I found Bloomington Councilman Mike Sprague's recent comments regarding the smoking issue both humorous and troubling:
w Humorous because Sprague, a likeable, affable 10-year veteran of the council was one who not only ignored the results of the arena referendum but also voted not to delay the decision to build the $40 million entertainment center until the Bloomington residents could be heard on the issue through the advisory referendum. It seems hypocritical for Councilman Sprague to propose a referendum on any issue.
w Troubling because the councilman obviously doesn't understand another government process when he stated "There were four votes then to allow for a referendum [on the coliseum]." The requirement to put a referendum on the ballot was 1,800 signatures of registered Bloomington voters. Forty-six hundred signatures were obtained. The council had nothing to do with allowing a referendum.
Each year a smaller percentage of Americans are smoking. I feel certain the eight members of our City Council can come to a reasonable resolution to this issue that will accommodate smokers, non-smokers and restaurant owners.
Rather than trying to solve problems that don't exist, I would encourage Councilman Sprague and his colleagues to enjoy a short drive to the north to Lake Bloomington and focus on a real public problem -water.