Starting a revolution for our time

Laura K. Silver is a trustee of the Jewish Light who writes a blog for the paper’s website (  She owns The Paper Trail of St. Louis, a financial and legal concierge service. Laura is married and the mother of two middle school age children.

By Laura K. Silver

I understand that some things are just the way they are and there’s nothing to do about it. I don’t always like it, but I can accept that not every fight is worth waging.

Recently, I saw that one of the 10 great ideas of the year last year was reducing the United States to only two time zones. The east coast would join the current Central Time zone, the west coast would join the current Mountain Time and no more Daylight Savings Time ever again. Poof — no more jet lag, no more confusing calculations for business meetings, no more switching the clocks back and forth. Personally, I like it. It may never get implemented, but I think it is worth careful consideration.

While I’m on the subject though, how about a really easy idea to implement?  I don’t know about you, but whenever I adjust the clocks, the first day is pretty easy and then the following day is not. I wake up every Monday morning following the spring change desperate for another hour of sleep.  With two kids needing a ride to school, that’s not going to happen.

It seems to me that there is no compelling justification for beginning Daylight Savings Time overnight from Saturday to Sunday. Wouldn’t it make a whole lot more sense to allow most people two days over the weekend to get used to the change rather than just one? Why not have Daylight Savings Time begin overnight on Friday?  By the time the work week came around, everyone would be fairly well adjusted and ready to start a productive week.  It just makes sense.

I don’t know what it takes to get a good idea launched, but if you like it, spread the word. In this age of social media, good ideas can take hold quickly and get implemented if the right person sees them. 

If it doesn’t, there’s always the snooze button and coffee waiting for us next year.