I am responding to Brandon Loomis' article about why the clocks should go forward one hour in the spring. The reason here in Southeast is an important matter of evening light during the shoulder season when I don't have to turn on the generator, and two hours' separation from our neighbors in Whitehorse and Seattle. I often go hiking with my Yukon friends and I find the one-hour difference between us a problem already. Also the Canadian Customs will close at 10 p.m. instead of 11 p.m., which will make a difference for those coming up on an evening ferry from Juneau.
My suggestion is that we don't put the clocks back in the fall, so that the time does not have to change in the spring. This would be called Pacific Standard Time. If that doesn't satisfy Anchorage and the West, we should revert back to two time zones. I know that I would rather wait until 3 p.m. for the sun to hit the southern sky, than go to bed when dawn is breaking.
Margaret H. Piggott