High noon is at 1:45 p.m. in Indiana

To the editor:

I recently wrote to Indiana House Speaker Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis, on the Central time zone issue and his reply included the following:

“Since Indiana has implemented Daylight Savings Time and decided to observe, with exception of a few counties, Eastern Standard Time, I have received hundreds of phone calls, emails and letters from Hoosiers thanking me for the decision while only a handful of people have vocally expressed their desire to move to Central Time. Counties across the state had the ability to speak on the issue and, as a result, the decision was made to continue on Eastern Standard Time. Business leaders, large and small, also support the decision. If your school corporation has safety concerns as a result of our time zone, they can elect to adjust their start time.”

I then wrote back to him, in part: “The geographic, three-dimensional fact is that all of Indiana is in the Central time zone. It is also proven by medical sleep research that upsetting the natural, light dependent, circadian rhythm of the human body has both negative health consequences and, as a result, negative consequences in productivity of adult workers and students (think $$$, lots of $$$). And it breeds drowsy drivers who slam into school bus stops. All of those affected, all of us, are like our friend the frog in the pot of slowly heating water — they have no idea what is happening.

“Noon is defined as the time or point in the sun’s path at which the sun is on the local meridian.
“Round about mid June (you could even do it right now, seeing a lesser effect), go outside when the Eastern daylight time says noon. Where is the sun? Not at the local meridian, that is for sure. Wait until the sun is at the zenith — better take your lunch and a couple of drinks. Look at your watch. It will be about 1:45 p.m.

“Remove the incorrect Eastern time zone and we have 12:45 p.m. at the sun’s zenith. Then, remove the folly of DST and we have 11:45 a.m. at the zenith. Which of the three chosen time adjustments is closer to the dictionary definition of noon?”

—David Dudine
Jasper




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