I really had intended to limit my Daylight Saving Time ranting to the one bit of grumbling from yesterday. But Oseye T. Boyd’s “Hoosiers fear change and that’s why they hate DST” article in the Muncie Star Press was pretty annoying.
DST is symptomatic of Indiana’s aversion to change, Indiana University professor of history and author James Madison said. Madison wrote, “The Indiana Way,” which chronicles Indiana history.
The same attitude can be found in laws that prohibit selling alcohol on Sundays, the fight over prayer at the Indiana Statehouse and the latest battle to rid Indiana of township government, which was first proposed in the 1930s by then Gov. Paul McNutt.
Nothing in the article about how Daylight Saving Time doesn’t actually save any energy or how it hasn’t seemed to make a damn bit of difference in terms of jobs for Hoosiers or how Indiana’s longitude makes adopting daylight time more problematic and year round standard time a pretty good fit.
I get that synchronization with other states has advantages and that some people’s schedules are better suited to later nights than to earlier mornings. But let’s not pretend that Hoosier resistance to Daylight Saving Time is solely, or even primarily, rooted in some irrational fear of change.