Goshen News, Goshen, IN

Letters to the Editor

April 5, 2012

Indiana is not using the right time

Some statements by columnist Denise Federow in the March 11 paper concerning the time need to be challenged.

All of Indiana was on Central Time until 1954 and 18 counties remain on Central time today. They’re not the rogues; the rest of us are.

Nationally, after World War II, daylight-saving time was observed only in a belt from St. Louis and Chicago to Maine, plus California and Nevada.

In 1954 someone got the dim idea that eastern Indiana should be on the same time as western Ohio. Year-round Central Daylight Saving Time was born. No one dared mention that this was the same as Eastern time. It split Indiana in half from north to south. In subsequent years, year-round daylight-saving time moved west to include Terre Haute, Lafayette and South Bend, leaving just the southwest and northwest corners of the state on Central Standard Time. South Bend later returned to Standard Time, then switched to year-round Central Daylight Time again.

By 1966, Daylight Time had moved into Virginia and beyond Chicago and it became too confusing for congressmen to figure out the time. So, they mandated daylight-saving time for the entire country, unless a state exempted itself. That’s when Eastern Standard Time came to Indiana, although it was only a name change. With Daylight-Saving Time added to Eastern time, we are now two hours ahead of our natural Standard Time.

Federow says she likes the added daylight. There is no added daylight; the clock has just shifted. That reminds me of the woman I heard of last week, who opposed daylight time because the extra hour of sunlight was scorching her flowers.

When the sun doesn’t come up until 8 a.m. it should be a clue that we’re on the wrong time. Indiana is in the Midwest and we should be on Midwestern time, Central Time, and not New York City time.

— James E. Teall


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