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Taxi Article Hails Responses
Short system flaws not cabbies' fault: In Matt Smith's rant, "The SFO Cannonball Run" [Feature, 3/24], he implies that the SFO short system "rewards cabbies to speed and terrorizes downtown pedestrians" and even takes a dig at San Francisco's so-called pro-labor traditions, suggesting the SFO system caters to the cab drivers' moneymaking ventures and not to airport customers who use cabs.

We drive like we do because we depend upon our wits and experience; hotels don't call us individually, but they do call limos. We drive like we do because customers call two cab companies and we get a "no-show" and no money for showing up. We drive like we do because outlaw limos are picking up fares illegally at SFO. We drive like we do because we receive no government pensions, nor are we part of a strong union. We drive like we do because we owe the cab company $100 even before taking our first fare. We drive like we do because no one, not the cab companies nor government systems nor Matt Smith, pays our bills.

Yes, we have idiots as drivers, and reckless cab drivers, and Matt Smith met one; that is not the short system's fault. Talking to idiots and reckless cabbies and ranting about fictitious liberal-leaning government services will not solve the short-system problem at SFO. The solution to speeding cabbies is to define "shorts" not by time, but with distance by using a GPS system: simple and reliable.

On the other hand, SF Weekly wouldn't have cool-looking cartoons in its feature story if the story had such a simple solution.

Cortney Welch

San Francisco cab driver

Pissed Off at Peeing Hipsters
Partiers take and don't give: I was born, raised, and have lived in San Francisco for 55 years and now live in SOMA. What I have found is that the whole San Francisco Late Night Coalition crew of hipsters ["Turning the Tables," Lois Beckett, Feature, 3/17] could care less about anything or anyone beyond the end of their noses.

The people who organize afterparties and early morning events almost never chat with people living in the neighborhood; they just do their thing. It is that sense of entitlement that burns me. When neighbors get together to clean up the neighborhood, paint out tags, and make the place safer, these hipsters are never around. They love to play, but contribute nothing to making our neighborhood a safer area. They are selfish in their love of throwing down their empty bottles and cans and peeing on their way home, and needless to say, their boozed-up talking outside from 2 a.m. till dawn is par for the course. Bottom line: They take and never give back to the community.

They consider the city their adult Disneyland, and many of them are bridge-and-tunnel kids, too.

Hipster Cry Babies

Web comment

Snitch Blog Comments of the Week
In response to a blog post about an initiative to tax and regulate marijuana making it onto the November ballot: Getting it on the ballot was easy. You go to the people to get signatures. But how do you get potheads to the voting booth?

I'm not throwing everyone into one bong; I know there are successful members of society out there who imbibe pot without destroying their lives (I haven't met any admitted ones yet, but I keep looking). They'll vote as they do every year, but I'm asking a serious question: How do you get drug users who lack the motivation to change their own sweatpants into a car, bus, or subway and into their local voting booths? That will take a lot of money to raise awareness. I would vote to legalize it, but not to smoke it. I want to see less violence in the world. If this helps, so be it.

Sparky

How do you get them to the voting booth? Easy. Not all of them are your stereotypical potheads who sit around watching Clerks all day or whatnot. Most of them probably would like to enjoy it like a microbrew, once in a while and responsibly. But for the red-eyed few who turned down their music long enough to gain the composure to read this article, tell them they no longer have to be paranoid about their state locking them up or reporting them to the feds for sitting at home burning a plant or growing it. I would say that's a big motivator right there.

Doug

 
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