End the DST Madness!

Representative Jeff Irwin from Ann Arbor has introduced a bill (or a pre-bill or something, since it's not on the bill list yet) to ELIMINATE DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME IN MICHIGAN!




Since I don't have a lot to say on the issue (except cheering noises and "I hope it's officially made a bill"), I'll skip straight to my letter to Tom Barrett, the representative for my district.

(Blog-only commentary in Verdana)

Dear Mr. Barrett, [my research tells me it's not supposed to be "Representative So-and-So"]

I know that we don't see eye-to-eye politically [he's a Republican, I'm an Independent Democrat], but I am writing you in hopes you will support Representative Irwin's bill eliminating daylight saving time in Michigan. [You know, if I'm lucky. 😛 ]

As citizens coming from agricultural communities [he's from Potterville, I'm from Charlotte/Grand Ledge], you and I know that daylight saving time's impact on farming has become non-existent [or so I think]. When President Wilson introduced daylight saving time in 1918 [almost 100 years ago!], we were still quite a long way from having lights on farm machinery, much less having equipment other than livestock and hand-driven plows in the fields. I imagine that the cows at the dairy farm down the road are milked at roughly the same time every day [I truly have no idea], regardless of what the clock says–which means daylight saving time has no effect on them, either! [Did I mention cows can't tell time? >.<]

President Bush's 2005 move to extend daylight saving time was ridiculous. [Insulting the last president from his party was probably not a good idea, but what am I supposed to do?] It was supposed to allow the United States to use less electricity, but it doesn't matter to us with homes that have predominantly north/south-facing windows–we still turn our reading lamps on in the evening and our heating/air systems still run the same. [The windows have no impact on our HVAC, but I couldn't figure out how to rewrite that] As a member of the energy policy committee [smart move, noticing what he does in his political career], I'm sure you'll appreciate this interesting bit of information from a recent article in The Atlantic [thank you, Bill Prady, (EP of Big Bang Theory)]:

​After the Australian government extended Daylight Saving Time by two months in 2000 in order to accommodate the Sydney Olympic Games, a study at UC Berkeley showed that the move failed to reduce electricity demand at all. More recently, a study of homes in Indiana—a state that adopted Daylight Saving Time only in 2006—showed that the savings from electricity use were negated, and then some, by additional use of air conditioning and heat.

The article goes on to say that the average American loses forty minutes of sleep on the night of the time change [yuck!], costing an estimated $434 million loss in productivity each year. Losing money? That's not something we need as a state, is it? [You used to work for the Department of Treasury…"losing money" has to be a profanity to you!] In doing what we can to better Michigan, we need to do everything possible to ease the path–somehow, I don't think arbitrarily adjusting citizens' sleep patterns twice a year is the way to do it. [Plus, DST sucks!]

More importantly, I think, is the effect on Patrick and Eleanora [his kids–good on playing his heart]. Do you still want to be switching clocks when Patrick starts Kindergarten in roughly three years? [Patrick was born in 2013, Eleanora in 2014, says his site.] How about the hour of lost sleep and the sleepy eyes in the classroom when we spring forward? [Parental nightmare.] It's been a long time since I was in school, but I should think the time change affects learning habits and information retention. [Educators' nightmare.] Not good when your children are in their formative years! I admit that I don't know much about parenting [or anything at all], but I should think that eliminating daylight saving time would be one less burden on your and Ashley's shoulders in the years to come. [Give him an idea about how to make things simpler for him and his wife–excellent move!]

Thank you for taking the time to consider my position on this issue. [If you even read it.] I hope you and your colleagues can help Representative Irwin get his idea started as a bill and passed through the house. [Please don't be a Republican arse who refuses to work with Democrats.]

Creative Commons license for Michigan residents (and Michigan lovers alike). PLEASE, for the LOVE OF ALL THAT IS SWEET AND HOLY, adapt/edit/use this to write to your representative (or the representative for your former district, if you're a Michigan expat) and LET'S GET THIS BITCH DONE!


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