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Mood is split on new daylight saving time

March 5, 2007 at 1:12 AM

BOSTON, March 5 (UPI) -- The new daylight saving time regimen, proposed by U.S. Rep. Edward Markey, D-Mass., takes effect next week amid disagreement about whether it's a good idea.

Markey devised the new daylight saving time schedule -- three weeks earlier than in past years -- to save energy costs and give people more hours of sunshine, which he said he believes will brighten moods.

Although many are looking forward to more after-work daylight, others are dismayed at the sudden shift, which will mean more darkness in the early morning hours, the Boston Globe reported.

Complaints have come from farmers who work in the early hours and need the light, Orthodox Jews who pray before sunrise, runners who train before work and parents whose children will have to travel to school in the dim early dawn light, the newspaper said.

Some experts call Markey's plan for more happiness through daylight silly, but Markey told the newspaper he believes the new daylight saving time schedule will reduce crime and traffic accidents.

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