A moment of silence, please.

Change, when it comes — oh my, it’s breathtaking:

INDIANAPOLIS � An entire generation of Hoosiers who have never changed their clocks will have to get used to the idea as lawmakers on Thursday reversed 33 years of history by voting to observe daylight-saving time.

The quotes are even better. From the speaker of the house: “This is an historic moment for our state to be linked commercially with the rest of the nation.”

But of course there are doubters: �This is not the second coming that is going to take Indiana into a brighter future. We still are going to struggle. I for one will not accept that this is the greatest thing since sliced bread.�

Just in case you were feeling smug, the first voice is a Republican, the second, a Democrat.

So let’s all extend a hand to our Hoosier friends, and lead them blinking into the bright sunlight of the future.

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25 responses to “A moment of silence, please.”

  1. colleen said on April 29, 2005 at 8:58 am

    Watching the soap opera “All My Legislators” has become my new hobby during the DST debate. It’s actually been quite interesting. And some of those legislators seem to be as parochial and lacking in vision as the people they represent.

    Which makes sense, I guess.

    Bosma’s speech was eloquent. I’m glad it finally passed. My job will be easier come next April, I’ll be able to grab a bike ride in the park after work, and we can all stop having those “what time is it there?” conversations when we’re trying to set up appointments with out of staters.

  2. James said on April 29, 2005 at 9:36 am

    Welcome to the 20th Century, Hoosiers.

    Maybe one day y’all could join us in the 21st. We all have jetpacks and videophones and vacation on the moon. It’s so cool!

  3. Carolyn said on April 29, 2005 at 10:27 am

    This negates one of my favorite headlines – from the Wall Street Journal years ago

    Time Marches On,

    But In Indiana

    No One Can Be Sure

  4. alex said on April 29, 2005 at 1:32 pm

    As a newbie Hoosier, I’m leaning conservative on this one. Which is to say they shoulda left it the hell alone. The only real benefit is Letterman won’t be on way past most adults’ bed times anymore, not that I give a FF. I just came from Illinois, where it’s pitch black outside at 4 PM for a good part of the year and I’m not looking forward to those dreary days ahead around here.

  5. deb said on April 29, 2005 at 2:11 pm

    carolyn, that headline is a classic. and true on so many levels. (i lived in indiana for 7 years, so don’t anybody be hatin’ on me; i got this take the hard way.)

  6. Nance said on April 29, 2005 at 3:01 pm

    But Alex, it won’t be dark at 4 p.m. — it’ll be the usual winter EST nightfall. Unless I missed something, and they’re doing the time-zone switch, too. You’ll just have longer summer evenings.

  7. Joe Kobiela said on April 29, 2005 at 4:44 pm

    Right you are Nance, unless they screw up and put us on central daylight time. (Like Chicago)Which I lived under for a year at St Joseph College. Dark at 4:30pm, No wonder we drank, By the way, I flew into Pontiac Mich Thursday morning to pick up some people and take them to Goshen, There first question was. What time is it in Indiana, people do notice.

    Joe,

    down south in Auburn

  8. ashley said on April 29, 2005 at 5:57 pm

    I think that Hoosiers ought to be true pioneers, like Newfies. In Newfoundland, they’re half an hour between time zones.

    So, 7:00 in Chicago is 8:00 in New York, and 7:30 in Indy.

    I mean, if you’re gonna be different…

  9. alex said on April 29, 2005 at 6:33 pm

    Glad to hear we’re kneeling to the East�with respect to time zones, that is. In fact, it’s all coming back to me now through the hazy years of brain cell abuse. When I was a kid here in Hoosierland, back in the ‘sixties before the state legislature abolished daylight savings, it did indeed stay light ’til late on summer nights. No wonder my cohort got by with so much screwing and drug-taking, what with an extra hour to spend outside every day.

  10. brian stouder said on April 29, 2005 at 10:20 pm

    huh?

    wha?

    wow – it’s suddenly so bright here in Fort Wayne!

    (rubbing eyes – winking and squinting)

  11. harry near indy said on April 30, 2005 at 4:43 am

    about freakin’ time!

    also, ms nall, take bosma’s comments with a shaker of salt. his master, gov comb over/lilly pimp, wanted him to say that.

  12. humble reader said on April 30, 2005 at 7:45 am

    Our governor a lilly pimp? In my neighborhood (one of the few enclaves of liberalism in this town) he’s known as Bush’s Bitch.

