Daylight Saving Time

Gigi Torres

As we all know, Daylight saving time is just around the corner. On Sun, March 12, 2023, at 2:00 AM, we will be moving our clocks an hour forward. As the whole United States switches their clocks, there are some states who don’t do daylight savings time. The states that don’t do it are Hawaii and Arizona. An addition to this, five U.S. territories, American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, also follow the permanent standard time year around. 

You may be wondering why they do not change their clocks. During WW1, Congress passed the Standard Time Act of 1918. This act established the five standard time zones that we use today. The time zones are the Eastern, Central, Mountain, Pacific and Alaskan zones. However, as a result, the different local times between states led to confusion nationwide. For example, Hawaii observes Hawaiian Standard Time year-round. Hawaii abandoned The Uniform Time Act because of the equator, which makes daylight saving time unnecessary. Arizona doesn’t participate because their day and night are already equal. 

 In the state of Washington, they didn’t want to do daylight saving times. The Washington Legislature passed a bill to remain in daylight saving time. That means the state won’t have to change their clocks twice a year. However, the changes won’t affect the state at all. They must wait for congress votes so we can make this shift. 

Do you think we should stay in Daylight saving time or continue changing our clock twice a year?