Cliff Notes on the News

Cliff Notes on the News

Veteran San Diego news director and reporter Cliff Albert shares his thoughts on the latest news and stories each weekday at 12 noon.Full Bio


Is it Time to Stop the Time Change?

There isn’t much Republicans and Democrats in Congress can agree on these days, but there is one thing they may agree on.

It is the latest effort to end the time change we have to make twice every year from standard time to daylight saving time and back to standard time.

As we prepare for this ritual again this weekend, there is a new proposal that is drawing support from some members on both sides of the aisle.

Sen. Marco Rubio, the Florida Republican who sponsored a bill to change the time change that the Senate passed last year, has introduced a new version for the Senate to consider. As Sen Rubio put it this last week, "This ritual of changing time twice a year is stupid.”

Under the measure, daylight saving time would be made permanent and a CBS News/YouGov poll last year found nearly 80% of Americans supported changing the current system.

A CBS News report says the idea of permanently shifting an hour of daylight from the morning to the evening appealed to 46% of Americans while 33% wanted the clock to run out on daylight saving time.

So while only time will tell what happens, it appears that we may not be that far away from the time when the time doesn’t change. But this weekend, don’t forget to spring forward one hour, at least this time.

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