Putting daylight where we want it


To the Editor:The summer is just a few days old and already the days are getting shorter. This is a natural occurence but there is one solution.

We need to be in another time zone. The Eastern time zone is the largest in the U.S. and extends all the way to the Northern Peninsula of Michigan. We are at the extreme eastern edge. Today our sunset is at 8:20, with twilight to 8:53. Marquette, Mich., on the other hand, has a sunset of 9:46 with a twilight to 10:25. Think of what you could do with that extra hour and a half of daylight. It does start to get daylight here at 4:37 compared to 5:19 in Marquette, but most of us don’t want daylight then. If we moved to the Atlantic Time Zone (the next one east) we would have similar hours of daylight.

Several states are in more than one time zone. I don’t know what the process is in changing, but I think it is something that should be looked into. Maybe instead of “springing forward” one hour we could do two.

Something to think about.

Jim Pringle

Vineyard Haven