"Stop dissing DST
I couldn’t help but notice your little shot at Daniels over the DST issue (Hoppe, “Pushing Back on Election Day,” Nov. 1-8). Considering DST had been discussed by the Legislature numerous times over two decades, this is hardly something Daniels just thought up out of whole cloth. It’s amazing how few people seem to understand the benefits of having a standardized, year-round time zone. Businesses with multistate customer bases or shipping avenues no longer have to spend money changing their schedules and business practices twice a year. Broadcasters don’t have to needlessly spend time and resources picking up alternative network satellite feeds in order to maintain the 8-10 prime time schedule. Extra daylight in the summer means extra leisure time, more opportunities to spend time outside, less electricity spent for interior and exterior lighting. And since 47 other states use DST with little ill effect, Indiana’s intransigence on the issue seems a little mystifying. But, of course, you and your publication have to be against it merely because Daniels was for it. That sort of stance is what political hacks adopt, not thoughtful journalists.