  13. brian stouder said on April 30, 2005 at 9:39 am

    “he’s known as Bush’s Bitch.”

    better than being one of Clinton’s c_nts, as our (gop!) mayor was, back in the day

  14. elaine said on April 30, 2005 at 10:46 am

    “better than being one of Clinton’s c_nts, as our (gop!) mayor was, back in the day”

    Oh yes, and let us not forget that this sweet dram of troll tripe was used to guarantee yet another term in office for everyone’s favorite Puritan, Marky Souder.

  15. alex said on April 30, 2005 at 10:48 am

    And no doubt, Brian, you voted for Bush’s Brain Trust, Miss Souder, when Clinton’s Cunt ran for her House seat.

  16. brian stouder said on April 30, 2005 at 11:29 am

    Alex, you may indeed have no doubt –

    but the NEXT time I vote for Souder will be the FIRST time!

    You cannot hurl any invective at that particular empty suit that I would not instantly agree with

  17. Connie said on April 30, 2005 at 1:04 pm

    Yesterday’s Indy Star article described the legislators as brushing tears from their eyes after the vote. Ha.

  18. Dave said on April 30, 2005 at 10:26 pm

    I’m scared to death some moron will cast us into the Central Time Zone next, to screw this all up, being Indiana and all. I really didn’t think I’d ever see the day that Indiana might do this and some or the letters to the editor I’ve read? Ah? These people are among us!

  19. Jones said on April 30, 2005 at 10:54 pm

    “Eastern time zone, we stand as wwwuuuuuun!”

  20. brian stouder said on May 1, 2005 at 12:06 pm

    hahahahaha!! We Hoosiers can still hose up the deal

    The following is from the good ol’ Journal Gazette Sunday editorial

    http://www.fortwayne.com/mld/journalgazette/news/editorial/11538306.htm

    “Now, Daniels should seek federal Department of Transportation hearings as soon as possible to determine which time zone � or, perhaps, zones � the state will observe. Hoosiers need an answer long before daylight-saving time begins in spring 2006.

    Don�t be surprised if the arguments to move to the Central time zone prove the most persuasive, for at least two reasons.

    First, the entire state should be on a single time zone. And when the transportation department hearings spotlight the state�s technically illegal dual time zones � 10 counties in northwest and southwest Indiana already follow Central time � the federal government could well require a single time zone. The five northwest Indiana counties now on Central time will make strong arguments that they should remain in sync with Chicago year-round.

    Second, advocates will make a compelling case that the hours the sun rises and sets over Indiana fit better with Central time. If most of Indiana follows Eastern Daylight Time, it won�t get dark until nearly 10 p.m. on the longest summer days. A move to Central time would alleviate that concern and more. Under Central time, sunrise would come an hour earlier during winter months, making it safer for school transportation and providing morning sunlight at the key time to burn off the fog that frequently causes school delays. A proposal pending in Congress to extend the dates the nation follows DST will only make this argument stronger.”

  21. alex said on May 1, 2005 at 5:24 pm

    This could be a dark moment indeed.

  22. Nance said on May 1, 2005 at 6:30 pm

    All of Michigan’s lower peninsula — which extends as far west as most of Indiana — is in the eastern time zone, and somehow farms continue to function, children to go to sleep and fog comes and goes at its own rate. Leave it to the JG to suggest a truly stupid two-steps-back move.

  23. jeff said on May 2, 2005 at 7:23 pm

    Indiana was in the Central Time Zone until sometime after WWII.

    I have no idea when or why the change

  24. Kevin said on May 3, 2005 at 12:10 am

    The only problem with the Eastern time zone is that it will effectively eliminate my one source for news on television — John Stewart. I just can’t stay up until 11.

    Would it not be ironic if, Indiana finally adopts daylight savings time and then moves to the Central time zone, thereby effectively negating the extra hour of light we Hoosiers are supposed to get from this change. It makes me pee my pants in delight.

  25. Moxmas said on May 4, 2005 at 9:45 am

    As a former resident of Hammmond and Michgan City, it would be a holy nightmare to have to live in the Eastern time zone and work in the Central. The South Shore from Chicago/Randolph to 11th Street takes about 90 minutes, which is rough enough as it is.

    I would bet that Lake County takes it seriously enough to start talking about secession (again) from Indiana to become part of Illinois.

    The life of anyone living in the Northwest part of the state is completely oriented around the tidal pull of Chicago. Indianapolis basically doesn’t exist except as some occassionally interloping overlord, coming in to screw up the “Third Chicago Airport in Gary” negotiations once again.