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Falling back not a popular change
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You’d think getting an extra hour of sleep would be a welcomed gift. But the end of daylight saving time this Sunday at 2 a.m. never fails to generate resistance.

“I don’t like it at all and I don’t know anyone who does,” said longtime law enforcement officer Herb Rowland. “Pick one way or the other, but leave the time change alone.”

In an unofficial poll conducted Thursday by the Southern Standard, 48 local residents said they are against the time change, while only 2 are for it.

For states like Tennessee which observe daylight saving time, this weekend will be a chance to “fall back,” or gain one extra hour. That means at 2 a.m., residents should set their clocks back to 1 a.m.

“It doesn’t bother me one way or the other,” said funeral director Woody Davenport. “What I’d really like is an extra hour in the day.”
The topic of daylight saving time has been rocky since its inception. In the late 1800s, the British Parliament began discussing the idea in talks that would last for decades.

In 1916, Germany adopted the British idea without much ado under the theory shifting daylight hours would conserve energy for its war effort. Britain would follow suit, which prompted the United States to explore the measure, despite fierce opposition.

On March 19, 1918, Woodrow Wilson signed the Calder Act requiring Americans to set their clocks to standard time. Less than two weeks later, on March 31, they would be required to abandon standard time and push their clocks ahead by an hour for the nation’s first experiment with daylight saving.

According to an account from independent news agency The Conversation, the measure didn’t go smoothly. In 1918, Easter Sunday fell on March 31, which led to many latecomers at church services.

The Conversation says enraged rural and evangelical opponents blamed daylight saving time for subverting sun time, or “God’s time.”

Controversy has surrounded daylight saving time ever since. Earlier this year, the Tennessee General Assembly considered a bill, but took no action, to stay on daylight saving time.