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It's time for a change - to DST, says Brazil businessman

Wednesday, April 9, 2003

Brian Deakins watched in frustration as the rest of the world moved their clocks forward over the weekend.

An advocate of Daylight Savings Time, Deakins thinks that with more information on the subject, other Indiana residents would agree -- it's time for a change.

"We need to make the change. As business people and as farmers, everyone can benefit from Daylight Savings Time," said Deakins, the owner and president of Spun Metals, 301 N. Murphy St.

DST begins for most of the United States at 2 a.m. on the first Sunday of April. It returns to standard time at 2 a.m. on the last Sunday of October. The current system, derived from the Uniform Time Act of 1966, was not standardized until 1986. DST originated during World War I, primarily to save fuel by reducing the need to use artificial lighting.

According to The Port Planet Website, the chief adversary of DST in the United States is the Farm Bureau, because farmers must wake with the sun no matter what time it is. They feel inconvenienced by having to change their schedules in order to sell crops to customers who observe DST.

DST, for the U.S. and its territories, according to the California Energy Commission Website, is not observed in: Hawaii, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, the Eastern Time Zone portion of the state of Indiana, and by most of Arizona (with the exception of the Navajo Indian Reservation in Arizona.)

"One of the biggest reasons we change our clocks to Daylight Savings Time is that it saves energy," said Bob Aldrich, Webmaster of the site. DST is also observed in about 70 countries.

That's what frustrates Deakins the most.

"Indiana chooses not to change their clocks," said Deakins, adding, "which totally messes up all flight schedules and the ability to communicate with the rest of the world, because they don't know what time we're on."

He's on a petition drive, hoping to get community backing for the statewide time change. To add your name to the list, call Deakins at 448-2651.

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