Editor’s Note: Hands off our clocks, lawmakers
Here’s another case for a part-time Legislature in Michigan: While the state’s schools and infrastructure continue to crumble, lawmakers are worrying about our clocks.
A bill introduced in the House that is getting way too much attention would exempt Michigan from Daylight Saving Time, the practice of moving the clock ahead an hour in the spring and back an hour in the fall to maximize the sunlight during the work day.
Rep. Peter Lucido, R-Shelby Township, says there is no practical reason for changing the clocks, since it was originally done to help farmers, and Michigan no longer is an agrarian society.
But there is a benefit to remaining in synch with the rest of the nation.
Michigan is among the westernmost states in the Eastern Time Zone, meaning its clocks are set to the same time as those of the financial markets in New York and the political schedule in Washington.
The Eastern Time Zone drives the scheduling of major events and sports and entertainment programming. It makes no sense for Michigan to be out of cycle with the rest of the time zone for six months of the year.
Lucido’s bill also would move four counties in the western Upper Peninsula that are now in the Central Time Zone into the eastern zone.
That would be great for vote counting. But it would inconvenience the residents of those counties, who do much of their business in bordering Wisconsin, which is in the CST.
There are a lot of vital issues that ought to be occupying our lawmakers’ time. Meddling with our clocks isn’t one of them.