So, we’re back on Daylight Saving Time already. As it turns out, one can oppose DST and not, surprisingly, be too dumb to set one’s clocks. From reading some of our leading columnists over the years, I had come across the impression that clock-o-phobia is the only plausible reason for opposing Daylight Saving Time.
This has been bandied about before, but with less and less of the year spent on “Standard” time, what’s the argument for switching to “Standard” time for the months of November, December, January, and February? If it’s o.k. to have sunrise not occur until 8 a.m., why not 9 a.m. or 10 a.m.? Think of all the “extra” hours of light. In the course of the DST debate, I don’t believe I’ve once heard the Indy Star or the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette or any of the other proponents of Eastern Daylight Time discuss the “extra” hour of darkness in the morning. That leads me to believe it’s not relevant to the debate.
I have to say that today it wasn’t a consideration. My lovely wife got up with the kids, and I slept in until 8:45 a.m. (EDT). I woke up to a bright sun-shiny morning. But, I’m going to hazard a guess that this will not be an option during the week — the courts and my clients likely won’t be quite so accommodating.
I think the best situation for Indiana would be if the entire nation went on year round Daylight Saving Time, and we switched the whole state to be on year round Central Daylight Time (which would look an awful lot like year round Eastern Standard Time.)