Thursday, November 17, 2011
Can We Clear the Air?
In Marion County, more people died from 2000-2010 from lung cancer than any form of cancer. The thing is; we can do something to prevent it.
The lame duck President, Ryan Vaughn, has proposed a smoking ban that would stop huffing and puffing in most places in Marion County with some exceptions for cigar bars, hookah bars, bowling alleys, hotel rooms, veterans and private clubs. He says he wants to pass it now to get it in place for the Super Bowl, but Democrats aren't so sure.
Let's take a look at this a little deeper. Council Minority Leader Joanne Sanders told WTHR that she wondered exactly why the President felt this was something that needed to come before the Council now in this lame duck term. She's right.
The City-County Council has exactly the same makeup as it has since Ed Coleman left the Republican Party and became a Libertarian. Now that the pressure of the election lights are off, Vaughn is trying to slip this through the Council before his party's time of leadership comes to a close.
WTHR reports that Republican Benjamin Hunter and Democrat Angela Mansfield, along with Smoke Free Indy, will unveil their own tougher proposal at a news conference on today. That means that the City-County Council will have dueling proposals.
Let's just hope we take a step towards modern society and much of the rest of the United States and get this city's air more clean.