It’s that time of the year again, when we are inundated with reminders from all quarters that we need to set our clocks ahead one hour, because daylight saving time begins the second Sunday in March. Then the first Sunday in November, the process will be repeated, only in reverse.

Over the years, the period of daylight saving time has been lengthened. It is now 34 weeks long, with standard time having been reduced to a mere 18 weeks.

Given this duration discrepancy, daylight saving time has now become the de facto standard. Thus, I think, a renaming is in order.

What we now call daylight saving time needs to be renamed standard time, which means that the old standard time will need a new name. How about “darkness saving time”? Or “daylight losing time”?

Russell Frank

Gorham