There seems precious little that Republicans and Democrats can agree on lately, but it seems one possibility has emerged from the political muck.
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Florida) has reintroduced a bill that would put the United States on daylight savings time — permanently.
This is Rubio’s third attempt to stop the madness of switching back and forth from daylight savings time — which is in effect from March to November — and standard time.
But the third time might be the charm, because there seems to be more support for Rubio’s bill than in two previous attempts since 2018. Seven other senators from both parties have lent their support to the proposal.
We’re in favor of switching to daylight savings time year-round. Why would anyone reject more daylight ... especially from fall through winter, when the days can seem so short and miserable?
We certainly don’t know anything about bleak, cold and gloomy days in Ohio.
At this point, we’re just changing the clocks twice a year because that’s what many of us have always done.
Most of the original reasons for switching to standard time — chief among them conserving energy during World War I — don’t make sense any longer.
One argument against permanent daylight savings time is that we won’t want kids walking to school in the dark. But as the Los Angeles Times pointed out in a recent editorial, most children don’t walk to school by themselves anymore, according to the National Center for Safe Routes to School, because it’s not perceived to be safe whether it’s dark outside or not.
It comes down to this question: Would you rather have more daylight in the mornings or in the evenings?
We think it’s a no-brainer: More daylight in the evenings is better because people are more likely to be out and about then — going places, doing things and spending money.
Think of it as an economic stimulus, but without a huge price tag.