This is a letter in response to Shirley Dukart’s idea of having Stark County switch to Central Time.
I can understand that it may be inconvenient for her and the handful of people she said asked her to bring this issue up, to do business to the east due to the time change. But we are not the only people in this country that live along a time zone. Tens of thousands, if not millions, of people and their businesses along the different time zones seem to be able to cope with the time differences.
For years before the advent of computers, e-mails, faxes, etc. businesses were able to conduct transactions that got the job done in a timely manner. Now with all the modern technology, I would imagine it is not as troublesome to get information sent to where it needs to be with this modernization. As far as the losing four business hours of work time during the day cause of the difference in time zones, that too has been going on for years and we have survived and businesses have thrived. For the companies that do a lot of business to the west, the four-hour lost problem would only just move.
Then there is the people to consider. The kids that live outside Stark County that attend school in Stark would have to get up an hour earlier to catch the bus. People that work in Stark that live outside of Stark, the same thing. Banking also would be inconvenient for some folks.
In short, if the time change does not fit or can’t easily be worked into people’s and businesses’ schedules, they may just look elsewhere to do their business. And the folks flying in from Denver on Great Lakes at night would be arriving an hour later.
As you can tell, I am not in favor of a time zone change and what I have written is my opinion.
The saying goes, “You can’t please everyone.” The vast majority of the folks I have talked to about this are perfectly happy being on Mountain Time, but a few would prefer to be on Central Time. The time zone line had to be drawn somewhere and it happens to be on our eastern line and I feel we can deal with it as before.
Roger Nelson, Dickinson