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Daylight Savings: Some Intervention Still Required

Time to move the clock one hour ahead this weekend.
Time to move the clock one hour ahead this weekend.
Time to move the clock one hour ahead this weekend.

Warwick, RI — Daylight Saving Time takes effect tomorrow, so remember that although many of the devices governed by artificial intelligence will do the work themselves, some still need to be moved ahead an hour the old fashioned, manual way.

While you make note of the minor chore that will save you from finding yourself an hour behind everyone else come Monday morning. Avoid the inconvenience and the embarrassment, and set your clocks ahead an hour at 2 a.m. tomorrow.

In the meantime, some food for thought on the history of the practice:

The idea of Daylight Saving Time was first introduced by Ben Franklin, who suggested in a letter to the Journal of Paris in 1784 titled: “An Economical Project for Diminishing the Cost of Light” that it would make the best use of daylight hours.

National’s “The Strange and Surprising History of Daylight Saving Time”, points out the satirical nature of Franklin’s piece, but hints at the possibility that the US Ambassador to France, an renowned advocate of thrift,  saw the merit in the idea but cloaked it in humor. lists the first use of the practice in the United States in 1918, when President Woodrow Wilson instituted it to support the World War I war effort. After, it fell into sporadic use in America until President Franklin D. Roosevelt brought it back in 1942.

These days, the practice continues on the second Sunday in March.

Rob Borkowski
Author: Rob Borkowski

Rob has worked as reporter and editor for several publications, including The Kent County Daily Times and Coventry Courier, before working for Gatehouse in MA then moving home with Patch Media. Now he's publisher and editor of Contact him at [email protected] with tips, press releases, advertising inquiries, and concerns.

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