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Mass. may defect from Eastern Time Zone

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by dixiehack, Aug 30, 2016.

  1. dixiehack

    dixiehack Well-Known Member

    Heard a blurb about this on the radio. Massachusetts is going to study switching to Atlantic time (with no DST) to avoid it getting dark so early in the winter.

    Massachusetts Could Swap Time Zones for Later Winter Sunsets

    Not sure how I feel about this one. As someone who has lived much of my life on the far eastern fringe of the Central zone, I recognize how depressing 4:30 sunsets are. But at the same time, it feels like there's something unseemly about constantly rejiggering the clocks to get the outcome just so. At a certain point, it's winter and it is supposed to be dark, right?
  2. Riptide

    Riptide Well-Known Member

    Subject to Belichick's approval, of course.
  3. Batman

    Batman Well-Known Member

    They thought about doing this in Missouri, but Andy Reid insisted they switch to Samoa Time.
  4. Batman

    Batman Well-Known Member

    Considering Massachusetts is aligned east to west, and you almost have to go through it to get to every other New England state, how will this work? Are the other New England states going along with it? If you can move the time zone boundary to the New York border it would make some sense. Otherwise, it's chaos.
  5. LongTimeListener

    LongTimeListener Well-Known Member

  6. cjericho

    cjericho Well-Known Member

  7. Cosmo

    Cosmo Well-Known Member

  8. Earthman

    Earthman Well-Known Member

    It would help The Saawx in October
  9. Michael_ Gee

    Michael_ Gee Well-Known Member

    The problem with this idea is obvious. If it gets dark one hour later in the evening, sunrise will also be one hour later, meaning everyone has to get up and go to work/school in the dark. Parents hate this, believing it puts children in danger. This is why the effort to put the US on permanent daylight savings during the early '70s "energy crisis" failed completely.
  10. MisterCreosote

    MisterCreosote Well-Known Member

    If Massholes get "depressed" by darkness, they have bigger problems than what time it is.
  11. Michael_ Gee

    Michael_ Gee Well-Known Member

    Who wants to be outdoors during a Massachusetts winter in the first place?
  12. Jake_Taylor

    Jake_Taylor Well-Known Member

    Seasonal affective disorder is a real thing and being exposed to less sunlight and being less active because it is darker are major contributors.
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