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Well, not this year ...

If you’re still adjusting to the time change, you’re not alone. Americans have griped about it for years — while consoling themselves with the “extra hour of sleep” that comes with the return to Standard Time.

It does seem unnecessary, and state legislatures far and wide have passed or are considering bills to do away with the practice. Most of those would make Daylight Saving Time permanent.

The Oregon Legislature enacted a measure this year, but made it contingent on Washington and California going along as well. Washington has done so, but California has not, so the status quo remains for now.

Those who consider the time change regimen somewhat silly can appreciate the fact that Benjamin Franklin apparently came up with the idea as a joke.

While living in Paris, renowned for its nightlife, Franklin wrote that he arose one morning much earlier than usual, astonished to find sunlight streaming in his window. What a waste of daylight, he opined, in a city whose residents routinely slept until noon.

With daylight time now in effect nearly eight months of the year, it makes sense to leave it in place year-round. The best part would be the end to resetting clocks twice a year and the resulting sleep disruption — not to mention the pets who refuse to adjust their dinner times to please silly humans.

But it won’t happen until California gets its act in gear and Congress gives its OK. So don’t be surprised to find yourself springing forward again next March.

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