Letter: Eastern time unsafe, undermines education




For the fourth year in a row, Sen. David Long has sandbagged time zone resolutions by assigning them to his committee and then not giving them a hearing. What issues do he and other legislative leaders want kept from public scrutiny? Is it exposure of the myth about Eastern time’s benefits to Indiana businesses?

Possibly the realities of how unsafe it is for Indiana’s 850,000 Eastern time students when the public learns the details about students being killed, assaulted, robbed and seriously injured while traveling to school in the dark. How about hearing of the hardships that 800,000 Hoosiers have to contend with on a daily basis because of the time zone boundary that divides 18 Indiana counties?

Or maybe testimony from Indiana’s 90,000 construction workers and Indiana’s family farmers about how Eastern time’s sunlight schedule delays their workday and causes unnecessary hardships for them and their families? What about the inconveniences to millions of Indiana’s sports fans caused by the lateness of nationally broadcast events?

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