Friday, December 15, 2006
Sunshine Is All I Want
I'm trying to enjoy a few days of vacation in South Beach. I arrived to rain yesterday afternoon, which continued through most of the night. It looks like the rain is going to give way to some sunshine today before it returns later today. It could be worse. Palm Beach recorded over 9" of rain yesterday. This is my view from the balcony of my room at the Marriott.
A quick glance of the online Star indicates there's growing skepticism towards Gov. Daniels' plan to privatize the Hoosier Lottery. Matt Tully wonders whether Daniels has all his "T's" crossed. The Star's editors have doubts about the idea, but they wonder whether the Lottery's balloon release fiasco earlier this week isn't an argument for privatizing the Lottery. They compare the foul-up to the episode of 70s sitcom "WKRP In Cincinnati"--one of my personal favorites--involving the famous turkey drop promotion from a helicopter which went badly awry as the fictional ag reporter Les Nessman reported the fate of the flightless birds from a shopping mall parking lot.
I also see that Jean Burkert, the deputy who accused City-County Councilor Ron Gibson (D) of shoving her while she was trying to control an unruly crowd during Black Expo this past summer, gets her punishment. She is suspended for a day for failing to get prior approval to work the part-time position. Gibson stands accused of battery on a law enforcement officer, public intoxication and disorderly conduct. I also see where Cherrish Pryor, a City-County Council employee, is named by Democratic committeepersons to take the place of Greg Bowes, who resigns to become Marion County Assessor. There's nothing like keeping it all in the family.