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SHABAZZ: Thank you for choosing to smoke, or not

November 14, 2009
Anti-smoking advocates like to push the image of servers forced to work in a smoke-filled bar because they have no choice. Sorry my friends, in real life the facts tend to lead otherwise.

Township jobs offer benefits, money for little work

February 23, 2009

Just like Willie Sutton, who liked to rob banks because that's where the money was, I'm going to get myself a job in township government because, "There is gold in them thar hills."


Commentary: All the signs of an upset were there

December 3, 2007
I recently had a post-election conversation with a good friend who is a staunch supporter of Mayor Bart Peterson. We were talking about the two-term incumbent's loss to the little-known challenger, Greg Ballard. My friend told me, "Abdul, I never thought Bart Peterson would lose." My response: "Neither did he and that's why he did." I am amazed at how many people were shocked at what happened less than a month ago, because, if you paid attention, you saw it...

Commentary: To the victor go the schools?

November 5, 2007
I have no idea who will get the job of mayor of Indianapolis come Nov. 7. But whoever it is can make a real difference in this town by tackling its most pressing issue: public schools. Good schools are the lifeblood of any community. They increase property values, lower crime and make your municipality more attractive to companies looking to relocate. Marion County schools haven't had the best track records. Whether it's Indianapolis Public Schools and its academic performance, Washington...

Commentary: Here's how to make a living (wage)

October 1, 2007
Of all the topics I could have chosen to write about this week, the one I kept coming back to was the whole issue of "living wage." You guys are a pretty sharp audience by the fact you read this publication, so maybe one of you can help me figure out the living wage crowd. I just don't get them. If you saw last week's IBJ, you probably read Michael Dabney's story on the ongoing efforts by the Service Employees...

Commentary: Is this any way to run a government?

September 3, 2007
As someone who writes and pontificates about the events of the day, summer is usually my slow season. I have to work hard to find things to write and talk about for public consumption. However, this summer has been a whole different matter. We have all been taken aback by the tax protests and subsequent government actions to mitigate the damage. But that wasn't the big story that caught my attention. The story that stuck in my craw was the...

Commentary: Mo' money causes mo' problems

August 6, 2007
Many of you who read this column know I do a number of things to make a living. I host the morning radio show at WXNT-AM 1430, practice law, write this column, teach at the University of Indianapolis and Ivy Tech Community College, act, perform stand- and most recently started doing commentary at WRTV Channel 6. I make a pretty good living and, with the exception of my son, who inherited his adopted father's bad spending habits, I don't do...

Commentary: Don't like new taxes? Voter, blame thyself!

July 2, 2007
A lot of people across Marion County are going to be upset this month as their property tax bills start landing on their doorsteps. Taxes are expected to increase an average of 24 percent. Although that means there will be some people with tax increases much less, there will be a lot more with increases way above that number. I've already heard stories of 30-percent increases in tax bills, 50-percent increases, and one poor soul told me he got a...

Commentary: Super Bowl pales compared to other woes

June 4, 2007
I had originally planned to write this month's column about the "Titanic-Hindenbergesque" disaster that was last month's primary election in Marion County. I had the best lines all set about the incompetence of the County Clerk's office, the disenfranchisement of more than 3,000 voters, or the hypocrisy of the Amercian Civil Liberties Union, the Indiana Legislative Black Caucus and other groups that oppose Voter ID and don't speak out about the voters who were not able to cast their ballots....

Commentary: It's time to split Indiana in two

April 2, 2007
A couple of years ago, during the daylight-saving time debate, a caller into my radio show suggested Indiana be divided into two time zones, one Eastern, one Central, with U.S. 31 as the dividing line. The caller suggested that, this way, people who wanted to be in the Eastern time zone could live in the eastern half of the state and those who wanted to be on Central time could live in the western half. I told the caller he...

Commentary: If they can't teach 'em, let's sue 'em!

March 5, 2007
I have always been a big believer in education. It's something I got from my parents. They told me that, since I wasn't born into money and had no athletic ability, I better get a good education if I wanted to improve my chances of being successful in life. I've been very fortunate that the teachers I've had over the years, from my public grade and high schools in Chicago to graduate school to law school, have been awesome. In...
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  1. Of what value is selling alcoholic beverages to State Fair patrons when there are many families with children attending. Is this the message we want to give children attending and participating in the Fair, another venue with alooholic consumption onsite. Is this to promote beer and wine production in the state which are great for the breweries and wineries, but where does this end up 10-15 years from now, lots more drinkers for the alcoholic contents. If these drinks are so important, why not remove the alcohol content and the flavor and drink itself similar to soft drinks would be the novelty, not the alcoholic content and its affects on the drinker. There is no social or material benefit from drinking alcoholic beverages, mostly people want to get slightly or highly drunk.

  2. I did;nt know anyone in Indiana could count- WHY did they NOT SAY just HOW this would be enforced? Because it WON;T! NOW- with that said- BIG BROTHER is ALIVE in this Article-why take any comment if it won't appease YOU PEOPLE- that's NOT American- with EVERYTHING you indicated is NOT said-I can see WHY it say's o Comments- YOU are COMMIES- BIG BROTHER and most likely- voted for Obama!

  3. In Europe there are schools for hairdressing but you don't get a license afterwards but you are required to assist in turkey and Italy its 7 years in japan it's 10 years England 2 so these people who assist know how to do hair their not just anybody and if your an owner and you hire someone with no experience then ur an idiot I've known stylist from different countries with no license but they are professional clean and safe they have no license but they have experience a license doesn't mean anything look at all the bad hairdressers in the world that have fried peoples hair okay but they have a license doesn't make them a professional at their job I think they should get rid of it because stateboard robs stylist and owners and they fine you for the dumbest f***ing things oh ur license isn't displayed 100$ oh ur wearing open toe shoes fine, oh there's ONE HAIR IN UR BRUSH that's a fine it's like really? So I think they need to go or ease up on their regulations because their too strict

  4. Exciting times in Carmel.

  5. Twenty years ago when we moved to Indy I was a stay at home mom and knew not very many people.WIBC was my family and friends for the most part. It was informative, civil, and humerous with Dave the KING. Terri, Jeff, Stever, Big Joe, Matt, Pat and Crumie. I loved them all, and they seemed to love each other. I didn't mind Greg Garrison, but I was not a Rush fan. NOW I can't stand Chicks and all their giggly opinions. Tony Katz is to abrasive that early in the morning(or really any time). I will tune in on Saturday morning for the usual fun and priceless information from Pat and Crumie, mornings it will be 90.1