Matthew Tully has a DST/time zone column entitled The real story is what Daniels didn’t write. Mr. Tully takes Gov. Daniels letter to the USDOT and “reads between the lines.”
Between the lines: Don’t look at me. Blame the locals!
Daniels: “I recommend that the (Department of Transportation) decline the petition of St. Joseph County to move from the Eastern to the Central Zone.”
Between the lines: Umm, why don’t you forget what I just wrote about “local preference?” And by the way, wasn’t that Kernan guy from St. Joe County? Actually, now that I think about it, he was still governor when I thought of this idea. Can’t I just blame him for it?
And, Mr. Tully astutely ties the time zone issue to the class basketball issue — really the only thing that is even more offensive to a “real” Hoosier.
Meanwhile, Mary Beth Schneider has an article entitled Daniels: DST debate is over. We don’t think so, several state lawmakers say
What’s impressive to me is the bipartisan nature of the time related proposals legislators plan to introduce:
At least two lawmakers — Reps. David Crooks, D-Washington, and Steve Heim, R-Culver — plan to file bills seeking a referendum on what time zone Indiana should be in, Central or Eastern. Rep. Jackie Walorski, R-Lakeville, is filing a bill to repeal daylight-saving time, which the legislature adopted earlier this year.
And Sen. Vic Heinold, R-Kouts, filed a bill this week to simply require Daniels to ask the federal Department of Transportation to move Indiana to the Central time zone.
What’s amusing to me is that Daniels thinks it’s “time to move on.” I felt that way year after year when folks would try to alter the system we lived with well enough for more than 3 decades. So I figure “my” side gets until 2035 to try to force an acceptable time solution before it’s “time to move on.”