Letter: Limited evenings would be worse in Central Time

From: Greg Willmore


As predictable as the swallows of San Juan Capistrano, so are the letters to the editor each year concerning the need for Indiana to be moved to the Central Time Zone. This year was no exception when Daylight Saving Time ended in early November. The writers always tout the virtues of the time zone to our west and how much better our lives would be were we to be a part of it.

One fact is always conveniently omitted from their argument. I would invite those who are wavering on their preference to step outside this week between 5:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. Our official sunset this week in Columbus will be before 5:30 p.m. Were we to be on Central Time, that would be before 4:30 p.m.

I personally prefer to enjoy as much daylight as possible later in the day. I especially enjoy the sunlight in the late evening hours of summer. Morning people are certainly entitled to their preference, but I like the fact that we are on the western edge of the Eastern Time Zone.

As you determine your preference, please do so in a location well lit by the sun. That would be difficult to do in Columbus in late December after 4:30 p.m. if we were in the Central Time Zone.