Time Warp Mathematics remind me of the axiom “that figures don’t lie, but sometimes liars figure” (no personal insult intended).
Fact is that at 75 mph the round trip to Bismarck is about three hours. True for those of us who have early Bismarck/Mandan appointments.
We need to allow 2 1/2 hours clock time to arrive punctually but wow! The return trip is just 1/2 hour! How many times a year do business people have to deal with both the drive clock time and the lunch-hour spread unless we are so rigid that we keep our lunch on Dickinson time while in Bismarck?
Think about the value when doing a lot of business from Dickinson to Bismarck of waking habitually an hour earlier and start our business day on Bismarck time and going home on Dickinson time — 250 hours per year extra business time; a win.
California was and is a great place to do international business as you can call Japan early evening and catch them just arriving at the office; and call Europe early morning and catch them before they leave. Granted prior planning (prevents poor performance) is required to assure each day communications are focused and scheduled.
Time zones are existing to fairly equalize the daylight hours for all people on some rational basis. Some areas of the world have 1/2 hour time zones. Or to placate the (surmised) minor inconvenience of some business people we should consider starting all activities for the community an hour later so the daylight equity remains? I recommend we not push nor support for Central Time in Dickinson or do the proponents wish to include Glendive and Billings, too?
Bruce Orton, Dickinson