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  • Writer's pictureKelly Knowlden


This weekend we do the change-of-the-clock routine. Fall back, spring ahead. What was an act to preserve daylight and provide standard time for the United States after World War I lasted only one year due to its unpopularity (mostly because people rose earlier and went to bed earlier than people do today) with a Congressional override of President Wilson's veto. President Franklin Roosevelt instituted year-round Daylight Saving Time during World War II. Afterwards, Daylight Saving Time was dependent upon states and localities to decide whether or not to observe it.

The inconsistencies in the observance of Daylight Saving Time created all kinds of problems for train, airline, and bus schedules, as well as the broadcasting industry. After surveys and general public support, the Time Uniformity Committee's goal was accomplished. The Uniform Time Act of 1966 was signed by President Lyndon Johnson and created the present system of Daylight Saving Time. This timing of this law was amended in 1986 and then again in 2005, which extended Daylight Saving Time to begin on the second Sunday of March and end on the first Sunday in November, our present system.

So, this Saturday night you get another hour of sleep. As you rest your head on your pillow, think of God’s statement on time from Psalm 90: “So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom.”

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