2 readers online now  |  69 million page views

My letter to the Minneapolis Airport Commission

Reader comment on item: More on Those Alcohol-shy Taxi Drivers

Submitted by Melisa (United States), Oct 10, 2006 at 17:28

Mr. Patrick Hogan

Minneapolis Airport Commission

Dear Mr. Hogan,

I am not sure I understand how the belief system of a cab driver can dictate what passenger could be carried, provided the passenger's behavior is not an issue. In a private market, a cab driver could refuse any fare he likes ("No shirt, no shoes, no service"). But with a public service, there can be no refusal without reprisal.

Let's say, for example, that the busiest day of the year, maybe Saint Patrick's Day, required all hands on deck. Each cabby is asked by his company to work, and the day falls on a Friday. One cabby, who is observant and Jewish, asks his employer to be excused from working Friday night, as it is the Sabbath. The employer exempts him. His "spot" on the taxi line is taken by other, willing workers. A second cabby, who is observant and Jewish, is not excused by his boss. His boss explains that Friday nights are big business for the company, he was hired to work according to business need, he can't afford to have people taking Friday nights off. He tells the cabby he must work or face termination. The cabby goes to work and puts his cab in line. He then tells potential passengers that he will not carry them as he is Jewish, and observant, and it's against his religion to carry a passenger, in fact, he's risking his eternal life just driving to work that day. The passenger is rebuffed and must go to the next cab in line. The refusal earns the observant Jew a spot at the end of the line.

The important thing to notice are the multiple perspectives that involve SERVICE versus LEGALITY:

1. From the passenger's perspective, the first cabby wasn't a problem because he wasn't there to refuse service. Maybe there were a lot of observant Jews who were excused from work that night, and as a result there was a shorter line and longer wait to get a cab. This is a SERVICE issue that MAC and the privately-owned but publically-regulated cab companies work out on a "staffing" basis. (How many cabs do we need to make the holiday, convention, etc. work?)

2. From the passenger's perspective, the second cabby was a SERVICE issue (Why is this guy even here if he doesn't want to carry patrons? Sheesh! I'm never coming back to this town...what a hassle!)

You are hoping, with your two-color light bar, solve the SERVICE issues listed above. Here is the problem all of America should recognize:

3. From the first cabby's employer's perspective, he has a business that can support a flexible employee policy. He has decided to make accommodations for his employees' spiritual and family needs where possible, and will probably be nominated for 2006's list of Best Places in Minnesota to Work. He finds a monetary return in the retention of quality employees by helping them, where possible, to observe religious holidays. This is a MARKET decision.

4. From the second cabby's employer's perspective, his business is running so tight, he cannot afford (and still remain competitive) to allow people to just willy-nilly ask for scheduling accommodations for a religious holiday. He has cabbies who work on Christmas, Yom Kippur and on the Eids and cannot make distinctions. He tells his staff when he hires them of his requirements. They accept the job, or they go work for the employer listed in example number three, or they become bakers. The employees that accede, and go to work, but refuse passengers cause the second employer a MARKET problem. The service issue reflects poorly on his company and he must decide whether to discipline the employee, terminate him or change his policy. This is a MARKET decision.

From the employers' perspectives, there is a cause and effect to these business decisions that are entirely in their purview as private businesses. Now, let's look at the problem that your two-color light bar solution ignores:

5. From the tax-paying community's perspective, MAC is a governmental regulatory operation, funded by the taxpayer in order to (among other things, obviously) create a public utility (airport taxi service) from the disparate private taxi companies choosing to do business in Minneapolis and the surrounding area. By trying to solve the "problem", MAC has chosen to treat only the SERVICE issue with illegal and unconstitutional means and is ignoring the obvious and MARKET solutions. The regulatory agency may not make a policy that separates the market into religious and non-religions considerations. There are no laws being broken here (to wit, passengers carrying unopened bottles), so a taxpayer-funded agency may not impose on the private employer the burden of running TWO separate schedules (Do I have enough white and blue light cars on staff tonight to remain competitive?). What will alcohol-toting passengers do if the only cabs in the line are blue light? No cab for them today? Now, the private employer is forced to examine religious considerations when hiring, which is currently illegal (Will you drive a passenger carrying alcohol? Do I want to hire Muslims if it means I can't be competitive any more?). This is a LEGAL issue.

