I respectfully disagree with wread - I still think you've not quite gotten your time configuration correct, and it's likely due to my lack of describing what to do and how to accomplish it.
Let's start off with some pictures to help clarify the situation:
Here's a screenshot of seamonkey mail misbehaving. I sent myself a test email, at 6:57am. The bad, bad monkey seems to think this email came from the future, at 2:57pm. I believe this is the same issue you're having, correct? (please ignore the email above it -- one of my mailing lists is apparently emailing me from next year. I'll get Doc Brown on it right away)
Now, after activating the module (or booting with it in /porteus/modules so it activates on startup), you need to run the GUI timeconfig utility, which you will be able to access by going to system -> Porteus Settings Centre -> click on the "System" button -> Time config -> set timezone
This is what it looks like with my settings (localtime and US/Pacific -- Jim, you will choose localtime and US/Eastern. When done, click "apply". You can choose to create a module to save these settings if you aren't saving changes (if you are saving changes, the settings will carry over with your saved changes). You can see that I made it so that the timezone shows in the preview of how the clock will show - 7am PST
Here's a pic of the output of "date" in a terminal window - both before and after applying the timezone change. You can see that before changing the timezone, the system was assuming the local time was "Factory", which is the same as being UTC/GMT. Thus, when my earlier email was sent, the system saw it was from 6:57am PST and it converted it to local time, which it thinks is GMT (8 hours later than PST) so it showed up as arriving at 2PM. After applying the changes, 'date' shows that it's 6:57 PST and 'hwclock --utc' uhhh -- shifts things around and applies an offset in the opposite direction (why? I don't yet know lol)
Now that everything is straightened out with my clock (more or less), Seamonkey sees that my mail went out at 6:57am PST and arrived in Seamonkey at 6:57 PST, so we're all squared away.
And for grins, here's Stellarium, correctly showing the sun just peeking over the Eastern horizon at 7:25 (with my location set to Seattle) to begin a horribly short and soon to be cloudy, if not rainy, day in the Pacific Northwest.
Jim, I understand your concerns and really thank you for pressing this one because it was an issue I hadn't seen and I'm glad to have a solution (apparently) on the horizon at least. Please stay with us a little longer, I really want to make sure we get this fixed for you and everyone else!
If you go through the process outlined above and it's still not 100% right, please give me the output of:
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ls -l /etc|grep local
and that will help me troubleshoot further.