Up for Debate: Daylight Saving Time

Monday, March 11, 2013 at 11:39pm

Should we end the practice of Daylight Saving Time as one White House petition suggests, or is there reason to maintain it?

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167 Comments on this post:

By: gdiafante on 3/12/13 at 5:04

The only time it's really annoying is in Spring, and that's just because we lose an hour. It's probably more psychological than physiological anyway. Personally, I don't mind DST.

By: govskeptic on 3/12/13 at 5:50

What a petty subject to be talking about in this forum. Our legislature is
attempting to strip even more of the very few Consumer Protections that
are afforded us with the Tenn Regulatory Agency by the gas companies
and cable companies with virtually no mention by the Nashville Press.

Whether controlled by the Democratic or Republican party they fool the
public and especially the press with an entire sessions of BS on other
subjects, all the while planning their worst to pass at the very end each yr.
This year's will be no better, but possible even worst without any debate
or publicity until it already passed into law. The petition mention in this
question will go no where, hundred of these are brought up in Washington often.

By: Captain Nemo on 3/12/13 at 5:55

I am with gdia on this, I don’t mind the change.

However I do suppose that this is something for people to complain about in their dull lives. Both yogi and Rasputin seem to find the need to criticized.

By: gdiafante on 3/12/13 at 6:02

Of course the petition is going nowhere, but the issue isn't. People have been complaining about DST for a while. They even pushed it back (or forward, depending upon your point of reference) a few years ago.

By: treehugger7 on 3/12/13 at 6:17

It's a stupid, futile way to pretend we are doing something constructive. Gov had it right. Putting children to bed when the sun is still out is ridiculous! Just leave things alone. The energy savings is miniscule. The drowsy driving after the change is more worrisome than "wasted energy".

By: Captain Nemo on 3/12/13 at 6:22

That is something I was not aware of gov? It seem that this Tea Bagger/ Republicans will not be satisfied until they have eradicated everything that stands in the way of there corporate masters.

By: Captain Nemo on 3/12/13 at 6:28

Yesterdays funnies.

Once again our ranting malfunctioning antediluvian idiot from Gordonsville is wrong.

By: yogiman on 3/11/13 at 6:11

A farm is a plot of land of over 5 acres, bfra. So if you own 5.01 acres, by golly, you've got a farm. And the first thing you should do with your farm is to spread a load of sh!t over it like you're doing on this site.

So shall we call you 'slick six' posters on this site a bunch of farmers?

Definition of farm (n)
bing.com • Bing Dictionary
[ faarm ]

1. agricultural land and buildings: an area of land where crops are grown or animals are reared for commercial purposes, together with appropriate buildings

2 .place producing particular animals or crops: an area of land or water where particular animals, birds, fish, or crops are raised for commercial purposes

3. farm buildings: a farmhouse or group of farm buildings

Synonyms: ranch, cattle farm, dairy farm, sheep farm, fish farm, plantation, smallholding

I believe yogi’s definition of a farm is what is defined by Smith County Codes. So just by you’re stating that a plot of land of over 5 acres is not all. Farms come in many sizes and are smaller than the 5 acres than you say. I think is has to be over 10 acres in Davidson County.

You need to look father into your statements, yogi before making a bigger fool of yourself.

BTW yogi;
A farm is an area of land, or, for aquaculture, lake, river or sea, including various structures, devoted primarily to the practice of producing and managing food (produce, grains, or livestock), fibres and, increasingly, fuel. It is the basic production facility in food production.[1] Farms may be owned and operated by a single individual, family, community, corporation or a company. A farm can be a holding of any size from a fraction of a hectare[2] to several thousand hectares.[3]

By: Kosh III on 3/12/13 at 6:37

I have no problem with DST although I can see how some don't like it.
Over the weekend I was in a town which is on the border between Eastern and Central. The sun did not rise until 8am.

What govskeptic and Nemo said is MUCH more significant. We are having our liberties stolen by the fascist theocrats and no one seems to care. Instead we worry about DST, or someone's boob popping out on tv or......

By: Loner on 3/12/13 at 6:38

Good morning, Nashville.

