Monday, September 26, 2005

Time Is On My Side

Rick Farrant had a lengthy feature in Sunday's JG on what some residents of Fulton and Kosciusko Counties think of the impending change to Daylight Saving* Time.
It is a complex web of boundaries that could grow even more complicated if the federal government approves petitions from Fulton and Marshall counties to go to Central Standard Time and Kosciusko remains on Eastern Standard Time.
Katie Miller, the principal of a school whose students come from Fulton and Kosciusko, has some concerns about having to deal with two time zones.
“My concerns are overwhelming,” says Miller, 46. “It will confuse kids. It will confuse parents. Can you imagine things such as scheduling parent-teacher conferences, and what about the parents who have to stay with their kids for an extra hour or two in the morning? It doesn’t make any sense.”

Then she utters a common refrain heard up and down Indiana 19: “If it isn’t broken, why fix it?”
No doubt moving to Daylight Savings Time and letting individual counties pick their time zone is going to cause some headaches, but all this Chicken-Little-the-sky-is-falling stuff is a bit much. And people like Miller, though well-intentioned, ought to get past the trademark Indiana mindset of "why change?" -- because regardless of whether we should go to DST, we are.

Considering all the problems that we really do face, all this talk about the trauma of time zones rings hollow. Miller will just make sure to note that a 7:00 pm PTA meeting starts at "7/6 Central." Others in the region will make similar adjustments. It's not going to be easier than doing nothing, but it's still going to be pretty easy.

And if the state is smart, it will put up roadsigns on county lines to remind drivers that they're enterting a new time zone.

Problem solved. So stop whining that this is going to be the end of the world.

It's not.

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