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DURST: New York Cabs

Durst writes: "New York City without dirty rude cab drivers is like Los Angeles with clean air. It's like a winter in Minneapolis wearing shorts."
 
 
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According to the New York Daily News, which means it has to be true, New York City Yellow Cabs went on strike yesterday because of strict new regulations that Mayor Rudolph Giuliani has proposed to the Taxi Commission, which votes on May 28th. Averring they would be driven out of business, the cabbies protested the onerous new rules, which include barring the drivers from smoking, playing loud music and fines for ignoring or cursing costumers. They would also mandate drug tests for new drivers, raise insurance liability requirements, and raise fines up to $1000 for reckless driving and other traffic violations. What does Giuliani think he's doing? New York City without dirty rude cab drivers is like Los Angeles with clean air. It's like a winter in Minneapolis wearing shorts. When you go to Tijuana and the federales refuse your bribe, you're pissed, right? So why is Rudy trying to screw with American preconceptions of New York? Next thing you know, he'll make personal hygiene a requirement for entering the 212 area code. Maybe we can elect him to national office and have him work on the 202 area code. Make graft and corruption a extraditable offense. Of course then all our Representatives would have to commit their carnage from home. And then the rest of us could strike. At the ballot box. Nah, that's too easy.Will Durst loves the idea of Gingrich Gridlock.