Dickinson is the main shopping center of the southwestern part of the state and serves customers in all directions. They promote shop local.
Many people from surrounding areas are employed in Dickinson, while others attend meetings or parties, have appointments, visit hospitals or nursing homes and shop for needed items. Most businesses in Dickinson regularly have promotions and sales to induce us to patronize their stores and buy their products.
However, it seems a few in the minority want to manipulate the time zone to suit their own convenience and are not concerned about the inconvenience of the many in the area.
Since I am in a Mountain time zone county, what is there to encourage me to shop in Dickinson if you become the same time as Bismarck? A few more miles will give me much more variety even if it takes a little more time and gas to get to and from there.
Sometimes it is inconvenient for me to wait until 10 a.m. to do business in the mall so I don’t go there when that happens. Medicines can be mailed so no visit is needed. This is an agricultural area so are those businesses going to abandon or jeopardize their customers?
Changing clocks do not give more daylight. In fact, I would like to see the state abandon daylight saving time, too, but that won’t happen. Two U.S. representatives from Michigan and Massachusetts added a month to that period in 2005 in order to save energy but it hasn’t proved to do so.
If a business wants to be on Central time, then just open and close at a different time but leave the rest of us alone.
I urge you to vote no on any time change on Tuesday. Those who want to be on Central time can use an extra clock to adjust to their needs.
Marlene Koub, Regent