The Water Cooler – Daylight Saving Time

March 7, 2014 12:13 pm · 66 comments

The “Water Cooler” is a feature on where we ask you a question or provide a topic, and you talk about it!

The “Water Cooler” will be up Monday-Friday at noon!

Daylight Saving Time begins this Sunday.

What’s your opinion on changing the clocks? Do you like it, or do you think it’s a thing of the past that we should discontinue?

Talk about it!

Nick March 7, 2014 at 12:14 PM

Hate it.

Gary March 7, 2014 at 12:18 PM

Get rid of it. It serves no useful purpose. Arizona doesn’t change its clocks and they haven’t had any problems. For the naysayers who want to follow what Europe does (you know who you are), let’s emulate them and NOT change clocks.

Dee March 7, 2014 at 12:19 PM

Love it can’t wait!! Do not like having my evenings totally dark from like 5 on just plain dreary

just a concordian March 7, 2014 at 12:20 PM

Sucks for you Nick… you can’t even blame Obama on this. Or anyone else for that matter

Dorothy March 7, 2014 at 12:20 PM

Give it up. Let nature set its own time.

Enfield303 March 7, 2014 at 12:27 PM

Pick one and go with it.

It's stupid... March 7, 2014 at 12:28 PM

get rid of it.

Silva March 7, 2014 at 12:31 PM

I’d prefer falling back again.

Antler March 7, 2014 at 12:41 PM

I wish it would STAY Daylight Saving Time!

oldman March 7, 2014 at 12:44 PM

Do you know how stupid is your comment

Happy Friday! March 7, 2014 at 12:47 PM

It doesn’t matter either way. I currently like it because I enjoy lighter evenings, but if they were to do away with it, it would be no big deal.

As long as I remember to set the clocks, I’m a happy camper!

Anon March 7, 2014 at 12:47 PM

not necessary these days

The Grant March 7, 2014 at 12:48 PM

Antiquated. World doesnt revolve around railroads anymore

Kristina March 7, 2014 at 12:53 PM

I like it when we get an extra hour not when we lose an hour

Let's Compromise.... March 7, 2014 at 12:53 PM

Set all clocks ahead 1/2 hour on Sunday and leave them there forever.

Jess March 7, 2014 at 12:56 PM

Love it in the fall when we gain an hour of sleep. Hate it in the spring when we lose an hour. Let’s get rid of it. I saw on the news that the number of heart attacks and car accidents rises dramatically on the Monday after Daylight Savings Time begins in the spring.

Tiffany March 7, 2014 at 1:06 PM

Yes! Do away with it-what good does it do. Let’s model after the Europeans and stop changing the times.

working mom March 7, 2014 at 1:14 PM

I like it being lighter later so I can get out and do my exercising and not have to worry about it being dark when I get off work. I still have a little time.

Michelle March 7, 2014 at 1:15 PM

Anon, couldn’t have said it better. Personally, I enjoy having a few extra hours of daylight.

Michelle March 7, 2014 at 1:18 PM

@Let’s Compromise….
That might actually work, everyone will be a half an hour early for work until the time changes again. 🙂

Anon777 March 7, 2014 at 1:25 PM

Not necessary, but stop it after Spring Forward because we want it lighter at night!

RIII March 7, 2014 at 1:42 PM

I fail to find any benefit to this antiquated idea that we are saving anything. Why are we continuing to use it? The folks in Arizona and in Hawaii don’t have to bother with resetting their clocks twice a year and I don’t hear them trying to participate in this. Time for some “Hope and Change” (hope they stop it and change from daylight savings time to real time). Where is the benefit except that we have to reset most everything we own that has a clock including the oven, the microwave, the clock in the car, all other appliances and even a few old fashioned clocks around the house.

itsme March 7, 2014 at 1:45 PM

Let’s keep Daylight Savings Time! It makes sense to me. I for one feel so much more energized when it’s light. More time for being outside in the fresh air and perhaps getting some exercise?

Cowellian March 7, 2014 at 1:45 PM

The Tennessee Legislature is considering a bill to keep Daylight Savings Time all year. I like the idea.

