Letter to editor: Time Change

On March 4, the European Union voted to abolish the twice-yearly clock change – i.e. no more daylight saving time. Similar discussions are occurring in Utah, Michigan, Florida, New England, etc. - but not in Indiana where, once again, our leaders have disallowed the discussion of our time zone situation. They simply ignored SB 542 until the time for talk ran out. This means that students will continue to travel at risk in morning darkness. Because of our incompatible sunlight schedule, teens will continue to struggle scholastically and their ranking of 2nd highest suicide attempt rate in the US will continue. Hoosiers will continue to be among the most tired and obese in the US. Evening events in summer will continue to be diminished because of lack of darkness – July 4th fireworks, outdoor concerts, evening dining out, star gazing, youth and family camping, etc. And while electronic technology has negated advantages for Indiana’s businesses of being on the same time as New York, the 3-hour time difference with California will continue to be a communication and travel handicap for Hoosier businesses and its citizens.

The purpose of government as stated in Indiana’s constitution is to provide “peace, safety, and well-being” for Indiana’s citizens. Legislators – you took an oath to uphold our constitution, but you are not doing your job when it comes to our time zone issue. It’s time for you to either step up or step out. Hoosiers deserve better government than we are getting.

Susannah H. Dillon, president

Central Time Coalition

  1. Cornwall Ct. Carmel, IN 46032

www.HoosiersForCentralTime.com

The mission of the Central Time Coalition is to promote the allocation of available sunlight and darkness in a manner that provides the greatest “peace, safety and well-being” for the citizens of Indiana.

Sue Dillon

shdillon1962@gmail.com