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New England is rebelling against Daylight Savings Time

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Officials in Maine and Massachusetts are working to shift the state’s clocks, forsaking Daily Savings Time and moving from the Eastern to the Atlantic time zone.

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The Eastern Time Zone is huge, spanning Maine to Michigan. Parts of eastern New England are dark during the winter days, when the sun sets before 4pm.

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Advocates say a shift to Atlantic Time would boost the New England economy by encouraging college students to stay local, instead of moving to sunnier places like California or New York City.

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The time zone shift could be problematic—it would create problems for businesses—but ditching Daylight Saving Time is a better idea. There are well-documented costs including car accidents and heightened stress.

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