Left3rd March 7, 2014 at 2:01 PM

We don’t need it, and it just causes trouble. Leave the clocks alone!

ClayDen March 7, 2014 at 2:02 PM

I’m OK with it, and especially enjoy the later sunsets in the summer. If we had to choose one, I’d vote for permanent DST.

Mayor, thanks for the correct heading of Daylight SAVING time March 7, 2014 at 2:02 PM

not Savings time. Savings belong in your bank, not on your clock.

a March 7, 2014 at 2:08 PM


See Jane March 7, 2014 at 2:11 PM

Please let’s leave it one way or the other. It is such a pain for little kids and anyone else who has a routine sleeping schedule. I think the only reason we change back and forth is so the fire department can remind us to change the batteries in our smoke detectors.

Cuzzzzzzzzzzzzz March 7, 2014 at 2:18 PM

I agree with #15 set them ahead 30 min and call it a day… done with the entire sh*ttery

Jojo Potato March 7, 2014 at 2:26 PM

I’m still wondering where all this saved daylight is being kept. Is there a strategic daylight reserve storage facility in a salt mine down in Louisiana somewhere? Like a long tunnel with mirrors that reflect the light back and forth until it’s time to let it out in the fall? Probably a Halliburton contract.

Don March 7, 2014 at 2:26 PM

Till Roenneberg, a chronobiologist at Ludwig-Maximilians University in Munich, Germany, said in 2010 his studies show that our circadian body clocks—set by light and darkness—never adjust to gaining an “extra” hour of sunlight at the end of the day during daylight saving time.

CatWoman March 7, 2014 at 2:26 PM

Yes, no need to go backwards let the time spring forward and leave it.

Diablo March 7, 2014 at 2:31 PM

Split it by a half an hour and lock it in.

THE DST Witch March 7, 2014 at 2:42 PM

I for despise this changing of the clocks. I can deal with just about anytime change but this one hour thing twice a year really screws me up sleep wise. Stay up much later but still have to get up at the ungodly hour of 4am. Less sleep makes for a very unfocused and crabby person.

The Professor March 7, 2014 at 2:45 PM

@Oldman #10
Talk like Yoda, you do. Also, you end a question with a question mark. I hate to be the grammar police, but this guy is too much.

Regarding the question, I hate losing the hour of sleep. Otherwise it is a non-event.

RunnerDope March 7, 2014 at 2:52 PM

I like DST. Here’s why. I like to jog after work in the open space. Around late October, there’s not enough time to jog even with DST. That’s when DST takes that extra hour of daylight and moves to the morning so I don’t have to go to work in the dark. Then in March, when I don’t need the hour in the morning anymore, it changes back to the evening so I have time to jog.
Couldn’t be more perfect!

Uh, hold on there, March 7, 2014 at 2:59 PM

Then how we gonna remember to check our fire
alarm batteries ?

unknown March 7, 2014 at 3:01 PM

Waste of time.

Hate it March 7, 2014 at 3:17 PM

just more government control of the populace.

Shasta Daisy March 7, 2014 at 3:22 PM

I hate resetting my circadian clock.

I vote to keep Daylight Saving Time 365 days a year.

MikeT March 7, 2014 at 3:32 PM

I remember a story I read here last year about a Indian saying only the White man can cut a foot off the top of a three foot blanket, sow it on the bottom, and call it a longer blanket!

MrDioji March 7, 2014 at 3:32 PM

I’m always surprised when people complain about losing one hour of sleep one night. The additional hour of light in the evening completely outweighs that, in my opinion…
I personally like it being dark in the mornings again, too. It’s just a mellower way to start the day.
The one thing I will say is that getting the extra hour of daylight in the spring really helps me appreciate being able to do outdoors after work again. It gives me the chance to get all excited about it, rather than if it was the norm all year round. Still, I’d like to keep it on DST all year.

chalkboy8 March 7, 2014 at 3:33 PM

Even a broken circadian clock is right twice a day.

Old Gringo March 7, 2014 at 3:53 PM

Love it more time to BBQ and do gardening in the evenings. Only Arizona and Hawaii are a$$ backwards and don’t do it.

