By Chris Spears

DENVER (CBS4) – Should we end Daylight Saving Time or keep it all year long?

Those are two questions raised about this time every year.

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The most obvious solution is to stay on standard time year-round like Hawaii and most of Arizona. Federal law allows states to make that decision.

But lawmakers in Florida recently voted to stay on Daylight Saving Time year-round, meaning they’d essentially join Atlantic Standard Time, the same time zone as Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The problem with this decision is that time zones can only be changed with approval from the federal government.

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So what do you think?

Either way most of us will have to move our clocks forward one hour before going to bed Saturday night as Daylight Saving Time begins.

Don’t forget to check the batteries in your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors while setting the clocks in your home.

Meteorologist Chris Spears travels weekly in the CBS4 Mobile Weather Lab reporting about Colorado’s weather and climate. Check out his bio, connect with him on Facebook or follow him on Twitter @ChrisCBS4.

Comments (8)
  1. Gregg Sale says:

    Wisconsin is where I live. Would love to see Daylight Savings Time adopted year round. Every one I talk to on this subject agrees.

  2. Texas is where I live and I would love to see Daylight Savings Time adopted year round. Times have moved forward and now it’s time to end the flip flopping around.

  3. Randy Ostler says:

    Living in Florida. I’d love to see us move to the Atlantic time zone and stop Daylight Savings Time. I’m glad the discussion is happening. Years ago, Daylight Savings was considered an unquestionable truth.
    There is little point having the sun come up in Miami at 6:00AM (where 20% of people enjoy it) and have it go down at 6PM where 100% of people are affected. Do the switch! Call your congressman.

  4. Brian Lev says:

    Move the clocks forward 30 minutes and LOCK IT DOWN. That covers almost all the bases.

    1. Becky Wz says:

      Totally with you on this one. It’s a compromise for all because neither “side” wins and it stops all of this clock nonsense.

  5. As someone who lived through this in 1974, it’s a bad idea. A previous comment says “There is little point having the sun come up in Miami at 6:00AM (where 20% of people enjoy it) and have it go down at 6PM where 100% of people are affected. Do the switch! Call your congressman.” …this is incorrect … Sunrise in Miami on December 21, 2017 was 7:03 AM EST, if you “Spring Forward” and leave it there that means Sunrise on December 21, 2018 will be 8:03 am in Florida. In 1974 I walked to school in the dark, even with school buses you have kids walking around in the dark …. it’s really not a good idea…I lived it…

  6. Here in Arizona we are one the same time year-round and seem to be doing just fine.

  7. I live in Miami. I’d love to have DST all year, aka be in the Atlantic time zone. Evening hours in Miami are much more valuable than morning hours.

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