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End daylight saving time

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014, 9:00 p.m.
 

This business with spring forward/fall back with the clocks has to go. It is very disruptive — changing the clocks, people being early or late, cows not wanting to give milk.

Some research shows the change to daylight saving time can be blamed for an increase in heart attacks during the first few days afterward.

Hawaii and parts of Florida, Indiana and Arizona don't participate. Imagine how confusing that is for travelers. Russia and even some Third World countries were smart enough to end the time changes.

Here's a simple solution: Move the clocks back just one half-hour this fall and leave them. A half-hour isn't going to make much of difference.

The argument that the change saves energy doesn't fly. What difference does it make if you turn on the lights and air conditioning in the morning or at night?

Let's have a referendum — put it on the ballot and let the voters decide.

If you agree that daylight saving time problems could be eliminated by the half-hour change, tell your congressman you want this issue to be on the ballot in November.

Pat Condelli

New Kensington

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