Bil Browning

A checkmark on the liberal agenda

Filed By Bil Browning | May 24, 2005 1:16 PM | comments

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A new non-smoking ordinance has passed in Indianapolis. How nice to see that our city-county government feels that it can intervene in the lives of its citizens occasionally. But remember, inserting sexual orientation and gender identity into the human rights ordinance was a waste of time since... *shrugs* ...there is no discimination happening anyhow. Yeah. And suddenly everyone's tobacco-free now too.

While personally advocating the Libertarian view that businesses should be allowed to decide whether or not to allow smoking and letting the free market guide the process, I have to admit that it's nice to see Indianapolis take a step on the progressive side of the isle. As a city that's trying to remake itself into a white collar, tech savvy city (that you'd actually want to live in), they have a lot of work to do. I find it ironic that the city is pitching Massachusetts Avenue as a hip, cool part of Indy, but can't find it necessary to protect the very people who've made Mass Ave into the hip, cool gay ghetto it is today. Don't step on us and then try to make money off our backs. At least Bosma won't have a cigarette dangling from his lips now when he beat us up...

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AUTHOR: Steph Mineart

DATE: 5/25/2005 09:53:49 AM

Heck, I think that people can smoke whenever and wherever they want to... as long as they keep their smoke out of my lungs. When it wafts in my direction, then I have a problem. I wish we had a "smoke free" roster of some sort, where I could go and patronize businesses because they don't allow smoking. Hmmm.

AUTHOR: Tracy Elliott

DATE: 5/25/2005 03:56:05 PM

The law that was passed is such a perfect example of a zebra being a horse designed by a committee. Whether you support a smoking ban or not, this law treats different businesses differently, forcing some to make difficult decisions about who they will serve, what is their dominant business (a bar or a restaurant) and doesn't spread the pain evenly. A place like English Ivy, which wouldn't have had to change anything under a complete ban, now has to decide if it's a restaurant or a bar, or spend money constructing a wall, or whatever. A full bar or a full restaurant does not have to make changes. Not fair and stupid.