Catching a Ride
Focus should be on limos, not taxis: The SFMTA needs to focus on stopping illegal limos from stealing the fares of taxi drivers off the street ["Color Schemes," Rachel Swan, News, 4/3]. This is a much greater problem to a driver's income than the stupid $5 to get a cab for a shift. WTF. Where is people's common sense?
Taxis vs. Start-Ups
Reader for the cab industry: The idea of "the sharing economy" is equivalent to the superfluous duplication of high-risk businesses that embodies the Wall Street Ponzi scheme, with incentives provided by neo-liberal capitalism ["Chopped Livery," Rachel Swan, feature, 3/27]. That is, deregulation, privatization, and government realignment, subjecting countries and citizens to fungible speculative assets. Growth induced disparity eventually ensues. Uber, SideCar and Lyft are rent-seekers, feeding off disengaged, reckless consumers who have no notion of the future consequences.
Reader for the cab-industry competition: The taxi industry in S.F. has been so corrupt, greedy and unsafe for so long that I have zero guilt about taking a Lyft instead of sitting in the rain for 20 minutes only to have the first cab that actually stops ask where I am going and then say "I don't go there" before driving off and leaving me alone. They brought this upon themselves.
Blog Comments of the Week
Traffic woes didn't dampen reader's day: Love Erin Sherbert's writing style ["President Obama to Arrive in S.F. Today, Traffic Will Suck," the Snitch, 4/3]! I live near the fundraising sites, so I saw some of the demonstrators during my late afternoon walk. They were well-organized and friendly.
Marin residents are still crying: Some things never change ["Recent Acquisitions: Commuter's Crying Towel for Marin Residents," Alexis Coe, the Exhibitionist, 4/2]. Marin County residents like to believe that they live in the hippest, coolest, most progressive place in California, but in reality they live in a traffic-jam nightmare. Created by intention, by civic and county leaders that refused to make plans for additional roads or any rail transportation. Perhaps "Commuter's Crying Towel" should be updated.
Reader reminds writer that it's just a song: Take it easy ["Beyonce's "Bow Down": How Did She Go So Wrong?" Rae Alexandra, All Shook Down, 3/22]. It's just a song. It's just pop music. Simmer down. It's meant to be enjoyed, not dissected. It's pop music, fluff, cotton candy, like all pop songs are. What's the problem?