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Dream A Little DREAMER of Me

Saturday, September 23rd, 2017

I’ve never really had an issue with illegal immigration. If someone is willing to risk life and limb, to run, jump and swim to America for a better life, that’s someone with a work ethic I want living here, as opposed to my fellow American who is too lazy or stupid to get a job […]

Here’s How You Deal with Hate

Thursday, August 17th, 2017

Let’s establish this right now.  Nazis are not cool.  The KKK is not okay.  And there is nothing supreme about white supremacists.   I can’t say that any more clearly.  And if your response to the incident in Charlottesville is “but what about” save us both the trouble and stop reading right now. Yes, I am […]

Politics & Politeness

Saturday, August 12th, 2017

The other day I had the honor of helping emcee the 10-Point Coalition’s annual luncheon.  It’s an event raise money for programs that tackle issues like urban youth violence and empowering minority communities to help make them self-sufficient.   The keynote Speaker was Vice-President and former Governor Mike Pence.   I covered Pence as a Congressman and […]

The Revolution Has Been Gentrified

Sunday, July 16th, 2017

Normally when I write my annual post about the Second Saturday night of Indiana Black Expo, it’s about the interaction between law enforcement and the youth in downtown Indy.  Not this year.  As in the past four years, the kids and cops were fine.  There were a couple of minor issues, but no more or […]

A Few More Facts About Police Action Shootings

Saturday, July 15th, 2017

Last year I did a deep dive into the data regarding police action/officer related shootings as they were very prominent in the headlines. It looks like this will be an annual event.   Part of my motivation is today’s rally at the statehouse where, if their past statements are any indication, the 21st century equivalent […]

Let’s Talk Taxes & Fees

Wednesday, July 5th, 2017

When I drove to Chicago over the long holiday weekend with my brother, we were worried about how much the increase in the state gas tax was going to cost us. He drove, and I paid for gas, so I  carefully monitored how much gas we put in the car for the trip.   His car […]

Get Your Facts, First and Straight

Friday, June 30th, 2017

You all know by now when it comes to crime,  I have minimal sympathy for people who break the law, and bad things happen to them in the process. With that said, my legal and journalistic training mandate getting the facts first before making a judgment call.  You can do some informed speculation based on […]

IPS Makes Right Move

Wednesday, June 28th, 2017

Despite the wailing and gnashing of teeth on social media and conspiracy theories that would make Alex Jones blush, Indianapolis Public Schools is making the right decision by closing Broad Ripple High School and turning Northwest and Arlington into middle schools.  It’s also continuing with its plans to close down John Marshall. I understand the […]

One Answer to the $240,000 Question

Monday, June 26th, 2017

This may sound odd, but from a legal perspective, the fact the Jennifer Messer, wife of likely U.S. Senate candidate Luke Messer made $240,000 from the Town of Fishers as a contractual attorney working an average of 26.5 hours a week is not a big deal; from a legal perspective. Jennifer is a contractual attorney […]

Murder by the Numbers

Wednesday, June 14th, 2017

So far this year, the city of Indianapolis is averaging a murder every three days. Criminal homicide statistics provided by IMPD show 55 murders between January 1 and June 11. And as in years past,  most of the victims and suspects had criminal records. Of the 55 murder victims, local adult criminal histories were found […]