Famed sports statistician and sometime reader, Jeff Sagarin, got a write up on the front page of the Wall Street Journal on the topic of Indiana’s time zones.
Mr. Sagarin’s views have been mentioned here before, and the Wall Street Journal article basically recaps them. I did notice one thing the article got wrong before it got it right. The fourth paragraph of the article says, “Indiana’s legislators created a confusing new wrinkle: it was left to individual counties to decide what time zone to be in, Central or Eastern.” This is, as they say, counterfactual. The legislator told the Governor to submit whatever was necessary to obtain hearings on the matter. He failed to do so in that he did not submit a bit of “convenience of commerce” documentation as required by the USDOT when he made his request. Later in the article, the WSJ gets it right by stating that it was the USDOT that told counties to apply on an individual basis.
Critical as I have been of the Governor on this subject, he gets in a pretty good quote, “In an interview, Gov. Daniels says he thinks Mr. Sagarin ‘makes a good point.’ But, he adds, ‘Someone once dsaid to me it’s the only topic where five people can hold different viewpoints and all end their arguments with, ‘You see, it’s a no-brainer.'”
Update Thanks to Jim for finding a link to the content of the Wall Street Journal article. The link is to the Post-Gazette which reprinted the WSJ article. I’ve edited the entry accordingly.