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Thumbs up: Honoring officer Moore

Officer David Moore, who was shot four times last Sunday

during a routine traffic stop, passed away early Wednesday morning last week.

Despite an overnight ice storm that shut down schools, government offices and

city services on Tuesday, mourners gathered for Moore's funeral at Conseco

Fieldhouse. Gov. Daniels asked that flags in Marion County fly at half-staff

the day of the funeral. Our hearts are with Moore's family and with his

colleagues at IMPD on this tragic occasion — borne, unfortunately, of the

sort of violence with which we've become a little too familiar lately.

Thumbs down: Out of the frying pan...

Progressives countrywide breathed a sigh of relief last

Thursday as U.S. Rep. Mike Pence (R-Columbus) announced he would not run for

president in 2012. Unfortunately, Hoosier Democrats still have reason to

tremble in fear: Pence went on to say he was considering a run for Gov.

Daniels' seat instead. Unlike on the national stage, where Pence would have

faced an incumbent president whose popularity is rising, Pence poses a real

threat to the state throne. For Indiana's sake, let's hope Democrats can settle

on a formidable challenger.

Thumbs down: Non-non-smoking bill

A bill that would ostensibly ban smoking in public

establishments passed the House this week. But HB 1018 has been drastically

watered down since its introduction earlier this month. Casinos were first to

gain pardon from the bill's guidelines; a slew of amendments have also excused

places like horse racing facilities, riverboats, tobacco stores, bars, any

establishment that doesn't employ minors or serve patrons under 21, fraternal

clubs and health facilities. The list goes on. At least we'll be able to

breathe freely in our elevators and hallways, as long as minors are allowed.

Thumbs down: Nobamacare

Thanks, in part, to the efforts of Attorney General Greg

Zoeller, federal health care reform legislation that guarantees coverage for

patients with pre-existing conditions, saves money for the elderly, allows

young adults to remain on their parents' coverage and bars insurers from

dropping patients when they get sick, faces its biggest challenge yet. Ruling

on a suit brought by 26 states, including Indiana, a federal judge in Florida

declared Monday that the entire health care reform act was unconstitutional

because of the mandatory coverage clause. Sick children, women with breast

cancer, and grandmothers everywhere thank you, Mr. Zoeller. But not nearly so

much as insurance companies do.


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