Mexican congress debates daylight-saving time

One senator has complained that "Summer Timetable" gets in the way of the morning quickie.


J.A. Getzlaff
April 4, 2000 8:00PM (UTC)

Six years ago, Mexico instituted "Summer
Timetable," or daylight-saving
time, and some people still havent
gotten used to it.

According to a recent Reuters report, 16
of the country's 31 states want to
scrap the biannual time change. Why?
Because it's putting schoolkids at risk by requiring them to commute to school in the dark. Given current crime levels, many parents don't want their children making this walk unescorted. To make matters worse, this leaves no time for the maqanero, or morning quickie.

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"It affects good marital relations,"
said Sen. Felix Salgado during a
recent congressional debate on the
subject. He and his
leftist comrades of the Party of the
Democratic Revolution (PRD) are leading
the opposition to Summer Timetable. By springing forward, they say, wives are getting out of bed earlier in order to walk the kids to school and losing the opportunity to take advantage of their husbands' ubiquitous morning presence.

Mexico's head honchos are unsympathetic,
however; government officials told
Reuters that Summer Timetable is
staying. They claim it saves energy and
keeps
Mexico on pace with the United States,
its most important trading partner.
In other words, business before
pleasure.


J.A. Getzlaff

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