Standard time is the better fit for our body rhythms

Regarding a recent letter to the editor about sticking with either daylight saving time or standard time: “Pick one and stick with it.” Key here is the statement “I don’t care which one you pick.”

And, why don’t you care? This is not just about you. First of all, there are many, who for personal reasons, none of which are for better health, desire one hour more of daylight in the late afternoon or evening and one less hour of morning light. The reasons for self-gratification are many, but the overarching design of human beings begs for alignment with permanent standard time.

The human body was created with the circadian rhythms that govern physical, mental and behavioral life conduct during a 24-hour life cycle. Our chrono-biological processes are guided by these genetic-imputed processes. Our life style, health and wellbeing are the result of adherence to a standard time wherever we live. Yet, our know-it-all congressional elected folks bargained away sound health in exchange for political concessions to the uninformed, or those who are just plain selfish, and those who just don’t care. So, lasaize faire, why not do your own thing.?

The National Institute of General Medical Sciences has been on record documenting the adverse effects amongst mankind who messes with their circadian rhythms. Our politicians, state and national, should be aware of these facts; so, when someone cares, and wants to do the right thing for all mankind, they should do the same. Pick permanent standard time and lets get on with this blather and baloney. The only living things in this world today that do not know what the correct time is are people. Congressional appointees and state legislators are elected to do the right things; not wrong things. They don’t decide; we do.

Sam Bess


Talk to us

More in Opinion

Editorial cartoons for Wednesday, June 7

A sketchy look at the news of the day.… Continue reading

Lummi Tribal members Ellie Kinley, left, and Raynell Morris, president and vice president of the non-profit Sacred Lands Conservancy known as Sacred Sea, lead a prayer for the repatriation of southern resident orca Sk’aliCh’elh-tenaut — who has lived and performed at the Miami Seaquarium for over 50 years — to her home waters of the Salish Sea at a gathering Sunday, March 20, 2022, at the sacred site of Cherry Point in Whatcom County, Wash.

The Bellingham Herald
Editorial: What it will require to bring Tokitae home

Bringing home the last captive orca requires expanded efforts to restore the killer whales’ habitat.

A map of the I-5/SR 529 Interchange project on Tuesday, May 23, 2023 in Marysville, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Editorial: Set your muscle memory for work zone speed cameras

Starting next summer, not slowing down in highway work zones can result in a $500 fine.

File - A teenager holds her phone as she sits for a portrait near her home in Illinois, on Friday, March 24, 2023. The U.S. Surgeon General is warning there is not enough evidence to show that social media is safe for young people — and is calling on tech companies, parents and caregivers to take "immediate action to protect kids now." (AP Photo Erin Hooley, File)
Editorial: Warning label on social media not enough for kids

The U.S. surgeon general has outlined tasks for parents, officials and social media companies.

Burke: We’re not ready for the Big One, but we must prepare

The biggest shock won’t be the quake but the realization that help will take longer to reach us than we thought.

What levy lid lift for Fire District 4 will fund

Snohomish County Fire District 4 firefighters want to thank the district’s Board… Continue reading

Where is man’s say in abortion decision?

George Will in a recent column in The Herald seeks to find… Continue reading

Comment: Insurance providers lead climate change’s ‘managed retreat’

State Farm won’t write new fire insurance policies in California. Forcing it to do so ignores the inevitable.

Comment: Christie can’t win; but he could block Trump’s path

If he wants to take down Trump, he should consider the successes and failures or other ‘protest’ candidates.

Most Read