Monday, March 05, 2012

Time to restore Indiana to central time?

I just submitted the following letter to the editor to my local newspaper in Columbus, Indiana.

The sunrise time this Saturday (March 10) in Columbus is 7:02 am. On Sunday (March 11), it is 8:01 am.

The natural clock time for sunrise in Columbus this Saturday, and for all points due east and west of us, is 6:18 am. This is easy to confirm by looking at the sunrise time in cities east and west of Indiana which are at the middle of their natural time zone. Sunrise times in these cities of Philadelphia, St. Louis, Denver, and Reno are 6:19, 6:19, 6:18, and 6:18, respectively.

If you would prefer a more normal amount of your daylight in the mornings, and prefer to have a sunrise of 6:02 am on the last day of standard time and 7:01 am on the first day of daylight saving time, then you may want to consider lending your support to the Central Time Coalition (CTC).

The CTC is working with Indiana legislators to urge the U.S. Department of Transportation restore Indiana to central time -- Indiana's natural time zone.

Bill Starr

Online version

As published, Thu, 8 Mar 2012, Page A6 ( View, Newspaper View )

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