Today is the start of daylight saving time — the spring forward that means we all have to get up an hour earlier than normal to stay in step with the rest of the world. Whenever daylight saving starts or ends, I read articles and editorials explaining why the practice no longer works for our society and I think we’re finally moving closer to doing away with it all together.
While I’ve read arguments that the practice saves energy, I’ve seen studies that show no energy is saved and the disruption of many people’s sleeping habits, can actually create health and safety risks. Hawaii and much of Arizona already keep their clocks set to the same time year round, and it looks like at least two other states could be headed that way as well.
Florida lawmakers recently passed a bill to stay in daylight saving time year round and Oklahoma legislators have bandied around a similar bill multiple times over the last several years. If states in different time zones all stop springing forward and falling back each year, it could get the ball rolling and bring change to the rest of us that are tired of losing an hour of sleep in the Spring and an hour of evening daylight in the Fall.
However, it all needs to be consistent. Florida’s bill calls for it to remain in daylight saving time, while Hawaii and Oklahoma remain in standard time throughout the year. Personally, I like Florida’s plan because it would give me some more time to get home in the winter month evenings before dark and get my dogs walked at a slightly warmer temperature. Though, I’m sure all the really early risers would prefer to have the sun up when they’re driving to work.
It’ll be a debate no matter when which way it goes, but if daylight saving does change, someone will need to come up with a new time to remind people to change the batteries in their smoke detectors.
Happy birthday Sunday to Danielle Ault, Elsie Sikes and Christy Reding, all of Denison; and Kendra Eddington, Kevin Hill Jr., amd Quintasia Futrell, all of Sherman.
Happy birthday Monday to Bill Beckett and Ginger Elliot, both of Sherman; Barbara Clark, Roy Neighbors and Shellee McLaren, all of Denison; and Shaila Neal of Bells.