When Congress gets back to work it will have before it a bill sponsored by Reps. Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) and Carlos J. Moorhead (R-Glendale) to give the country another month of daylight-saving time. Let's hear it for the Ayes.
Daylight-saving time currently stretches from the last Sunday in April to the last Sunday in October. Under the bill, clocks would be set an hour ahead on the first Sunday in April, and back an hour on the first Sunday in November.
The potential nationwide benefits of 30 more hours of evening daylight far outweigh the potential disadvantages of 30 more hours of morning darkness. During daylight-saving time there are fewer crimes and traffic accidents, less energy is consumed and more leisurely walks are taken at sunset than during the same hours of standard time. Another month of those conditions couldn't hurt. It might even stimulate the economy, because people would have an extra hour of daylight for shopping.
The American Farm Bureau Federation leads the opposition to the bill, claiming that later sunrises make the work of farmers more difficult and endanger children waiting for schoolbuses or walking to school in rural areas.