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Brazil businessman Brian Deakins supports Governor-elect's daylight savings time plan

Friday, November 12, 2004

There is a common joke that goes, "What time is it in Indiana"? It depends where you are in the state. Seventy-seven counties are in the eastern time zone but do not change to daylight time in April. There are 10 counties, five near Chicago and five near Evansville, that are in the central time zone and use both central standard and central daylight time.. Five other counties, two near Cincinnati and three near Louisville, are in the eastern time zone but use both eastern standard and eastern daylight time.

There are three states that do not change their clocks in the fall and spring; Indiana, Hawaii and Arizona.

Supporters say there are many reasons why it would be beneficial for Indiana to switch to daylight savings time. The main purpose of daylight saving time, called "Summer Time" many places in the world, is to make better use of daylight. We would change our clocks during the summer months to move an hour of daylight from the morning to the evening.

A poll done by the U.S. Department of Transportation indicated that Americans liked daylight saving time because there is more light in the evenings so that people can do more in the evenings.

Daylight saving time also saves energy. Studies show that daylight saving time trims the entire country's electricity usage by a significant, but small amount, of less than one percent each day with daylight saving time. We save energy in both the evening and the morning because we use less electricity for lighting and appliances.

Another strong advantage to changing time is that it could possibly attract new business to the state. Brian Deakins, owner of Spun Metals is very much in favor of changing to daylight savings time. He said, "Fourteen percent of Spun Metals materials are sent to European countries. Every year I have to explain to these customers that Indiana does not change their time. We lose precious time every day, that time means the difference of closing a deal and not closing a deal." There is, however, opposition to making the switch to daylight savings time.

A common complaint is the inconvenience of changing many clocks, and adjusting to a new sleep schedule. For most people, this is a mere nuisance, but for some people with sleep disorders the transition could be very difficult.

Gov.-elect Mitch Daniels wants Indiana to adopt daylight saving time. Daniels says his plan would lead to economic development and unite the state. This is a controversial issue though. Polls have shown that most Hoosiers favor daylight saving time, but among those who do, they are almost evenly split between support for central daylight time and support for eastern daylight time.

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