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Daylight Saving Time: The Debate Over Whether To Change The Clocks Or Not


Both in Maine and nationwide, there has been a longtime debate over whether or not Daylight Saving Time is helpful or necessary. Two bills were introduced during the last session to eliminate the practice of losing an hour of daylight each year; they failed to pass, but the talk of the need for change continues. We’ll discuss the reasons for and against Daylight Saving Time with historians, sleep experts, business owners, farmers, lawmakers and more.


Libby Bischof, professor of history, University of Southern Maine; executive director, Osher Map Library and Smith Center for Cartographic Education

Rep. Christopher Kessler, House District 32 (South Portland/Cape Elizabeth), energy auditor, introduced legislation last session to eliminate daylight saving time in Maine

Tim Clark (by phone), contributing editor, The Old Farmer's Almanac, Dublin, New Hampshire

Robyn Ostrander (by phone), child & adolescent psychiatry specialist, Maine Health

Megan Diver (by phone), advocacy team, Maine State Chamber of Commerce

Julie Ann Smith (by phone), executive director, Maine Farm Bureau