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Saturday, May 07, 2005

Maine: The new Indiana

Just days after Indiana finally approved Daylight Savings Time for all counties, Maine has proposed to create the same screwy system that Indiana abandoned.

Members of the State and Local Government Committee unanimously endorsed a bill that, if approved by voters, would put Maine on Atlantic time along with Canada's Maritime Provinces.

The proposal would eliminate daylight-saving time, so the change would be noticeable for just five months of the year - from the end of October to the beginning of April. During that period, Maine would be an hour ahead of Boston, New York and Washington, D.C., for example. In the summer, Maine would be on the same schedule as its U.S. neighbors.

Yes, they will be on New York time in the summer, and New Brunswick time in the winter. That will confuse people, and mess with people who work in Boston or New Hampshire.

I don't support the change. But hey, do it if you want... it's not my problem!

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