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Letter: Get Indiana back on central time schedule


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From: Wilford Lutes

Columbus

For four years now a resolution has been introduced in the state Senate regarding Indiana and the time zone in which we are assigned. Each year Sen. David Long has assigned it to his committee and then refuses to give it a hearing.

I would like to know who Long and other members of his committee are representing. Are they representing the 850,000 students in the Eastern time zone who have had to deal with many delays and school cancellations? The 90,000 construction workers and the many Indiana farmers who have to decide to continue to work well into the evening or go home while it is still light and maybe attend a social event or family gathering?

Or are they representing those few businesses, such as the electronic media, who want the extra hour to have local advertising and increasing their bottom line, and use it to donate to the politicians so they will do their bidding?

How many canceled appointments are caused by school delays and cancellations? How many employees are late to work or must take the day off because of the delays?

Have the businesses figured their costs in this regard?

In January a petition was filed with the General Assembly by a group known as the Central Time Coalition, which was supported by 25,000 Hoosiers and 47 school districts. Again I ask, who are our senators and representatives representing? It is time we put Indiana on Central time so our students will not have to wait on the bus in the dark, where several this past year have been assaulted, robbed and seriously injured and there has even been a death.

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