...on page A6 of a recent morning paper showed a large crowd standing in front of a building clearly labeled as the Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
The crowd in the picture had assembled to honor a true civic hero at his funeral. Officer Roy Bradway had been slain "doing his duty." The dangerous job of protecting his fellow citizens.
The text accompanying the picture carried a "tribute" from the mayor of this city. This is the same man who has just demanded that officers of the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) renegotiate - to give up - their scheduled pay increase for municipal budgetary reasons.
The building was built by the taxpayers to house the poverty-stricken basketball team, which needs an annual multi-million dollar subsidy to maintain it, but which has just contracted to pay one player nearly $20 million per year.
Does anyone else see any irony here - that this dedicated public servant should be honored in this building by this mayor?
Officer Bradway received a well earned and a wonderfully appropriate farewell salute from thousands of Indianapolis citizens. In life and in death, he deserved better from this city’s "leadership."
There is something terribly wrong with this picture, and the civic "culture" it represents.