Didn’t we just talk about this? Days after the country moved clocks forward one hour for the return to daylight saving time, the U.S. Senate vote to make the move permanent at some point. As it heads to the U.S. House, here’s the background on the measure.
But here’s the question: If the nation goes with daylight saving time year round, should Indiana stay on Eastern Daylight Time, with its light later in the evenings? Or switch to Central Daylight Time, with that morning light for the walk to school?
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I think the argument for Central is the better argument, and I prefer to NOT spend time complaining about time. The main attraction is the idea that if we stop springing forward and falling back, there will be so.much.less whining and griping that life will be made a little nicer.
Later sunsets mean we stay up later, but we don't necessarily sleep in more because school and work still start at a set time. So I wouldn't mind switch to Central time zone! This article sums up the issue: https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2019/04/19/how-living-wrong-side-time-zone-can-be-hazardous-your-health/
We are closer to Chicago as a hub city. Many people in western IN work in IL. More light in the a.m. for children going to school. Central makes the most sense. However, just set it and let it be!!!!
Central Time all the way please. I would be nice to watch an evening sporting event on tv that wraps up before 11:30pm.
I vote for Central. It would be nice if all of Indiana would go Central but I don't that will happen. It makes more sense to me to wake up in the light and go to bed in the dark. I'll just be happy if we don't change time any longer. That never has made any sense to me.
Definitely go on Central time. I would love to have it lighter in the mornings. We don't need it light until after 10pm at night but having it lighter in the mornings, especially in the winter is a real plus - especially for the school kids! Also, it would be nicer to be on the same time as Chicago and much easier if you have relatives or business on the west coast. Our northwestern counties are already on Central time so we would sync with them.
There are legitimate and serious reasons to consider this carefully, chiefly concerning health. The science is clear that being on Central Time (and without the ST/DST shift) would be far better for those of us who live as far west as 87º longitude. That would put our latest winter sunrise around 7:15 AM and latest summer sunset around 8:20 PM. For those of us fortunate enough to have our work and/or school schedules related to sunlight, this would be a much healthier alignment.
We should be on Central time. However, our Legislators mostly all play golf, so it's just not going to go that way. SMH
With the plethora of huge issues facing the nation, they chose this to do unanimously? Central.
Central time, please!
Central Time, James Bartlett hits the nail on the head, if we school and work started later than I'm all for more sun in the evening, but that is not how it works. Sun should be up by 7am all year.
Go to central time.
The fact that it’s still daylight at 1030 in the evening in the middle of summer makes it hard to get young kids in bed “but dad, it’s still daytime! Why can’t we go to the park?”
That alone is impetus to change.
In 2019 I spent April to Sept in CT and FaceTimed with my wife and kids at night to say good night to them. It would be night time in CT and day time in Indiana in Sept when the kids were trying to go to sleep.
We are so far apart it doesn’t make sense for us to be on Eastern.
Honestly I liked ct better in the summer and et better in the winter. So I really want to fall back and never change again. But ct is better for drive in movies so I’d have to go that route.
Be aware of this website: https://www.hoosiersforcentraltime.com/
Hoping that the Indiana General Assembly maintains its policy of accomplishing nothing so that we can stay on Eastern Time and keep the later light
If we stay on Eastern time and they leave us permanently on daylight savings time, in summers we will continue to have 10:00 p.m. sunsets, and in winter our sunrises will be 9:00 a.m. or later. Neither one of these make any sense to me. Count me very firmly in the central time zone camp.
Life in the United States begins when the East Coast wakes up. I prefer to be in synch with that time zone.
Central, definitely. Getting dark for nighttime is important too. Ultimately someone will not be happy, flexible schedules will be key. Hopefully, the flexibility needed in the pandemic helps there.
I seem to be in the minority - a night person who would prefer Eastern time. Either way, I would be happy to no longer have to change clocks.
No question, we stay on Eastern Time. I am so tired of morning people arrogance and superiority — and now, when Congress finally gets its act together on Timezones, they would propose robbing us night owls of any benefit while making the Summer demonstrably worse? Hard pass.
If we have a permanent time, it should be as it was for decades before Daniels forced us to start switching. We should go back to Indiana Time, which is essentially Eastern Standard or Central DLS, but all year round. I can't sleep well when it's light out till 10 PM most of the summer!
The earth is divided into 24 - 15 degrees time zones. Our longitude in Lafayette is 86 degrees. The middle of Illinois is 90 degrees longitude. Indiana has no business in Central time zone.
On winter drives around Chicago, it sure would stink to be on Central Time in the winter. I loved when we stayed on standard time and the nation did their nonsense, with that I vote for NYC time.
So Dave, what does it take for indiana to go back to Central time? An act of congress?
Only the feds can change where the time zone boundaries lie. We can ask, but it’s up to the DOT.
Late light means more evening outdoor activity and sports. Great for kids and adults alike. I absolutely love the evening daylight in Indiana and we need the later light in the winter. pre-teens and teens especially need the light after school. They don't need the early morning light.