Editorial: Lawmakers' plan to change time needs further study

Feb. 18, 2014 @ 11:35 PM

Does anyone actually like the spring-forward effect of daylight saving time?

Probably not, as many people have voiced opinions in support of Tennessee House Bill 1909, which seeks to end Tennessee's practice of the long-held tradition.

"This state exempts itself from the observation of the advancement of time between two o’clock a.m. (2:00 a.m.) on the second Sunday in March each year and ending at two o’clock a.m. (2:00 a.m.) on the first Sunday of November of the same year," the bill reads, simply.

The bill would take effect on July 1, if passed, according to the Knoxville News-Sentinel.

Since daylight saving time's jump forward would have already happened by that point, we'd, in effect, be making daylight saving time permanent.

What's not simple is how the move would affect the state in relation to its neighbors.

Does anyone really want six months a year when a jaunt into a neighboring state results in an hour time difference? An hour time difference between East Tennessee and Atlanta, Asheville, Lexington, Cincinnati and the major East Coast markets would be difficult. How about the fact that all those announced Eastern Time starts for ballgames and television shows would be an hour off?

Figuring out when we should and shouldn't call friends and family across the country would create problems even those who thought up the Common Core math system couldn't follow. The costs of implementing the change in software systems and elsewhere could cause unforeseen problems as well.

Most can agree that changing the time twice a year is for the birds, but, in our opinion, it's an all or nothing kind of thing. Either every state ditches the practice, or we stay where we are.

The best move for state government would be to further study the bill and its possible repercussions on the state. If it's a win-win, convince our neighboring states to do it as well. Perhaps the federal governement would follow.

Going it alone isn't the way to go.