Letter: Change to Central time unnecessary
Someone from Stark County is trying to manipulate time in the southwest again.
The Standard Time Act of 1918 was passed during World War I. It divided the nation into five time zones according to the meridians --75th, 90th, 105th and 120th plus Alaska with the boundaries set 7½ minutes on either side.
At these four meridians, the sun divides the daylight hours exactly in half or at noon. The Mountain and Central time zone is actually along the 97½ meridian or 97 degrees and 30 minutes. In North Dakota this runs along a line from Enderlin to Cavalier. In other words the majority of the state should be on Mountain time!
Daylight saving time was also established in 1918, repealed in 1919, then re-established during World War II. In 1981, Congress extended daylight saving time to eight months. The last extension in 2005 was supposed to save energy but it hasn't been proven to do so.
Joe Rothschiller circulated petitions throughout the southwest in 1999 and 2000 for the time change and it was defeated. It was also an issue in 1992, 1968 and 1957. South Dakota and Nebraska are also divided but I haven't heard of any complaints there.
Why is anyone waiting until 4 to call someone in Central time? It is no different than calling any business after closing time. Besides, you can call an hour earlier in the morning.
I live 45 miles from Dickinson so I know I must leave an hour before an appointment or meeting there. It is the same with any calls into Central time.
For events in Bismarck, I know that it takes me three hours to get there but I can get home in one hour even though the drive takes two hours! You just adjust.
Why can't those involved just have an extra clock that is set to Central time if they can't remember? Rather than have all of the people change, why can't individual businesses just open and close their doors to match Central time? No personal clocks would then have to be changed.
No matter where the line is set, why should so many people have to make unnecessary changes just because a few are inconvenienced?
Marlene Kouba, Regent