Additionally, drivers are now pigeon-holed and self-identified as Muslims, rather than cabbies. Do you think the selection of alcohol or a seeing-eye dog as an objectionable fare consideration is accidental? What if had been women with bare arms, or unmarried couples, or uncovered hair, or Jews? The refusal to transport alcohol and seeing-eye dogs is wedge activism. You are setting a precedent by which any court in the land will easily overturn this agency's decision to use religious considerations to create separate-but-equal parallel institutions. Does the phrase "cultural sensitivity" and "Islamophobia" ring any bells? These are the buzzwords that are used to frighten organizations in to kowtowing to sharia-aimed activitism.

What you have, really, is a problem with your contracted taxi services. If you tell them that the public agency will bend to accommodate religious preference, the organization is both burdened and relieved (in different ways). Their employees were hired under one set of rules, and are now using their numbers to ask for a different policy. The drivers are well within their rights to request a different policy. They can create an action committee, they can organize, they can try to get the legislature to pass a bill prohibiting the transport of alcohol in cabs because....because....because...I don't know why, but that's the process. Blackmailing an agency directly and using service levels as leverage is not how this kind of policy is made. Check with the no-smoking-in-Minneapolis-and-Bloomington folks to find out how hard they worked to create a burdensome policy based on health-related issues, let alone a religious consideration. This is our system, folks.

A fare refusal (except for those that are behavior or perceived risk to life -related) should result in a spot at the end of the line. You state that your agency is not in the business of interpreting sharia law or religious texts. However, there is no basis for your decision to create separate-but-equal cab queues (even though there would appear to be one line, there are really two) other than religious considerations. This is unacceptable. Your two-color light solution is not a solution; it is an appeasement.

I'm hoping you have had a staff lawyer or two busily extrapolating the results of this proposed policy and realizing that there is nothing that your agency has in its charter that would protect you or the public from the following scenarios:

  • Refusal of fares based on race, unaccompanied women, perceived homosexuals, people with ham or bacon in their grocery bags, lap dogs, seeing-eye and other assistance dogs, women with bare heads or uncovered arms, passengers leaving a bar
  • Refusal of passengers to patronize these self-selecting fare-snobs: Non-Muslims refusing the next cab in line as a protest of the no-alcohol policy, Jews or Christians refusing to travel in Somali-driven cabs
  • Denial of a new cab company's participation because the owner is unwilling to separate his drivers into alcohol and non-alcohol drivers
  • A lawsuit where a company with a high Muslim-driver percentage sues the agency because more fares and business go to a company that doesn't advertise a no-alcohol drivers. "Unfair!" They'll cry.
  • How does this work on 6th street in Minneapolis? No taxi director there, create signage informing those newly arrived to our fair state that they have to beware or face humiliation if carrying alcohol and not knowing the rules? Why stop at Minneapolis?
  • Will Metro Transit allow their bus drivers, contracted through private companies, to refuse anyone for the above reasons? Is there a price tag limit to how much a taxpayer-funded agency would consider when deciding which religious consideration is more important to weigh?
  • Will a city or state toll-taker on a state highway refuse to offer passage on the public highways because a beer truck wants to travel on it? What about accepting money from objectionable travelers for whatever arbitrary reason...what will those drivers do? Back up? How?

The list and ramifications are unending. Your agency, in an effort to be politcally correct and solve a service problem that could be solved by telling the contracted cab companies they may not refuse a fare based on anything but behavior without it resulting in end-of-the line treatment, has moved into dhimmitude.

Wikipedia describes "dhimmitude" this way: "Today the term dhimmitude is often used to allude to the conduct of non-Muslims who submit to the terms of the dhimmi by ceding their own or their subject's individual rights such as free speech to placate Islamic pressure groups." - www.wikipedia.com

As a public agency, you do not have the right to bend to these market pressures. A desire to refuse short fares is not the issue. A desire to make all non-Muslims accommodate religious whim is. You have the responsibility of telling the contracted companies that they may handle their employees' religious preferences as an internal matter, and not responding to the religious issue as if it were a real consideration. It is not. This is not the profession for you if you can't handle the requirements of the job. The responsibility of resolving the service issue lies with the employer. Place the service issue back with them and stay out of the creeping creation of parallel communities. This should continue to be handled as you have handled it thus far: back-of-the-line, red-faced passengers, telling the cab companies that MAC is not in the religious observance business. Just because it's getting uncomfortable isn't a reason to capitulate.

