Arkansas Is One Of 19 States Wanting To Get Rid Of The Silly Time Change Business
Did you know that Arkansas is one of 19 states that want to get rid of all of this time-change craziness?
Well, it's Monday and if you like I am it seems like the weekend just went by way too fast. But wait we had a time change and the clocks went back an hour, Isn't that supposed to get us an additional hour of sleep? On this Monday I sure don't feel like I got any more sleep. I actually feel more tired than before the change.
There may actually be relief on the way for all of us tired folks. Arkansas is one of 19 states that would like to put an end to all of this time-change stuff. A USA Today story says:
The 19 states are Alabama, Georgia, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, Idaho, Louisiana, Ohio, South Carolina, Utah, Wyoming, Arkansas, Delaware, Maine, Oregon, Tennessee, Washington, Florida, and California.
These states want to keep us on DST or daylight saving time year-round. That means that we would be on the time we use in the Summer with it being daylight well into the night with sunsets around 9 in the peak of the Summer. Daylight Saving Time was enacted in 1921 as a means to save coal.
But as most of us know, this system of changing the time twice a year is actually doing more harm than good when it comes to maintaining our health through healthy sleep patterns.
Currently, the only thing a state can do is opt-out of Daylight Saving time and stay on Standard time. The USA Today article says:
That is practiced by Arizona, Hawaii, Guam, American Samoa, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
That means they all stay on this time year-round and don't spring forward in March.
So I guess the two questions I have is:
1. Would you be ok with staying on Daylight Saving Time year-round? In the Summer it is great but the dark mornings are a little strange. When we are on Standard time it is dark way too soon in the afternoon.
2. If Texas doesn't change their time to match Arkansas. How weird would it be to have two time zones in the middle of our town?
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