April 16, 2002 The Voice of the Times says it's time to stop wasting time on time

Posted: Monday, April 22, 2002

The ladies and gentlemen of the Legislature are wasting far too much time on a nutty proposal to eliminate daylight time in Alaska.

Get off it.

The time wasted on this proposal only reinforces the conviction in the minds of many that the legislative sessions are far too long and generate far too many nonessential pieces of legislation -- just to occupy the months between January and May.

Why is this proposition foolish? The reasons are many, but can be summed up this way:

Failure to go on daylight time, as most of the nation does, would put Anchorage two hours behind Seattle and Los Angeles and five hours behind New York and Washington for more than six months of the year.

We used to do business that way, and it was a mess.

The problem of moving our clocks ahead one hour in the spring and back an hour in the fall is no big deal to anybody. And those who say it is are just looking for a cause to yammer about.

Drop this, and get on with more important things.


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