Here's an idea: Get business cards from the cab companies to keep at the stand. When a passenger is refused, and the cab is sent to the back of the line, give the owner's card to the refused passenger and let him complain to the owners. The embarrassed and indignant passengers complain to MAC because it is the path of least resistance. Get enough complaints and any owner who wants to remain in business will curtail his drivers' behavior and his own hiring practices to match the customers' needs.

Place the action with the employer. You do not have the authority to make a two-color light decision, in my view.

Most respectfully,


Note: Opinions expressed in comments are those of the authors alone and not necessarily those of Daniel Pipes. Original writing only, please. Comments are screened and in some cases edited before posting. Reasoned disagreement is welcome but not comments that are scurrilous, off-topic, commercial, disparaging religions, or otherwise inappropriate. For complete regulations, see the "Guidelines for Reader Comments".

Submit a comment on this item

<< Previous Comment      Next Comment >>

Reader comments (203) on this item

Title Commenter Date Thread
1Hypocrite mongol muslims enjoy hard drinking!!! [172 words]Muslimk***May 23, 2010 04:05173254
Next time Holy Cross will not be allowed [56 words]Ravi Ranjan Singh BharatPanthiSep 12, 2010 11:35173254
Judge a book by the cover? [58 words]benladenDec 31, 2010 12:14173254
Book cover has different /deceiving words and some other text [110 words]RaviJan 3, 2011 05:07173254
1Well the easy solution is to allow in many many more muslims to the West, then this type of discrimination will seem normal. ..May .2010 [145 words]Phil GreendMay 16, 2010 12:47172745
deport them [54 words]j davisDec 31, 2009 18:20166638
Being a Muslim is not a crime [72 words]faisal ahmedJul 13, 2009 12:30158800
1NOT BEING A MUSLIM IS NOT A CRIME EITHER! [50 words]Abu NudnikJul 16, 2009 17:49158800
Being a muslim is not a crime. [35 words]GuardiansozMay 25, 2010 19:03158800
Please understand not being a Muslim is also no crime [43 words]Ravi Ranjan Singh BharatPanthiSep 12, 2010 11:25158800
1Ironically [100 words]John PhilipsSep 10, 2008 05:05138222
AMERICAN-ISLAMIC RELATIONS [96 words]knightriderAug 6, 2008 06:42136345
way to go home of the free [137 words]nabilApr 16, 2008 05:19125804
1A more pro-active solution is called for [201 words]MitchMay 29, 2007 18:4595166
13This is Jihad [181 words]RaviJan 3, 2011 05:2595166
Never met a Muslim who didn't drink alcohol [105 words]MacMay 9, 2007 21:5792309
Muslim drinking [127 words]Prof. M.Sep 11, 2007 22:1992309
FYI to my dear Friend Mac [124 words]Fajri Al KautsarSep 12, 2008 17:2392309
grandchild [150 words]robbyn smithNov 29, 2008 17:2892309
Fajri Al Kautsar and Rahmatan Lil Alamiin (Kindness to the Universe) [611 words]GuardiansozMay 25, 2010 19:2792309
Fajri Al Kautsar and Rahmatan Lil Alamiin (Kindness to the Universe) [60 words]GuardiansozMay 25, 2010 19:3192309
Thanks Dr. Pipes [75 words]MelMApr 23, 2007 00:1290267
A Letter to MAC [141 words]YnnatchkahApr 20, 2007 13:4289945
religious double standard [26 words]John SmithApr 17, 2007 17:2189538
religious double standard and request for help [119 words]EileenApr 24, 2007 22:3089538
never mind [8 words]eileenApr 29, 2007 23:1489538
The Minnesota saga expands to checkout cashiers and pork [1 words]J GreeneMar 14, 2007 14:5986291
Next the Airlines? [47 words]BettyMar 4, 2007 11:5480094
Everyone carry a bottle! [100 words]Justin KaseMar 3, 2007 19:1979993
minnesota muslims [54 words]DonnaMar 19, 2007 12:3179993
Muslim Taxi Drivers [18 words]GreyopsMar 1, 2007 20:1979620
1Alien Taxi Drivers Who Are anti-American, Are Only The Latest Outrage [798 words]marianaMar 1, 2007 00:0479457
