Time to set clocks back

Fall back, it's time to say good-bye to daylight-saving time.

In its Energy Policy Act of 2005, Congress mercifully extended DST from the second Sunday in March to the first Sunday in November. That's the reason many little ghosts and goblins were able to trick-or-treat before darkness descended this year.

Alas, the day of returning to standard time is upon us. DST officially ended at 2 this morning. If you haven't done so already, you need to set your clocks back an hour.

This artificial tinkering with time will give us an extra hour of sleep (if, that is, you don't stay up an hour longer). But it also means that the sun will begin setting, as of today, at around 5:30 p.m.

Some may relish an earlier sunrise, but most Americans, it seems, have indicated that they prefer their extra light at the end of the day.

Congress gave us three weeks of extra DST this year. We with the House version of the bill had prevailed, which would have extended DST for two whole months.

Better still, why not mandate daylight-saving time year-round? Think of it, no more wrenching time changes, no more trudging home in the dark after work, and an hour more of light in the evening, when we can put it to good use.

Maybe Congress will come to its senses one of these days. Meanwhile, enjoy the extra hour of sleep -- until March 9, when you'll have to spring forward again.

Sad to say, we have to return to standard time again until daylight-saving time returns.