Don’t turn back the clock
I am writing to oppose Prop 7, the proposition that Daylight Saving Time (DST) be abandoned for the state of California (“Daylight Saving Time: Deal with it,” Ask a Hipster, March 8, 2017). I am legally blind. That means that I cannot go out in the dark. In late afternoon during Spring and Winter — without DST — I am confined to my condominium. Without DST, a good share of the opportunities for shopping, cultural opportunities and entertainment activities are out of my reach — and I suspect many elderly voters and those with vision challenges would find the same. One argument proposed for abandoning DST is that school children must wait in the dark to catch their buses to school—however, every study I know finds that school begins much too early for the good of the students. I would inform the voter that, although I understand the inconvenience of changing clocks, many of us who have a hard time driving or seeing in the dark would have their lives curtailed by the abandoning of DST.