Today, I am so very bipartisan

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.

Comments 10

  1. Bowden Russell wrote:

    What about the famers?

    Posted 13 Mar 2009 at 6:27 am
  2. Brigette Russell wrote:

    Um, what ABOUT the farmers? Somehow the farmers in Arizona have survived. And the 0.2% of the New Mexican population that farms just might survive as well if the other 99.8% of us are relieved of this abomination.

    Posted 13 Mar 2009 at 12:36 pm
  3. Grue in the Attic wrote:

    Being an Arizonan, I fully support anyone wanting to follow our example. *thumbs-up!*

    Posted 13 Mar 2009 at 4:53 pm
  4. Bowden Russell wrote:

    I just see it as a small price to pay for plentiful and relatively cheap food.

    It also reminds our children that our nation was originally founded as an agrarian colony.

    And if you disagree with me, you know what that makes you.


    Posted 13 Mar 2009 at 6:13 pm
  5. Brigette Russell wrote:

    Worse than Dan? :-)

    Posted 13 Mar 2009 at 7:34 pm
  6. Grue in the Attic wrote:

    A typical married couple?

    *flees for the hills!!!!*

    Posted 13 Mar 2009 at 7:57 pm
  7. Brigette Russell wrote:

    Yeah, the typical married couple of the 21st century communicates primarily by blog comments, didn’t you know?

    Posted 13 Mar 2009 at 8:10 pm
  8. Dan wrote:

    So did Bowden admit he was wrong?

    Posted 13 Mar 2009 at 8:42 pm
  9. Martha Brozyna wrote:

    I’m with you, I hate Daylight Saving Time. I wish someone would propose to abolish it here in NJ

    Posted 13 Mar 2009 at 8:44 pm
  10. Foxfier wrote:

    Ranch kid here…what *about* the farmers?

    Daylight Savings was supposed to cut energy use by making it so folks were using natural light, instead of electrical.

    All the farmers and ranchers I know operate in terms of “is it light enough to miss X thing in the way?” “Is the hay dry enough to bail yet damp enough not to lose all the leaves?” “Is it physically possible to get what needs done, done?”

    Posted 13 Mar 2009 at 11:08 pm

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