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Letter to the editor: Study of time zone needed

Thursday, April 4, 2013 - 12:01 am

Senate President Pro Tem David Long and House Speaker Brian Bosma are opposing proposals for a legislative study to review Indiana’s time zone. Eastern Time was imposed on Hoosiers over 50 years ago and has never been properly vetted. We don’t know if Eastern Time has benefited Hoosiers or not. As of now all we have are unproved assertions and conflicting opinions.

There are facts beyond dispute. Hoosiers who set their clocks to Eastern Time have on average the latest sunrises and darkest mornings in the 48 adjacent states. Numerous studies have revealed since 1961 Indiana’s relative standing among the states has declined in education, personal health and financial well-being. We don’t know if the declines and dark mornings are related, but it behooves us to find out.

Gov. Pence’s stated goal is to make Indiana a better place to live. But if the General Assembly leadership refuses to study reasonable possibilities there is little hope the governor’s aspirations will be realized. A time zone study needs to be conducted no matter how inconvenient the truth discovered is to some. Our posterity deserves nothing less.

Jim Burdsall

Indianapolis