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Thumbs up: The right to a decent taxi

If, after a night of carousing with your friends you wisely

decide to call a cab for the ride home, the city is trying to make sure that

ride gets you there in one piece and for a decent price. Any licensed taxicab

should display a passenger bill of rights, listing nine conduct requirements,

including that you only pay the amount shown on the meter, that you can pay

with a credit card and that your driver takes the shortest route possible. By

the end of the month, this list should appear in all 700 licensed taxis in

Indianapolis. Buyer beware if you don't see the list. To file a complaint,

remember the taxi company name and vehicle number and call 317-327-TAXI or


Thumbs up: Older dogs and cats want YOU

Looking for a dog or cat to make your family complete, but

not sure if you want to go through all the hassle of raising a puppy? Through

this Friday, the Humane Society is offering a special deal for people adopting

dogs and cats in their care that are at least four years-old. The usual fee for

adoption is $35 to $150. But, with this special Independence Day offer, you can

bring home a new family member for just $17.76. The pets come spayed or

neutered and with several vaccinations. Find more information at

Thumbs down: Duh

It's amazing how easy it is to get thoroughly meaningless

laws passed by our state legislature. Case in point, the new law requiring everyone

who wants to buy a six-pack or a bottle of wine to show ID. As if this is going

to prevent underagers from getting their hands on the stuff once their

indulgent, doddering elders bring it home. Then again, in our state legislature

it seems the odds of a bill passing go up in direct relation to its real world


Thumbs up: Online voter registration

Indiana is making it easier than ever to register to vote

(assuming, of course, that you can prove you are who you say you are!). If you

have a valid driver's license or state-issued ID card, you can go to to submit a new

voter registration application or to update an existing voter registration

record. Indiana residents have until midnight on Monday, October 4, 2010 to

register in order to participate in the November 2010 General Election. For

more information on voter eligibility and online voter services, call

866-IN-1-VOTE or visit


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