Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Indianapolis Star Kicks And Screams About Smoking Ban Failing

Another morning and yet another Indianapolis Star editorial about the smoking ban. This time the Star complains about the celebration of bar owners after the measure was recommitted to a City-County Council committee. The ordinance did not have the votes to pass, and rather than let it be voted down, supporters were successful in getting it recommitted so it would remain alive.

Not good enough for the Star.

As was done repeatedly with the Wishard referendum, the Star's editors are again using the opinion pages of the newspaper to ridicule the opponents of the ban and promote the passage of the measure. This comes on the heals of a full page editorial on Sunday in support of the ban.

Does the Star's editorial positions remind anyone else of a child kicking and screaming, demanding he gets what he wants or else? After Sunday's unprecedented full page editorial did not work, I wonder what's next...front page editorials?

Ironically, at the same meeting the smoking measure was recommitted, Health & Hospital announced that it would use part of the new bonds, intended to pay for the new hospital, to pay off old H&H debt...a little "fact" that Wishard supporters failed to inform taxpayers before the election. The Star's response to the news? Of course, the Star ignored it.

So the Star's editors regularly insult the intelligence of their readers, repeatedly ignore critical information in pursuit of its editorial agenda, and then wonder why people are canceling their subscription?


M Theory said...

Isn't it a good thing that the Star is losing more readers every day?

In fact, this year 49,000 fewer people subscribe to the Star.

They don't even pretend to offer real news or journalism any longer.

Their sales pitch to ask you to subscribe is so that you can get the coupons and the advertisements.

Cato said...

The Star isn't news. It's a running press release for Indy's ruling elite.

Unknown said...

An alternative to smoking bans

There has never been a single study showing that exposure to the low levels
of smoke found in bars and restaurants with decent modern ventilation and
filtration systems kills or harms anyone.

As to the annoyance of smoking, a compromise between smokers and non-smokers
can be reached, through setting a quality standard and the use of modern
ventilation technology.

Air ventilation can easily create a comfortable environment that removes not
just passive smoke, but also and especially the potentially serious
contaminants that are independent from smoking.

Thomas Laprade

Anonymous said...

You must realize that a well funded "war on smokers" is underway. Here's where it started:

And what the 99 million dollars was going to. Note on page seven the "inside -out", provision going for patios later, AFTER business owners spend thousands of dollars to build them to accommodate their smoking customers, clearly showing that the tobacco control activists have ABSOLUTLY NO CONCERN about local issues or businesses. You may need to CTRL and scoll to enlarge it.

Here's the "model ban" from page eight that many communities copied, printed, and passed. It's the "smoking ban for dummies" It only takes a few minutes to fill in the blanks naming your community, the administrators names, and blanks to customize it to your community. Note that it doesn't mention patios. They don''t want anyone to know that they will be targeted next.