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Why do we change the time?

The Mayans may have had a crazy complex calendar, but they never had the nerve to believe humans can actually change the time. Only “rational” Western society would be so audacious.

The year I spent living in Guatemala in the mid-90s was the first time in my life I was not subjected to DST. I can’t say that I noticed it, but that is kind of the point, isn’t it? The last year the state of Indiana did not do DST was the first year I lived there. It was wonderful! Then Mitch Daniels was elected with the campaign promise that putting Indiana on DST would push the state into the 21st century. In a democracy, you pay for what you get.

There are numerous public health implications of Daylight Savings Time. Individual circadian rhythms are disrupted by the autumn and spring time shifts, never a good thing for those of us living with a mood disorder. Research shows that the rate of heart attacks is higher during the first work week after the time change in comparison to the other 50 weeks of the year. The rate of traffic accidents increases following the shift into DST.

Of course, there are instances when the time should be changed, or at least the keeping of it should. Such is the case with the clock face of Alumni Tower at my alma mater, Western Carolina University.

WCU clock tower


Matthew Timothy Bradley


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