Bill is trying to steal useable daylight

Posted: Thursday, April 16, 2009

Have you seen this House Bill 19 being crammed down Southeast's throat? Although I live in Ketchikan, I would suggest anyone who likes children and puppies to storm the Capitol steps on this bill.

It is the second installment of the biggest theft on Southeast. Don't be fooled by its "end Daylight Savings Time" feel-good sales pitch. If you think having daylight to do things after work and school has value, prepare to have that value reduced by an additional hour. The first hour stolen from us was in 1983, when consolidating a scientific five-time- zone state into a two-time-zone state was imposed upon us.

An example of what that did to us: In Ketchikan on April 11, 1982, the sunset was at 8:45 p.m., according to the five time zones in the state that good science established. After the tyrannical act of going to a nonscientific two-time-zone state in 1983, the sunset on every April 11 is now at 7:45 p.m. Once House Bill 19 is put into law, the sun will set on that same date at 6:45 p.m.

Are people in the Capitol city going to let this happen without pitch forks, a few torches and the Crimson Bears baseball bag? I sure hope not, because you don't look like the kind of folks that will sell out your kids' quality time so a person in Anchorage can gain an hour of chat sessions with a person in New York. As a former baseball foe, I know you guys don't lay down.

Ken Lewis,

Ketchikan



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