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Does Daylight Saving Time Make Sense in Idaho?
Twin Falls, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KSVT-TV )
Is an extra hour of daylight worth the hassle?
One state legislator doesn't think so.
Idaho House Majority leader representative Mike Moyle introduced a piece of legislation that would take Idaho off Daylight Saving Time.
Chris Anderson has been the observatory coordinator with the Herrett Center for 18 years and agrees with Moyle.
Says Anderson, "Daylight Savings is this twice annual game we play where we pretend the clock is telling us something it’s not and really it matters to an astronomer. Time is an expression of how the earth is turned in space; it’s how we're facing."
Not only is Anderson against the principle of the time change, but the astronomer asserts it doesn't make any sense for the Gem State.
Anderson notes, “I know it’s a problem when you get close to places right on the border. The line between Pacific and Mountain time slices right through Idaho. If you look longitude we should be in Pacific time but we are in Mountain time and it really doesn't make sense."
The solution may be as simple as leaving time up to the people to decide.
Anderson asserts, “a lot of the rest of the world, they have summer and winter months. I already know businesses in Twin Falls that go by different hours in the summer and winter, why can’t we just let individual businesses decide and let the clock be what it really means.”
Currently, Arizona and Hawaii do not observe daylight saving time.
For now, as clocks are adjusted and schedules are changed, Idahoans wait.