Cindy DiFazio - Staff Writer
On the morning of March 11, time will spring ahead
in Ripley County for only the second time since 1949. That was
the year that the Indiana Senate passed a bill outlawing daylight
savings time. In those days, rural legislators held sway arguing
that fast time was unnatural and unhealthy
for cows. Communities that wished to honor daylight savings
time simply ignored the law.
In 2005, Governor Mitch Daniels claimed that daylight savings
time was tied to economic development, and by a small margin,
dragged Indiana kicking and screaming into observing daylight
Now, according to a survey conducted by the Indiana Chamber
of Commerce, and published by Inside Indiana Business, it appears
that the governor may have been right.
The survey, responded to by 788 chamber member companies in
77 Indiana counties, showed that 62% of those polled feel the
switch has had a positive impact, with 24% saying it was too
early to tell. Only 13% felt the impact was negative. Nearly
all of the respondents (98%) came from organizations with fewer
than 100 employees, with 38% having less than 25 workers.
The top reasons given why daylight savings time works for those
* 63% stated that easier logistics with suppliers, vendors and
customers ranked as the number one benefit.
* Less complicated business travel (59%) ranked as number two.
* Fewer missed business meetings and conference calls (51%)
came in at number three.
Indiana Chamber of Commerce President, Kevin Brinegar, stated,
We are glad to see that the business reasons for switching
to daylight saving time are in fact taking place as expected.
Some business representatives cited specific problems averted
by adhering to daylight savings time. A construction company
vice-president noted, Invariably, when time was changed,
meetings and deliveries would be missed. This has not happened
once since daylight savings time.
A grocery store business manager said, When the time sprang
forward, we had to open an hour earlier to meet the demands
of the commuters. Now we dont, and it is a direct savings
to our business.
A general contractor commented, The additional field time
during our peak season is greatly appreciated. This also allows
field employees to have additional daylight in the evenings
to enjoy outdoor activities.
And, finally, addressing the issue of confusion, an accounting
and human resources manager said, I have heard the comment,
now we finally know what time you are on, many times.
People outside of Indiana dont have to make the mental
adjustment to our time zone twice a year.
In 2007, daylight savings time starts earlier and ends later
than ever, beginning on Sunday, March 11 and ending on November
4. So, remember to set clocks, computers, PDAs, and all other
electronics forward by one hour before retiring this Saturday
Windows users (except those using the new Vista software which
is already configured for the switch) can visit microsoft.com/windows/timezone.mspx
for instructions on changing over to DST. Mac computer users
can go to Mac-apple.com.
And, if you are still in an Ebenezer Scrooge frame of mind,
bah-humbugging over the time change, check out the Standard
Time Gift Shoppe online. The message, Spring Ahead - Fall
Back - What a Waste of Time is available on bumper stickers,
t-shirts and ball caps.