Sen. Greg Walker has introduced Senate Concurrent Resolution 46 which would petition the United States Department of Transportation to conduct hearings to put Indiana in the Central Time Zone. The petition would request that Central Time be the “default time zone” for the state but it would not prejudice the ability of eastern counties to petition to be put on eastern time.
The problems are familiar. Our state is, economically, torn between east and west. Some counties gravitate toward Chicago; some toward Cincinnati; some toward Louisville; and many are mainly concerned with being on the same time as adjacent counties. As much of the state as possible should be on the same time.
Geographically, Indiana is well within what should be the Central Time Zone. If one splits the globe into 24 equal, one hour time zones; the boundary between eastern and central time zone should be somewhere around Mansfield, Ohio. That’s approximately 250 miles to the east of where I live. I should probably be about 1/3 of the way into the Central Time Zone.
Personally, I guess I’ve made my peace with eastern time and Daylight Saving Time (which is much easier now that my kids are older and I’m not putting them to bed in broad daylight). What I would like is for the federal government to shorten the period of Daylight Saving Time and make it run from, say, equinox to equinox.