I loved Norman Plombe's letter about eliminating dumb laws, and wanted to add another to the list: daylight saving time [“ALE Laws Hinder Sunday Morning Religious Activities, March 7 Xpress].
Sorry, folks, you can't save daylight. The Earth spins at a fixed rate. If you want to make your day longer, run or swim in a westward direction at about 1,000 miles per hour, and you will never see a sunset. For the rest of us, we can decide when to wake up and go to sleep without the government telling us to change it up every spring and fall.
I suggest that North Carolina legislators go ahead and opt us out of this stupidity, joining Arizona and half of Indiana (and China, India and, just this year, Russia). It's truly ridiculous that this pointless practice is actually an act of Congress. There is no logical reason for disrupting everyone's circadian rhythm twice a year just to satisfy politicians' desire to prove that their constituents will blindly swallow anything they enact.
And to anyone who forwards some reason that DST benefits them, I would counter their argument with the availability of electric lights, which have been around since the 1870s. Shall we quit acting like we depend solely on the sun for illumination, literally and figuratively?
— Mary Anne Quinn