Modern Living: Call Me a Taxi, You Yellow Cab!

In New York City, nothing is more onerous than debt and taxis; while the former is easy to get into, the latter is harder to get out of. Task forces are at work trying to cure the city of its financial problems, but very little has ever been done to ease the torments that cabs and their drivers inflict upon a helpless public.

A taxi ride is the chief means by which New York City tests the mettle of its people. A driver, for example, is chosen for his ability to abuse the passenger in...