I think — or at least I hope — that I have at last found a truly bipartisan cause we can all agree on.
Mary Jane Garcia (D-Doña Ana), Majority Whip of the New Mexico State Senate, on Tuesday introduced a bill to abolish daylight savings time in the Land of Enchantment. This Republican is all in favor. I hate daylight savings time. Senator Garcia claims that
Daylight-saving time is a health hazard. It causes us to suffer from sleep disruption and deprivation that is essentially jet lag. You have drivers on the road who are half asleep on their way to work in the morning. Daylight savings can also cause major computer glitches, as we saw this weekend in New Mexico when dozens of people’s unemployment claims were impacted.
I’m willing to take her word for all that. I personally hate it because it wreaks havoc with my kids’ bedtime and makes it harder to get them up in the morning. And because it caused a ridiculous argument between my husband and me at 4:00 a.m. on the night we made the switch this year. Never mind why we were up at four (we have a baby, remember?) but there is not a doubt in my mind that the argument never would have occurred if it was still three o’clock like it was supposed to be.
Daylight savings is supposed to be good for kids, since it lets them play outside later during the summer. Nonsense, I say. Whose kids are outside playing at 9:00 p.m.? If they’re old enough to be outside at nine, they’re old enough to be outside in the dark. And do you have any idea how hard it is to make a younger child go to bed when it’s still broad daylight outside? Of course you do, if you have kids. Unless you’re the type whose kids don’t have bedtimes, in which case there is no point in trying to reason with you.
Anyway, if you’re a New Mexican, Democrat or Republican, I urge you to call or e-mail your state legislators in both the House and the Senate, and urge them to support Ms. Garcia’s eminently sensible bill.
Update: If you don’t know who your state senator is, (a ) shame on you, and (b) find him or her here.