I read the petition; it does not cite any credible references to back up its claims; it is nothing more than a collective subjective opinion.....an opinion that I do not share.

When I was a kid, DST seemed to magically create more time to play, after school and before it got dark...I suppose that I am still emotionally attached to DST in a positive way...besides, it is an unmistakable, irrefutable and most welcome "sign of Spring".

The disruption factor is not generalized and it is temporary....give it a few weeks and all will be fine.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 3/12/13 at 6:40

Exactly, Kosh. wth, right?

By: Captain Nemo on 3/12/13 at 6:41

I hate to come home in the dark, so the DST means it is lighter when I get home. This is more cheering to me.

The trick to life is adopting. For some it is easier and for yogi, nothing is easy.

By: Captain Nemo on 3/12/13 at 6:51

Not all of will be fine, Loner. We have yogi, Rasputin and occasionally budlight. These three are always disturbed.

By: BigPapa on 3/12/13 at 6:56

We need to just leave it this way all year long. There is no good reason to have more light early in the AM as opposed to dark at 4pm.

This and wine in grocery stores just p!ss me off.

By: Captain Nemo on 3/12/13 at 7:03

In which way does it piss you off BigPapa? I’m just curious. It doesn’t matter to me which way.

By: gdiafante on 3/12/13 at 7:11

So what's the difference between it being dark at 4 or 5 in December? Either way, it's going to get dark early. That's nature. Boy, some people here would not adjust well to parts of Alaska.

By: Loner on 3/12/13 at 7:16

While we struggle with the concept of Daylight savings Time, the Cardinals are in their conclave mode; first vote tonight.

A gun debate is scheduled in the US Senate today; Senator Cruz, the Joe McCarthy wannabe from Texas, will be performing his grandstanding theatrics and the senior Senator from TX, John Cornyn, is now being forced to go to the right of the virulent Cruz, to head off a tea-party primary challenge for his seat....it's a contest to see who is the bigger A-hole....Cornyn has his work cut out for him.....Cruz is a world-class A-hole.


By: gdiafante on 3/12/13 at 7:20

Everything is bigger in Texas, loner...

By: Loner on 3/12/13 at 7:23

It seems to me that whenever a Republican incumbent is ousted, by way of Tea-Party primary challenge success, the Democrats should take that as a wake up call...the GOP has gone too far to the right in these cases....they jumped the shark, so to speak.... this creates an opportunity for a moderate or conservative Democrat to snatch a traditionally Republican seat in the Congress. I say give the Tea-baggers rope...they'll hang themselves.

By: Loner on 3/12/13 at 7:24

True dat, Gd...in Texas, even the sphincters are bigger....much bigger.

By: Captain Nemo on 3/12/13 at 7:28

Maybe we should have an amendment to the constitution that the law makers just shoot out on the floor and who every the winner is, that will be the law. If such a law came about, do you think they would come up with a better gun control bill?

By: PKVol on 3/12/13 at 7:31

DST is so much better than standard time, so much so that we spend more time on DST than standard (65% of the year is on DST). I would even go as far as supporting Double DST from the first weekend in May to the last weekend in September. There have been times in the past that the US has utilized DDST.

By: BigPapa on 3/12/13 at 7:38

These are two things that we apparently do "just because we've always done it"

Make DLST the new standard time and be done with it. Everybody benefits from more sunlight in the evening over the morning.

Wine should be sold in grocery stores- period.

By: yogiman on 3/12/13 at 7:59

A little more education, dumba$$. Before I retired my license in December, I was a real estate broker; probably longer than you've been an adult mentally.

The law says you own a farm with a piece of land over 5 acres. Therefore, 5.01 acres says you own a farm (that is if you own it). You can grow crops on it or if you want more bullsh!t, you can have cows.

By: bfra on 3/12/13 at 8:03

The Jack of all trades, master of none has put in his 2 cents. Dumb, but he put it in anyway.

By: yogiman on 3/12/13 at 8:08


I just read where red wine will help you live for 150 years. I don't know if that's from your day of birth or when you start drinking it, but I think I'm going to stop in a local liquor and get me a case.

