Opinion: One key flaw in daylight saving argument
YOUR SAY: Every year I submit my thoughts on daylight saving time and it looks like it's time again, so here goes.
When daylight saving was first introduced it was one of the greatest cons ever foisted onto mankind. How can daylight be saved? Can anyone tell me this?
Before daylight saving was introduced there was complete harmony all around the world as far as people being able to work out the correct time anywhere in the world at any time. With the old system when it was midday at any particular place it was noon and every place on earth was either before or after this time and there were no problems whatsoever with working out the time anywhere on earth.
However when DST was introduced some countries introduced it; some states did and some cities did also, but it wasn't introduced universally and it caused utter confusion and mayhem throughout the world and it will continue to do so unless a better system is introduced.
A typical example of this confusion can be explained as follows: With the celebration of Armistice Day at 11am on November 11, it was celebrated one hour before noon in Queensland and two hours before noon in New South Wales and this situation was ridiculous to say the least.
Another example of this confusion can be that Queensland celebrated the beginning of 2016 at midnight while New South Wale celebrated it at 11pm, which is ridiculous to say the least.
A new system that could be introduced and called "early starting time" can be explained as follows:
If a country, a state or city wishes to start and finish an hour early let them but never, ever adjust their clocks accordingly. Leave the time on their clocks exactly as it has been all around the world before DST was introduced.
If anyone wishes to work to this new system let them. It's up to them to let their customers and all people involved whoever they are and wherever they are know about this system of starting early and for what period or periods they wish to do so.
For this to happen someone out there with sufficient power and authority will have to take the bull by the horns and make it happen to discard DST and introduce this new EST.
Let Australia be the first country in the world to introduce this new system and stand up for itself instead of following the rest of the world like sheep.
DOUG YOUNG, Toowoomba
Dayllight saving doesn't work up north
YOUR SAY: Greg Johnson (TC, 29/10) tries to argue the case for daylight saving. Greg neglects to mention the most important thing and that is the heat.
I spend a lot of time in Cairns as well as Roma, and I can assure you that the majority of residents in both places don't want it, and the main factor is the summer heat. Personally, from November till the end of February, I am grateful for evening coming, just to get some respite from the heat.
Daylight saving is great in the right climate. I remember as a child in the UK it didn't get dark till 9 or 10pm, but we didn't have the hot temperatures there. However, having lived through a daylight saving trial in Roma I can assure you it is terrible.
Greg, I can answer yes to four of your questions. I don't regularly travel interstate, but I can enjoy the other pursuits any time of the day or night.
Perhaps Greg you would like to relocate to Roma or Cairns for the duration of the summer? You might then realise the other side of the argument.
ELLEN SMITH, Roma