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.