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An interesting proposal but seems to defy the reality of the 48 states actually extending across 4 times zones set not by us but by the rotation of the earth. I have a much simpler plan. "STOP IT".
How about something more serious and urgent: When do we convert to the metric system. I still find it hard to believe that congress (actually one congressman) concluded Americans were too stupid to make the change. (Well that isn't what he really said. One of his contributors to his campaigns and no doubt his private coffers as well, was going to lose money with the change so bought his vote and kept us in the dark ages.)
Actually, the metric system is to costly to covert to wholesale. I worked at Commerce under Clinton. It was decided that the Commerce Department was going metric as an example. Only problem, they never found the money to replace all the old file cabinets, etc., to accommodate metric size paper. And file cabinets last forever. It's easy to move from A4 to the smaller 8 1/2x 11 but the other way means a lot of crumpled paper. On the upside, every new printer, etc. can accommodate either. So in 200 years or so... after the old file cabinets have decayed.c
I don't know why they don't start the thinking migration through using the metric though. On big public resistance is thinking in inches and yards instead of cm and meters. But most of that thinking is mental approximation and could be migrated over time. Post speeds in both MPH and KPH. Dimensional lumber and other building material becomes an issue as they don't translate directly and there are a lot of tape measures out there. Plus, for a time it would require a bit of thought for finish work when using 50 mm x 130 mm instead of 2 x 4 lumber due to the small difference. Who pays for the waste on a job during the learning process? It's hard enough to introduce new materials and techniques into the trades.
The highway signs were all produced and the conversion to the metric system was mandated by law. Then a couple of powerful congressmen stopped it. As I remember they stopped it because a couple of companies in their district didn't want to go through the conversion. It wasn't the tough math or the difficulty in converting, it wasn't old filing cabinets, it was politics pure and simple. Now I believe it is just us and some tiny 3rd world country that hasn't converted and that is simply stupid.
Interesting idea, but I'm against it. The author should spend a summer in Japan; I'll wager she'll lose some enthusiasm for the idea. Japan does not use daylight savings time, though there is some debate about it.
One of the things I disliked the most about living in Japan, and I disliked it strongly, was that in the summer, the sun came up around 4 in the morning. At the earliest, it was already bright at 3:30 AM. It was dusk at 6 or 6:30.
If we followed the author's idea, I'd once again be living on the west edge of a time zone, with the sun coming up earlier in the morning than I'm willing to get up, and going down long before I'm willing to go back inside. No, thank you.
Thinking while posting is important. Being on the west edge of the time zone means the sun sets later, so that's a good thing, for me, though others on the west edge of the time zone will see it differently.
When I lived in Alaska the sun would come up around 3 am in June and it would never really get dark at night. The good part was that after working all day you still had a full day of daylight left and we would think nothing of driving 100 miles to fish for a few hours and driving back about midnight. The other side of the coin was in the depth of winter it was mostly dark, never totally dark because the snow everywhere reflected what light there was. Sundown was about 2:30 pm and sunrise was late morning. Both of these seasonal things did bother some people but most didn't seem to care.