Tuesday, April 05, 2005

If I could put Time in a bottle, I'd take that bottle and whack a few legislators upside the head.

Daylight Savings Time is still dominating conversations at the Statehouse. I don't really have an opinion on whether we should change or continue being a state that stays on the same time all year round.

I do, however, have an opinion that the latest amendments to the DST bill are asinine. The bill recommends that the whole state switch to Eastern time, which would mean we would always be on New York time. [For non-Hoosiers, right now we are New York time from October to April, and then on Chicago time from April to October.] But the amendments would allow any county that borders with Illinois to opt out of joining DST. And then any county that borders a county that opts out may also opt out. Essentially, if a county on the IL border opts out, and the one next to it does as well, it could continue from county to county all the way across the state. So you could have a one-county tall strip across the state in one time zone, and all other counties in another. If such a strip existed across the middle of the state including Indianapolis, it would be possible for it to be 10:00 a.m. in Indy and 9:00 a.m. in Noblesville (15 minutes north) and 9:00 a.m. in Greenwood (15 minutes south).

Luckily, I just read that the federal government has put a stop to such wayward thinking. The federal officials declared such a plan moronic illegal.