Daylight-saving time helps some business thrive

By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers

Some people love it, others hate it. Either way daylight-saving time arrived early this year thanks to a law signed by President Bush in 2005.

Officially the change should have been made at 2 a.m. this morning — local time.

“It’s good for our business,” Portales Country Club pro shop manager Neva McDaniel said. “It’s lighter later so we get more traffic at the pro shop. Then after they get off the course our lounge is busier.”

McDaniel’s husband, Don McDaniel, who is the golf pro at the club, said the time change always helps get more families out on the course. There is time after school or work to get in at least nine holes or time on the range or putting green.

Farmers haven’t always seen the necessity of changing the time, though, and Leland Pool, who lives near the Bethel community, is one such farmer.

“I think they ought to find one time and leave it at that,” Pool said. “I get up by the sunlight. It doesn’t matter what time it is.”

Because of the change from the normal date for shifting the clocks, some computers and other electronic equipment — at homes and businesses — may not change automatically. That has raised concerns about mishandling financial transactions, hospital and other medical services and telecommunications.

Randy Harrison, owner of The Computer Guy, a computer service in Clovis, wasn’t aware the time change was coming early this year. He said he hadn’t received any calls from people concerned about their computers.

“It’s really just a matter of setting your clock,” Harrison said. “I really don’t think it’s going to cause any problems.

He said most computers change time automatically for daylight-saving time. Because that date has been changed by Congress, he said people may need to reset their computer twice: forward today and then back again the first Sunday in April, when the time was previously set to change. The same procedure would apply in the fall.

The shift to daylight time, with all the manual changes of clocks and watches, also serves as a reminder to install new batteries in warning devices such as smoke detectors and hazard warning radios.

In areas that observe daylight time, standard time will return Nov. 4.

— The Associated Press contributed to this report