A Biblical Pestilence?

By Joe Blondo, Taxi Driver, Seattle

What Have We Wrought?

Can it be true,
or can it be not,
what we have brought
upon ourselves?
Could it be a divine
old Testament
pestilence
reminding us sins are
counted
and the numbers are in,
God
smiting us like
so many wayward
Egyptians
in a blood-red
sea?
Again
having done what,
what have we
done
to be punished so?

While of course an exaggeration, it does at times seem that we in taxi industry are cursed or under attack from less than benign spirits, given the numbers of obstacles placed in from of us, obstructing from making a simple dollar.  Last week four Yellow cabbies were given citations from the City of Seattle for the crime of not having their for-hire licenses copied, enlarged, then posted in the cab.

That the 10,000 plus Seattle Uber and Lyft drivers, under the same requirement having a current and valid for-hire license are neither stopped nor cited for similar violations says much about what is occurring.  The question is both why are we treated differently and just why does the City of Seattle and King County think we in the taxi industry will continue to accept the unacceptable?  Puzzling it is but certainly not indecipherable.

When actions like these are this contradictory, there must be an easily assessable key to unlock what isn’t truly a mystery, Sherlock Holmes I am sure quickly solving the case because the perpetrators are well known, knowing who they are other than personal motives.  Just what are their motives, and if they are not working for us, who is their employer?  Yes, Mister Holmes, help us as we tire, growing weary from this unjust and inhumane persecution. Enough already, enough!

Laura Nyro’s “Save the County”

For anyone depressed about current happenings in our country, I suggest you listen to Laura Nyro’s (1947-1997) song from her 1969 album, “New York Tendaberry”—-“Save The Country,” something that might boost the spirits.

“Come on people
come on children
come on down to the glory river
gonna wash you up
and wash you down
gonna lay the devil”

(we’re gonna lay that devil down!)

Reprinted with permission from Real Seattle Taxi.

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