DARKE COUNTY — It’s time to “spring forward” once again. Daylight saving time will begin at 2 a.m. Sunday and end at 2 a.m. Nov. 3. Darke County residents are reminded to set their clocks forward one hour Sunday.
A petition to end DST appeared at petitions.whitehouse.gov and received more than 4,000 signatures in just two days, though it must receive more than 95,000 more by April 4.
“The real issue … is not the later hours of extra sunlight. Studies have shown that changing the clocks is responsible for health problems (including increased heart attack and vehicular accident risks) and leads to hundreds of thousands of hours of lost productivity in workplaces across the country. Also: It’s really annoying,” stated the petitioner, who resides in Loveland.
Daylight saving time isn’t a federally-mandated practice, it’s determined state-to-state, as evidenced by Arizona’s non-participation for the past 40 years. It’s a bit confusing, however, when Arizona is on the same time zone as Denver from November to March, but from March to November; they’re in line with California’s time zone, said an abc15.com report. Hawaii is the only other state in the U.S. that does not observe the time change, though until 2005, Indiana didn’t observe daylight saving time, causing confusion when Ohioans would travel across the state’s border and lose an hour.
Here in Ohio, however, it’s time to move the clocks up an hour and enjoy the longer evenings.