Dear Crabby, Will Michigan Ever Drop Daylight Savings Time?

Dear Crabby,

I enjoyed your response to the movement of Hallows Eve. My question is whether you think the state of Michigan will ever make the shift not to keep changing our clocks to and from Daylight Savings Time?

Thank you in advance for your insight.

Dear Pavel,

It’s always nice to hear from a fan and know that at least one person besides Mrs. Crabby is reading my column. I’ve actually written about Daylight Savings Time (DST) before, but it’s been almost 10 years ago, so let’s see if I’ve grown wiser about the subject since then.

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Like most people, I have two grievances against Daylight Savings Time. The first pet peeve is the fact that when we ‘fall back’ Sunday, November 3 we’re going to obviously lose all this wonderful daylight we’ve gotten use to over the last eight months. We’ll go from enjoying our evenings to being in bed by 5:00 p.m. because it will be pitch blackout! And I could give two hoots that it will be lighter in the morning. I have blackout curtains, so early morning light doesn’t do me a lick of good. The second issue I have with DST is running around like a madman to make sure all the clocks are changed to the right time, so we don’t miss church – heaven forbid! And there is always one clock that gets missed, sending Mrs. Crabby into a panic that we’re late for some imaginary appointment. But getting back to your question as to whether Michigan will ever say goodbye to DST… it came awfully close to going away this past March.

State Rep. Michele Hoitenga, R-Manton (that’s located about 15 miles north of Cadillac), sponsored House Bill 4303, saying it’s a nuisance for everyone to flip back-and-forth between the two times. People become more sleep deprived which leads to work-related accidents and health problems. When it was debated in 2017 the golfing and tourism industry jumped up and down saying it would damage their business. Ugh. This is exactly why I consider golf a four-letter word. If you’re willing to move, I’d suggest checking out Arizona and Hawaii. Currently, most of both states do not observe DST. The bill also proposes to put all of Michigan in the Eastern Time Zone (I’ve got opinions on time zones as well). Not sure if you know but parts of the western Upper Peninsula along the Wisconsin border are on Central Time. But as far as the mitten state dropping the need to spring forward and fall back, it’s hard to say whether or not it will happen. I used the Google but couldn’t find any info on the status of House Bill 4303. It’s probably in some legislative limbo and will pop up in the news again. Probably around November would be my guess.

Hope that answers your question and enjoy the sunlight while we still have it!
Dear Crabby


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