Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Smoking Ban Resurfaces at City Council

Tonight's city council meeting was quite interesting. Around 60 opponents of the smoking ban, including several bar owners, showed up to voice their displeasure about the new smoking ordinance. At the end of the meeting they had their spokesman, Mikeal Vaughn, a state representative with the Indiana Niteclub Association, make their case that the ban was putting bars out of business.

Now I'm going to try and avoid rehashing this debate because I'm already on record. But I feel compelled to point out that Vaughn is a terrible spokesman. He rambled on for what must've been 25 minutes saying the same thing over and over. He made his point in the first 5 minutes and should've just went on his way. He was so bad that his own supporters were mumbling that he should just shut up.

He also threw out several threats about re-election that just rang hollow. Does he not think that people were energized in the primary? I'm pretty sure that the councilmen know that many people are upset - they don't need some outsider that probably doesn't know the first thing about local politics making threats.

Any bar owner or employee could've done a better job than Vaughn - they are personally vested and are the ones with the most to lose. I would strongly suggest that they ditch Vaughn and take up their own cause - he might be doing more harm than good...

3 comments:

Charlotte A. Weybright said...

Jeff:

I saw the news clips, and I have to agree, Vaughn certainly lacks the ability to articulate a message. I only saw a couple of minutes worth; I can't imagine what it would have been like to sit through the entire speech.

LP Mike Sylvester said...

I agree with you. I heard him speak the night before and he was awful...

He thought the next thing bar owners should do is contact Tom Henry and see what he can do for the bar owners...

Talk about "off track..."

Mike Sylvester

Jennifer Jeffrey, Chair LPAC said...

I was there, as well, and the people who DID do something about getting this back in front of council were BAR OWNERS. THEY went to the individual councilmen to ask them to commit to reopening this--AFTER Mr. Nitelife left the building--and succeeded.

Not that there is much hope of things changing because obviously the public doesn't have the right to decide anything for themselves.... but that's another blog...