Regular readers of this blog know that I hate Daylight Saving Time. I also hate time zones, although to a lesser extent.
Take a look at Indiana. What time it is in Indiana depends on:
- The date. The rules changed in 1942, 1945, 1949, 1957, 1961, 1966, 1968, 1969, 1973, 1974, 1975, …. They changed again as recently as March 11, 2007.
- The county. The rules are different in each county.
- The season. Some counties at some times have observed Daylight Saving Time.
(Thanks to Google Current for bringing this to my attention. Just watch the beginning.) What time it is in Indiana depends on Federal law, State law, and the choice of County. But the rules are so confusing that sometimes people just do their own thing.
Even worse, Indiana just can't win:
- They want the state to be on the same time zone.
- They want the northwest part of the state to match Chicago, which is Central Time.
- They want the southeast part of the state to match Cincinnati, which is Eastern Time.
The only solution is for Chicago and Cincinnati to be on the same time zone.
Long ago every town had its own time. Time zones were introduced as rail travel became more common, and people interacted with others outside of their own town more often. As more of the country becomes connected through trade, transportation, the media, and the Internet, the burden of different people being on different times increases. Just as we switched from every town having its own time to every zone having its own time, I think we need to switch to the entire country having its own time (just like China and India and most of Western Europe). Eventually, as air and high-speed rail travel becomes commonplace and we begin to live in space colonies, we will have to abolish time zones altogether and use UTC.
Update: [2014-09-26] Watch this video if you want to get a sense of just how bad it is.