36 a.m on Thanksgiving Day and 9:01 a.m. on Christmas Day. Sunset would be 5:52 p.m. on Thanksgiving and 5:53 p.m. on Christmas – not really that much “extra” daylight for the evening, especially when the weather is cold.

If we do not go back to Standard Time in the fall, children have to travel to school in the dark all winter. This could be dangerous at street crossings and for school buses on their routes.

It’s easy to think the grass is greener on the other side of the fence, but actually, changing our clocks for DST and back to Standard Time gives us the best use of our daylight hours for both summer and winter months.