A historic spring forward
by Vyron Mitchell, The Cadiz Record Editor Email Vyron
Mar 29, 2006 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Early Sunday morning, April 2, will be a historic day for Daylight Saving Time. When residents turn their clocks forward at 2 a.m. on Sunday, it will be the final time the tradition is done in April.

On August 8, 2005, President George W. Bush signed the Energy Policy Act of 2005. This Act changed the time change dates for Daylight Saving Time in the U.S. Beginning in 2007, DST will begin on the second Sunday of March and end the first Sunday of November. The Secretary of Energy will report the impact of this change to Congress. Congress retains the right to revert the Daylight Saving Time back to the 2005 time schedule once the Department of Energy study is complete.

The original idea of turning forward clocks by one hour in the spring and back by one hour in the fall, was designed as an energy saving device for the country. And, although Arizona and Hawaii will not participate, the Navajo Nation does. That is significant because the Navajos have such a large presence in three states, including Arizona.

For those who refer to the leaping forward and falling backward as Daylight Savings Time, you may be correct according to Webster, but incorrect officially. The correct and proper referral to the act is Daylight Saving Time – without the s.

But, don’t worry, no daylight is saved, so the small s shouldn’t be a problem.

Although many people will turn their clocks forward by one hour prior to going to bed on Saturday night, to be politically correct, the clocks should be changed at 1:59 a.m. to 3:00 a.m. Sunday morning. (In the fall the process is reversed by switching from 1:59 a.m. to 1:00 a.m.)

The time on Sunday morning was chosen because it was deemed the least disruptive. After all, how many of you are going to be up and active at 1:59 a.m. on a Sunday? It was also selected because there are fewer train schedules that would be disrupted as well as bars and restaurants that would be open.

By changing the clocks at a uniform time, all of the Continental United States will awake on Sunday morning on the same time, depending of course, on your particular time zone.

Changing your clock to reflect Daylight Saving Time has also been chosen by many fire departments around the county to remind homeowners to change batteries in their smoke detectors.

This information is important to remember unless you are going to Hawaii, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, The Virgin Islands or parts of Arizona.

They don’t observe Daylight Saving Time.
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