Should We Continue Spring Forward?

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By Dillon Jones

Daylight savings time occurred throughout the U.S. on Sunday, and the tradition is head spinning for a number of reasons.

Benjamin Franklin first suggested daylight savings in the 18th century which was further pursued by New Zealand entomologist George Hudson,who proposed a two hour time shift so he’d have more after-work hours of sunshine to go bug hunting in the summer.

Though there are many states that participate in daylight savings time, there are states that don’t: Arizona and Hawaii. Several states, including Ohio, are either considering dropping the shift or taking steps to do so. 

There are many reasons why it should be removed completely. The first and most obvious: people’s sleep schedules get destroyed. But daylight savings might literally be killing us: heart attacks, strokes, and fatal car crashes spike around the time change. 

It remains to be seen if Ohio and others will abandon this outdated tradition.