Johnson City Press: Letters: Should Tennessee observe year-round daylight saving time?
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Letters: Should Tennessee observe year-round daylight saving time?

Johnson City Press • May 12, 2019 at 6:00 AM

With Monday’s Question of the Week, we asked if Tennessee should observe year-round daylight saving time, a proposal considered this year by the General Assembly. Here are some of our readers’ answers.

Living on Tennessee time

I spent tens years of my adult life living in Arizona, which is one of the few states that does not have daylight saving time. Arizona is Mountain Standard Time year round. Our bodies easily adapt to the rhythm of the changing lengths of days. In addition, resetting clocks became a non-issue.

Daylight Saving Time is very beneficial to those living on the eastern side of a time zone, as it eliminates the 4:30 a.m. sunrise with a more reasonable 5:30 a.m. sunrise on the longest day in June. However for those of us living on western side of a time zone, end up with very dark mornings for much of the year.

I think West Tennessee (Central Zone) should have year round daylight savings time if they would want that. However, those of us in East Tennessee (Eastern Time Zone) should have year-round standard time. That way our state would have contiguous time. Essentially, all of Tennessee should become Eastern Standard Time with no Daylight Saving Time (Tennessee Time).

HARVEY STONE
Johnson City

Consider the costs

Yes, Tennessee should observe daylight saving time year round as it no longer makes sense to change time. I believe there are studies showing added cost and safety concerns when time changes.

PAULINE STOREY
Johnson City

Keep time consistent

I would love not to have to go on and off daylight savings time two times a year.

I would love to have only one time that is consistent year-round. I prefer one with more daylight in the evening.

It would save a lot of confusion.

MARILYN DREWRY
Fayetteville, Tenn.

Buy American

How did this country ever get into this lopsided trade deficit with China to begin with? How long has China gotten away with intellectual espionage, forcing companies to give over or transfer rights to intellectual property? Were our nation’s leaders that stupid? Better yet, were they and their buddies making billions regardless of political affiliation? Regardless, this has resulted in China becoming one of the most powerful countries in the world.

What does China or any other country for that matter manufacture that cannot be manufactured in this country? China disregards any trade agreements when it suits them. So let’s do the same. The leadership of this country should help our companies manufacture any and all products here.

The cost of tariffs is passed along to the consumer, just as any increase in taxes or any other cost of doing business. It does not take an economic genius to know that. How about companies importing goods from China or any other country search for an American company to build or produce these goods?

The old argument use to be goods cannot be built as cheaply in the USA and consumers could not afford to pay the price. Bull! With today’s technology (which China has stolen) and zero tariff charges, I am betting prices would be competitive. Just think of the decent paying manufacturing jobs that could be created. As for American companies that export to China, if their goods are critical to China, then they will continue to buy. Also there are other markets in the world.

Buy American! That is if you can find it!

RANDY TAYLOR
Jonesborough

Want to have your voice heard? Send a Letter to the Forum. Authors must sign their letters and include addresses and phone numbers for verification. Letters may be no longer than 300 words and will be edited for grammar, style and length. Send your submission to Mailbag, P.O. Box 1717, Johnson City, TN 37605-1717 or [email protected].

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