Wow! can you imagine me being on this site for another 7 decades?

By: bfra on 3/12/13 at 8:13

yogi do you grow short legged goats on that hilly, rocky land?

By: bfra on 3/12/13 at 8:15

Raspy can come up and help you count them. I saw where he was practicing yesterday with the comments on the board. Even with his tail between his legs, he still doesn't impress anybody of substance.

By: bfra on 3/12/13 at 8:17

DST to me is just a disruption., plus,I don't like it being dark at 4:00PM in the Winter time.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 3/12/13 at 8:26

yogi himself qualifies as livestock, bfra.

By: Captain Nemo on 3/12/13 at 8:29

Which law you jackass? Smith County or some other county?

By: Captain Nemo on 3/12/13 at 8:30

Then I suppose Jackass fits LOL

By: Blanketnazi2 on 3/12/13 at 8:31

Most definitely, Nemo.

By: bfra on 3/12/13 at 8:32

Blanket - yogi probably fits right in with those goats, as old as he is, he has to have 1 short leg from walking those hills.

By: brrrrk on 3/12/13 at 8:34

bfra said

"DST to me is just a disruption., plus,I don't like it being dark at 4:00PM in the Winter time."

Actually, DST "extends" the day light hours further into the evening during the summer. The original time is what we observe during the winter... so doing away with DST wouldn't change the fact that it gets dark at 4:00 pm in the winter.

By: yogiman on 3/12/13 at 8:35

Let me throw this little 2 cents to you and you anti-gun fanatics, bfra. Read what they Russian said in the Russian paper Pravda.


How did the dictator take over?

By: yogiman on 3/12/13 at 8:38

And by the way, how did Hitler take over in Germany? How has any dictator taken over a country?

And you "anti-gunners" want to give our guns to someone when you have no idea who in the hell he is.

By: brrrrk on 3/12/13 at 8:39

Ain't it just cute when old racists think their opinions are still relevant?

By: Blanketnazi2 on 3/12/13 at 8:40

I bet he wasn't squawking with Nixon, Reagan and the first Bush wanted gun control.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 3/12/13 at 8:41

And he still hasn't figure out that Pravda is a tabloid. He may as well be reading The Enquirer. LOL - silly old fool.

By: Loner on 3/12/13 at 8:42

In Tennessee, they grant Real Estate Brokers Licenses to people who cannot conjugate the English verb, "to be" in three or more tenses? This explains much....they don't need no steenking education.

In TN, do they consider "converted" school buses and campers to be "real estate"?

By: yogiman on 3/12/13 at 8:47

You know, it's funny, brrrrk,

None of you have any idea whether I'm a Negro or Caucasian, yet you think of me as a racist because I oppose your admired usurper in office because he refuses to identify himself.

So, black or white, I'm a racist because I don't agree with you all in accepting someone who refuses to let you know who in the hell he is.

By: slacker on 3/12/13 at 8:49

I detest the smell of castor oil in the morning...

By: brrrrk on 3/12/13 at 8:50

Gee, what makes you think I'm talking about you? I didn't mention any names. And no one else seems to identify with what I said.... yes, ain't it funny.

By: yogiman on 3/12/13 at 8:51

So, bfra,

What substance do you have in your skull; jelly as your brain? It has to be something beside braincells.

By: bfra on 3/12/13 at 8:52

yogi - Anybody as dumb and fanatical as you, that is in anybody's face that you meet with your BS & your lil book. is noted as someone to avoid. Therefore, your description is known.

By: brrrrk on 3/12/13 at 8:52

As Charlie Daniels says "Ain't it good to be alive, and be in Tennessee."


By: BenDover on 3/12/13 at 8:53

I wish Nashville would swap over to Eastern Time. Getting dark at 4:30p in December really sucks. It would be nice to have another hour of daylight after work.

By: yogiman on 3/12/13 at 8:54

The real estate laws cover all counties, dumba$$.

By: slacker on 3/12/13 at 8:58

How about Mountain time Ben?

By: BenDover on 3/12/13 at 9:00

We're pretty close to the Western edge of the Eastern time zone, Slack. Mountain Zone would suck twice as bad, I think.