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Once again, daylight savings time stinks

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Thursday, March 10, 2016 3:48 PM

It's time this Saturday night for that annual exercise in stupidity, setting our clocks forward one hour.

Honestly, it's just moronic. Our household already has to get up early to make it to school on time, and now I'm going to have kids who already are tired from sports and school activities who will be even groggier because they have to wake up an hour earlier. Even better, my kid's track bus typically leaves about 5:30 or 6:30 a.m. to get to a meet in another state or on the other side of Wolf Creek Pass, so now we'll be getting up at what is really 3:30 or 4:30 in the morning to go meet that bus.

It's been lovely finally having some sunlight coming up when we wake up, and now we're going to be drowned in darkness again. That doesn't do much to improve my non-morning person mentality, believe me.

We've also seen the scientific studies. Heart attack rates and suicides go up in the three weeks after our clocks "spring forward." What a cutesy-foo name for such a dumb idea. While I admit I hate daylight savings, I've felt fortunate I haven't wanted to kill myself over it.

With today's cheap electricity, I don't think we even save that much power, one of the original ideas used to promote daylight savings during World War I. At least Russia, that beacon of freedom and sensibility in the world, has decided to just stick with daylight savings time year-round. I wouldn't like that idea very much, but it does make more sense than switching our clocks back and forth.

Every spring, I threaten to move to Arizona, and one of these years, I might just follow through and do it. Arizona had the good sense to realize, "We live in the sunny Southwest, we don't need to reconfigure our clocks for an extra hour of light." I made up that quote, by the way, but it makes sense to me.

What's even crazier are the northern climes of Alaska and Norway, which also move their clocks forward, or at least they did when I lived there. Really? I asked. Twenty hours of daylight in the summer isn't enough? Nobody ever had a good response to that question, in my opinion.

Hawaii is also sensible and ignores daylight savings. They're so far behind the continental U.S., time-zone wise, that I assume they figured what the heck, they didn't need to shift their hours around, either.

I don't have some wonderful solution to offer to get us out of this mess. Calling my senators and congressmen seems a little silly. I don't want to be one of THOSE crazy people. But I do cheer whenever I read about a state or Congressional proposal to end daylight savings. What a sensible idea! Unfortunately, the bills usually go down in flames.

If you support this idea, or if you think I'm full of hooey, please feel free to email me or post something on the Times facebook page. I'll put some responses in my column next week, just to see what the local opinions are on the the topic.

So if you need to contact me in the next week or two, please give me until at least 9 a.m. before you call.

Otherwise, I might not be responsible for my actions.

Thanks for reading.

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