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Thoughts about daylight saving time

Daylight Saving
Graphic by Amanda Bollig.

Daylight saving time is something people either look forward to or despise, depending on one’s schedule.  

Interestingly, eight senators on both sides of the aisle have begun to push against this tradition with a bill called the Sunshine Protection Act. The bill itself would essentially no longer make changing the clocks twice a year a necessity, giving people more daylight hours.  

The creation of daylight saving time was actually not for farmers. In fact, farmers themselves had actually pushed against it when it was first introduced in 1918. It was introduced as a way to save resources and fuel during World War I.  

Students at Kirkwood Community College have varying opinions on switching the clocks.  

Electrical Engineering major Trey Vokoun said, “I like it when it works for you and I guess not when it works against you, right? That extra hour of sleep is always really nice. When we lose the hour that really messes stuff up.”  

Liberal Arts for Linguistics major Murad Salih also voiced his thoughts on daylight saving. “I like it. I like the idea of going forward for spring and going down in the winter. If you are working or if you’re sleeping, you can get some rest. It really helps.”  

For now, Iowa still follows daylight saving time. But perhaps someday, lawmakers will change that. For now, we should expect to gain an hour again on Nov. 7 following the cycle.  

Image courtesy of Amanda Bollig | Kirkwood Communiqué

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