There are currently several members of the Texas Legislature that are actively pursuing opting Texas out of Daylight Savings Time. If they are successful, Texas would fall back in the November after passage of the law and would never go spring forward again. Federal law prohibits a state from staying in Daylight Savings Time year round.
This post is not about the politics of the issue but rather the personal nature of my experiences as a father and as catfishermen. It seems like every spring on "spring forward" day I see numerous Facebook posts about people complaining about loosing one hour of sleep or having to reset their clocks. I am much the opposite. I am much more excited about the possibility of weekday fishing than I am about losing one hour of sleep. Furthermore, I was looking back through my photos and I noticed that I got tons of pics of my kids proudly holding up fish the caught with a sunset in the background. When I check the time on the photos I noticed many of them were in their last hour of daylight that was afforded to us by Daylight Savings Time. It almost makes me angry that so many people are wanting to take away these great experiences because they have to go to the terrible inconvenience of having to reset their clocks.
I realize that as a catfishermen I can fish after dark, and I often do so, but I find it easier to be on the lake and have bait ready before dark. Plus my kids really do not like being out on the lake after dark.
I know there all kinds of arguments against Daylight Savings. I always hear the expression "cutting of the bottom of the blanket and sewing it to the top". To me this make no sense. We are all aware that DST doesn't actually create Daylight...but it does create opportunities. I can't exactly take my kids fishing before school starts. I don't think my wife would like it if I dropped them off at school with catfish slime on their clothes. The second argument people make against Daylight Savings is it causes health problems. I do not believe this. Go by any track or park and look at about 7pm and see how many people are out running or walking. Count the number of kids in the playground. How many of these kids would be on the playground if it was dark? The bottom line is kids spend way too much time indoors in front of the TV and not enough time outdoors. Getting rid of DST would mean 239 less hours of daylight for these kids to get outside and play, fish, or exercise.
I have the information of the particular State Rep who is proposing to end DST, but I am not going to post it here. I don't want this to get pushed to the Bunker. If anyone wants the info they can PM me.
Here is one picture of my daughter holding up a nice blue cat she caught a little after 8pm last May. This time would surely be dark if it Daylight Savings Times did not exist in Texas.