Bill Kirby

Online news editor for The Augusta Chronicle.

Daylight saving is a waste of our time

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Daylight saving time makes sense if you consider it was suggested by Benjamin Franklin, a man who also wanted to make the turkey our national bird.

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– Bill Kirby, 1981

OK, so I have long been on the record as thinking the twice-a-year time changes are among the dumbest things the government makes us do.

The Better Sleep Council (no, I’m not on the board) agrees. In preparation for last Sunday’s time change/loss, it shared its research findings on sleep deprivation, which I might sum up as this: People do silly things when they are sleep-deprived, and this is the most sleep-deprived week of the year – so look out!

Why do we continue to put up with it? After all, we refused to let the government make us use the metric system in the 1970s, and we avoided those Susan B. Anthony dollars. Why can’t we just say no to daylight saving?

Perhaps it’s because Congress knows nothing about anything with the word “saving” in it.

And they would probably blame it on the sequester.

CONCLAVE PARTICIPANT: Some of you found this interesting, and so do I. Card­inal Edwin O’Brien, a former post chaplain at Fort Gordon, is in Rome taking part in the conclave to select a new pope. He was an Army chaplain in Vietnam in the 173rd Airborne and 1st Cavalry brigades. He was last in Augusta in 2010 as the archbishop of Baltimore to help celebrate the 200th anniversary of Most Holy Trinity Church on Telfair Street.

MASTERS SITES: Dozens of you responded Friday when I asked for local spots to show off for Masters visitors next month. Among them, were Doug Hermon, who suggested Sacred Heart Cultural Center; Patsy Ray, who likes Meadow Garden; Dan White, who named Springfield Baptist; and Rick Marschalk, who nominated Hildebrandt’s.

And that’s just scratching the surface. As I said, a TV production company called me for a list of places. So, send me a spot you think it would like. The e-mail address is at the end of this column.

TODAY’S JOKE: A man scolded his young son for misbehaving, and the child rebelled against his father. He got some of his clothes, his teddy bear and his piggy bank and proudly announced, “I’m running away from home!”

The father calmly decided to look at the matter logically: “What if you get hungry?” he asked.

“Then I’ll come home and eat!” bravely declared the child.

“And what if you run out of money?”

“I will come home and get some!” the boy said.

The man then made a final attempt: “What if your clothes get dirty?”

“Then I’ll come home and let Mommy wash them,” was the reply.

“Good Lord,” the father exclaimed, “I’m raising a college student.”


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