Thumbs up: Locked up leadership
In the end, disgraced councilman Lincoln Plowman left us with at least one beneficial legacy: a strong public service message that crime doesn't pay. (Unless you see $6,000 as a fair exchange for your job, your leadership position in local government, your reputation and a bonus 40-month stay in federal prison.) Plowman, a former member of the Indianapolis-Marion County City-County Council and major in the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, was sentenced last week after being convicted of attempted extortion and soliciting a bribe from an FBI agent posing as a strip club developer seeking to open a club downtown. His fellow inmates may not be impressed with his history in government and law enforcement, but they'll probably appreciate his opposition to the smoking ban. Thumbs up to the FBI and the U.S. Attorney's Office for looking into the dark backrooms of local politics and bringing this bad behavior to light.