It should come as no surprise that with the Indy 500 bearing down on us like a skunk trying to pass a bowling ball, Indianapolis is giving the city a good wash-down and sweeping-up;* but here's bad advice masquerading as good:
"[...C]igarette butts [...] have become a real problem, especially with the
city-wide smoking ban. Those butts end up on the sidewalks and streets.
The idea is to also encourage everyone to use trash cans and keep
The scene: Downtown Indianapolis, May 2013, as Mrs. Racefan and little Tammy Racefan, age 7, exit their hotel:
"Gee, Ma, it's sure a nice, clean soul-searing Midwestern wasteland, but why are all the trash cans on fire?"
"Shaddup. I'll tell you when we're safely back on Lon Giland!"
The public trash can: not an ashtray. Neither's the gutter, but if those are your only choices.... Anti-smoking laws: about as effective as drug laws and about as free from unwanted side-effects.
* And if you think this year's something, wait 'til 2014! April ends with the NRA convention; May opens with the Mini-Marathon, followed by race prep, followed by the Indy 500 race, followed by the Indy 1500 gun show.
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