The Lafayette Journal & Courier wants the debate over time zones to stop.
Prior to , most of Indiana remained on Eastern Standard Time all year, which meant that from November through March, most of Indiana was on the same time as New York City. From April through October, most Hoosiers’ watches were in sync with Chicago.
Legally, the entire state was on the same time as Chicago for seven months of the year. There were a handful of counties around Louisville and Cincinnati that observed Eastern Daylight Time, but they did so illegally.
The counties in the state chose which time zone — Eastern or Central — to be in.
This is a disingenuous description of how the process worked. First, Gov. Daniels campaigned on the premise that Indiana would be united on Central Daylight Time. Then the issue of time zones was ignored or misrepresented as DST was rammed through the legislature only to pass DST by one vote on the 4th or 5th try with that vote being a betrayal of ex-Representative Troy Woodruff’s promise to his constituents. Then the Governor didn’t submit to the Department of Transportation as required the materials necessary to allow the Department to put Indiana on one time zone. Then, he punted the thing to an ad hoc county-by-county decision making process that stacked the deck by giving counties away from the time line almost no incentive to change because they lacked information on what counties between them and the time line would do.
You can make the case that leaving a flawed system in place is preferable to the costs of changing it around. But, then, you could have made that case before Daniels started monkeying with our clocks. What you can’t do with any credibility is make the case that our current time system, particularly the time zone half of the debate, was the result of a full and fair debate on what ought to be done.