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Jonesboro, AR--Brad Bean Reports

Daylight Savings Getting Longer?

August 1, 2005--Posted at 10:28 PM CST

JONESBORO--The House of Representatives has approved new energy legislation that would start daylight savings two weeks early and end it one week late, that translates into at least two things: kids waiting in the dark for the school bus and more sunlight for hunting.

It runs the world we live in. The sun is free energy and that is on what Congress is hoping to cash in. The U.S. House of Representatives passed legistlation, that would make daylight savings time start three weeks early and end one week later, beginning in 2007.

With the day ending later, that means the morning starts later as well. Brookland Schools Superintendent Gene Goza says with the morning starting later, he is concerned with the welfare of his kids.

Goza said, "It is going to be colder that early in the morning. If you have a kindergarden or a first grader that catches the bus by themselves, waiting before daylight to catch the bus. You know that concerns me."

Though the change won't happen for another year, he says his district will be ready.

"The transportation directors, the principials and myself will sit down and see what we can do. We will make sure that we do everything that we can to make sure that the kids are safe," Goza said.

One man's worry is another man's blessing.

"It is really good for a guy who has got to work late. He will still get some time to hunt late in the afternoons," bowhunter Graham Eldridge said.

 Will the deer mind?

"Deer don't know, they can't read a clock anyway. They are going to go by phases of the moon like they always have. It won't effect the way they move; they are going to move on their own schedule anyway," Arkansas Game and Fish Officer, Keith Rook.

With some not liking the change and some liking it, those who don't; say they just change.

Goza said, "You just make adjustments and go on, that is about all you can do."

The bill still has to be approved by the Senate and then the President. If approved, some are speculating that problems will occur across the board. The airline industry is adamantly against the change, because it would put the U.S. and Europe on different time schedules for one month beginning in March, that would mean changing departure times for nearly 94% of all scheduled flights to and from Europe. Also, the National Parent Teacher Association is raising concerns as well, because of children travelling to school in dark hours.

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