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Let’s set the clock and leave it.
No daylight saving time.
Switching the clock back, as we just did, or forward, as will happen in the spring, is only one more thing to do when there is enough stuff to take up time.
First, we have to remember to do it. Then, if we do remember, we must adjust to it. Our inner clock sometimes takes time to catch up with the outer one.
The idea of daylight saving time came about during World War I. In an effort to save fuel needed to produce electric power, Germany and Austria moved the hands of the clock forward at 11 p.m. on April 30, 1916. Other countries immediately started to adjust their clocks, and by 1917 more than a couple dozen countries had adopted daylight saving time.
The U.S. Congress enacted daylight saving time on March 19, 1918. It was very unpopular and was repealed in 1919 after the war. States were left to decide whether to retain it; a few did.
Daylight saving time was reinstituted during World War II, and after the war states and communities were given authority to decide whether to continue it or repeal it.
This created a certain amount of confusion, and Congress and a president or two weighed in with various dates for daylight saving time.
Since 2007, daylight saving time has started at 2 a.m. on the second Sunday of March and ended at 2 a.m. on the first Sunday of November.
Even after 10 years, people still wonder which days in the spring and fall to change the clocks.
Change isn’t always necessary; this might be one of those instances.