EDITORIAL — Encouraging both chambers of Congress to get time bill passed

Come Sunday, we get to move our clocks ahead an hour at 2 a.m., forwarding immediately to 3 a.m. It’s the return to Daylight Saving Time and daily, the sun is out later and later through June 21. 

As we have almost every year for the last decade+, we again say we hope, beyond hopes, DST is kept and the United States of America does away with this silly practice once and for all.

While every state has the ability to do away with clock changes, there are bills in both chambers of the United States Congress — each sponsored by Florida Republicans — to do away, completely, with Standard Time and, therefore, ensure there is more daylight later on each day instead of early on.

While there is very little bipartisan unity to be found in Washington, D.C., ever, these days, it is our sincere hope our senators and those who represent us in the House will do all they can to get these bills to the floor — and to get them to President Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s desk for a signature into law.

It’s time to bid adieu to 4:30 p.m. sunsets in December. It’s time to welcome more afternoon daylight, which is especially critical in the winter months when Seasonal Affective Disorder takes hold on so many Americans.

The time has come to say “goodbye” to early nights, more darkness and say “yes” to time with an hour more daylight in the latter part of each day.

Let’s get this done sooner than later. 

Sen. Robert Menendez, Sen. Cory Booker, Rep. Bill Pascrell Jr., Rep. Albio Sires, we’re looking to you to lead here. So, please — lead and support the time-change bills.

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