John Wheeler: Welcome to Daylight Saving Time
It was first introduced in the United States in 1918 and studies on its benefits are conflicting at best.
FARGO — This morning, most of us have either overslept or lost an hour of sleep during the night. Last night, 2 a.m. officially became 3 a.m. so that the morning light would come an hour later, thereby extending the light of day another hour into the evening. This is Daylight Saving Time. This implementation of time-zone manipulation is an endeavor to increase national production while reducing spending by having more daylight in the evening when more people are awake.
It was first introduced in the United States in 1918 and has always been controversial. Studies on its benefits are conflicting at best. For some people, the change in time is a minor event. For others, however, it is a semi-annual problem. Last March, the U.S. Senate passed a bill to send the nation in to permanent Daylight Saving Time, but the House never took it up, and the bill died. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, recently reintroduced the bill in the Senate.