KSM March 7, 2014 at 3:57 PM

I agree 100% wtih MrDioji

Witch of N. Concord March 7, 2014 at 3:58 PM

DST should be all year long. I enjoy being able to see in the late evening.

MadMom March 7, 2014 at 4:46 PM

I don’t like it. I get tired just thinking about it 🙁

Cowellian March 7, 2014 at 5:05 PM

Standard Time was the most depressing in December when it was dark when I went to work and dark when I came home.

Realist March 7, 2014 at 5:06 PM

Dark at 4:30p in the cold winter is just plain depressing. EVERY person at my office complex I have talked to about it agrees. Set it at whatever leaves it light later and keep it that way.

Dorothy March 7, 2014 at 5:31 PM

@ #10 oldman

Snipe! Your turn.

JRConcord March 7, 2014 at 5:57 PM

resetting my clocks twice a year gives me a reason to live.

Stella March 7, 2014 at 5:59 PM

It’s so exhausting…why do that?

@Gary, #2-----Europe DOES have Daylight Saving March 7, 2014 at 6:30 PM

Only they call it European Summer Time.

European Summer Time is the arrangement in Europe by which clocks are advanced by one hour in spring and moved back in autumn, to make the most of seasonal daylight (also called daylight saving time). This is done in all of the countries of Europe except Iceland, Belarus, and Russia. Summer Time was first introduced in some countries during the First World War, then largely abandoned with some exceptions, mostly during the Second World War, until the 1960s and 70s when the energy crisis prompted a wide scale re-introduction. The practice has been fully coordinated across the continent since 1996.

The period extends from 01:00 UTC on the last Sunday in March until 01:00 UTC on the last Sunday in October each year.

Atticus Thraxx March 7, 2014 at 7:06 PM

What I wonder about is time just some linear intellectual construct we use to measure sequential events or is it a fundamental structure of our universe subject to physical laws that it can be stretched and dilated, and even “traveled”? Or both? Or neither?

Love USA March 7, 2014 at 7:19 PM

Love both standard and daylight savings time…

Ted K., SuperMax March 7, 2014 at 8:10 PM


I could use the extra daylight after a day at the office to work on the garden and yard.


Mimi (original) March 7, 2014 at 8:46 PM

Oh. My. Freaken. Gawd. Leave time alone!!

FamilyGuy March 7, 2014 at 10:18 PM

Just love trying to put the kids to bed while the sun is still up.

Sold March 7, 2014 at 10:57 PM

I don’t like it. I like when it is dark longer. We get PLENTY of sun around here, no need to push it further. Winter is too quick. I don’t like that we don’t have a say in it either.

Valerie Tate March 7, 2014 at 11:21 PM

Spring forward and stay there. Sunny states don’t need to change the clock as shown by Arizona and Hawaii.

foxylady March 8, 2014 at 5:02 AM

Hate it! I work the graveyard shift. My employer is so cheap they actually make us use an hour of leave time when we spring forward. They refuse to pay overtime when we fall back. This is a state job. Civil service…

Dr. Jellyfinger® March 8, 2014 at 8:27 AM

What would be really cool is if mankind ever develops the technology for actual time travel! Then we could spin the dial, push the button & kazammo! A flash of electric energy, a puff of blue smoke & when the smoke clears I can stand there and say to my fellow travelers “I wonder “when” we are?” That would be so cool…. although the more I think about it, that may have been something Doug said to Tony in the old “Time Tunnel” series. Oh, and screw Daylight Saving Time.

Just me March 8, 2014 at 4:31 PM

Considering that we invented time I don’t really see the point. In the summer the days area get in TW winter they are shorter. It’s been this way since the earth formed.

Declaring that on x day it’s now x time is pointless.
But I only dislike springing forward. Don’t mind the extra hour when we fall back

Noflow March 10, 2014 at 1:22 AM

There are no real reasons for DST. There is a pattern of increased traffic accidents for the first six weeks or so every time the change occurs. I feel the lives saved and property damage averted would be worth not having to change the clocks twice a year.
Go Arizona!
“Its a dry heat!”

Gary March 10, 2014 at 7:54 AM


Thx, learn something new every day…..

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