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Changing our clocks again, probably not for the last time



Over the weekend we set our clocks ahead by one hour. Could it be the last time? There are rumors that the United States is ending the practice of changing our clocks twice a year. Not quite. While the Senate passed the Sunshine Protection Act unanimously last year, it remains stuck in the House and is far from becoming law. The legislation would make Daylight Saving Time permanent, ending the bi-annual clock change. The idea has plenty of support. A new poll by YouGuv shows more than six in ten Americans want to “lock the clock” and stop the practice of setting our clocks forward or behind. But should it be to adopt Daylight Saving Time permanently or to revert permanently to standard time? That is less clear. The poll also reveals that while a majority of Americans say they prefer daylight saving time, what they want out of a time change are the values they would get under permanent standard time. So it seems we don’t really know what time we want it to be, and there seems little consensus among lawmakers to make a change. So, enjoy the extra hour of afternoon sun, and get ready to turn our clocks back again eight months from now.

Scott Robert Shaw serves as WIZM Program Director and News Director, and delivers the morning news on WKTY, Z-93 and 95.7 The Rock. Scott has been at Mid-West Family La Crosse since 1989, and authors Wisconsin's only daily radio editorial, "As I See It" heard on WIZM each weekday morning and afternoon.

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  1. Darin

    March 13, 2023 at 1:53 pm

    People complain more about it in Spring than in Fall, for obvious reasons.

  2. Sharon Schultz

    March 20, 2023 at 3:21 pm

    I think it should stray one time–regular time. We will adjust our daily living patterns to it. Changing back and forth is hard on our bodies.

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