Not hearing dissent?
Well, clearly you're not listening, I thought that afternoon, as the mayor provided more evidence to suggest he's not interested in hearing from anyone other than the Kool-Aid drinkers who circle around his administration and feed off the government.
It's pretty clear our city's mayor, a man who has so many admirable qualities, has fallen into a second-term bunker filled with loyal aides convinced all the critics are irrational, partisan or out for blood.
All of that came bursting into the public consciousness Monday evening, as Peterson delivered a defensive and ineffective 2008 budget speech in a room packed with political supporters while ordinary taxpayers were locked out . . .
"It's a sad day when we treat citizens like this," Republican Minority Leader Phil Borst said.
How right he was.
The Peterson team has attached itself to what's been an awful month for free speech at the council. Democratic President Monroe Gray and his allies have shown so little respect for the public's right to be heard this summer that they should have taken a Zippo to a copy of the First Amendment.
A man was unfairly kicked out of a meeting in July after criticizing recent tax increases at a "public hearing." Two weeks later, council Democrats, led by Gray, muzzled debate before a vote to increase income taxes. Residents have been locked out of the City-County Building and subjected to silly rules during polite tax protests.
On Monday night, Gray opened the council meeting by scolding the public.
"Those who interrupt the order of the meeting will be asked to step outside," he said.
Getting a lesson on decorum from Gray -- he of ethical violations, questionable government contracts and pure partisanship -- is like getting a lesson on medication from Barry Bonds.
Do you think Mayor Peterson and his campaign are beginning to hate picking up the newspaper in the morning? Just wait until Abdul Hakim-Shabazz returns from his vacation this week. It looks like he's going to serve up the Peterson information with more unwanted news.
Dan Carpenter takes a look at the unreported side of the property tax issue from the perspective of Indianapolis' poor. He writes:
I'm thinking, for example, of the people along North Capitol Avenue south of 38th Street who tacked a homemade cardboard sign -- TAXES SLAVES IN INDY -- to a tree in their bare front yard.
But it's not as if the hammer's new to that corner of the world. They feel it when they need to get a crosstown bus, when they want to run the drug dealers off the corner, when their kids sweat in a dilapidated school building, when their son goes to Iraq because he can't find a decent job in this wealthy town.