I found it interesting that you refer to the construction of the coliseum as if its success were already an accomplished fact, even though no events have been completed, let alone any bonds retired.
I certainly hope the Bloomington council would hold an advisory referendum on the smoking in bars issue before enacting an ordinance. I'm sure they won't pay any more attention to the results than they did on the arena vote, but at least it makes it easier to sort which bums to throw out in the next election.
Perhaps your paper might want to sponsor a tour of area schools for our former mayor and council members where they can explain to history and government classes why they know better than the voters who actually show up to vote. Mayor Judy can explain that if you are not seeking re-election voter approval/disapproval, you don't need to listen. The two defeated councilmen can explain what happens if you are running.
James M."Mike" White