re:mariana's thoughts [19 words]snakesavageMar 2, 2007 02:0679457
To Mariana [260 words]Ynna (tchkah)Mar 2, 2007 16:1079457
To SNAKESAVAGE. I was thinking about that, and did cut half the caps out. [97 words]marianaMar 2, 2007 18:5479457
To Ynna. Thank you. [1266 words]marianaMar 2, 2007 22:2579457
Some Points. [807 words]YnnatchkahMar 4, 2007 05:3779457
Ynnatchkah: Loved yours too; sick to death of almost all things California, but there are more important things in life. [1082 words]marianaMar 6, 2007 15:0779457
Maybe a good idea? [615 words]EdwardFeb 24, 2007 12:2878669
Just wondering if the relation and insistence is somehow linked to Ellison [109 words]YnnaFeb 24, 2007 03:2378610
Booze and the Twins [23 words]Jacques BakkeFeb 23, 2007 23:0978588
A problem in many fields [89 words]KevinFeb 23, 2007 15:2278540
Filthy Infidels [49 words]NW DenizenFeb 23, 2007 15:1778539
And another example of people imposing their religion on good Americans... [81 words]NotAHypocriteFeb 23, 2007 15:1478538
Taxis + explosives = terrorist armed vehicles in Iraq [66 words]Joe EganFeb 23, 2007 12:3878504
no to cab drivers. [22 words]mika solamiFeb 22, 2007 22:2978437
somalis [12 words]dowmApr 14, 2007 02:1978437
You're choosing the wrong fight [94 words]an OntarianFeb 22, 2007 14:5878364
amazed [71 words]usmc2493Feb 24, 2007 08:5978364
Alcohol, Minnesota and "certain Muslims" [80 words]Stephane S LubiczFeb 22, 2007 14:5778363
Sharia & Alcohol [479 words]Mordechai Ben-MenachemFeb 22, 2007 10:3078349
Melting pot ...facing. [115 words]M.D'SouzaFeb 21, 2007 11:1078181
I was in favor of stricter penalties but now oppose them [105 words]Abu SchnorerFeb 21, 2007 10:4878178
IT'S UP TO THE TAXI DRIVERS TO GET OTHER JOBS [281 words]Sofa SogoodFeb 21, 2007 20:3478178
Unlawfu but not illegal [164 words]Abu SchnorerApr 5, 2007 19:1778178
Taxis & Alcohol in Minnesota [153 words]Douglas E. HaslamFeb 21, 2007 10:4178174
Those multi-cultural Taxi Drivers [530 words]Les LiebermanFeb 21, 2007 06:0478149
Watch This! [1077 words]DeadMessengerDec 17, 2006 14:3169783
help the MN airport again please! [59 words]
w/response from Daniel Pipes
AnneDec 3, 2006 07:0868104
Who handles the booze at Dubai Duty Free? [66 words]Josh G.Nov 26, 2006 12:3867401
Dubai knows how to handle Mullahs [184 words]American MuslimNov 29, 2006 11:4067401
Even better way to handle muslims [111 words]Roosevelt's DiscipleMay 8, 2007 14:4167401
This has already gone beyond alcohol. [99 words]MichaelNov 26, 2006 07:4667386
If I were Mayor [20 words]PaulNov 24, 2006 19:4167229
Question time [20 words]
w/response from Daniel Pipes
Octavio JohansonNov 9, 2006 17:5665692
Problem-solving for Doctor Pipes [65 words]
w/response from Daniel Pipes
Octavio JohansonNov 9, 2006 11:3765662
What if the shoe were on the other foot [55 words]AbarbanelNov 5, 2006 21:1465337
Islamophobia [42 words]Octavio JohansonNov 3, 2006 18:5965207
no alcohol in "muslim" cabs [50 words]JON PURIZHANSKYNov 2, 2006 18:2265126
Taxi Drivers [17 words]Max SamuelOct 26, 2006 20:3364580
Who is the real culprit behind Minnesota taxi-jihad? Islamists at MAS!! [246 words]JaladhiOct 26, 2006 14:3664557
HACK License? [93 words]LoriOct 24, 2006 23:1464420
Hackney Carriage...Hansom Cab [16 words]Mark GarretsonOct 26, 2006 13:5964420
Denver too... [92 words]Scott MerkerOct 19, 2006 22:2962144
Blue Light Taxis [20 words]JohnOct 18, 2006 06:5560822
Go back to "No-Booze-istan". [848 words]Dr Ken GoldbergOct 17, 2006 23:1760786
ISLAM, THE TAXI DRIVER, AND MY 6 PACK [372 words]Louis StouchOct 17, 2006 20:4960768
Islam, The taxi driver and my six-pack [208 words]E.J. ShaferOct 25, 2006 15:5660768
Taxi drivers in Minesotta [134 words]ChristianaOct 26, 2006 00:1960768
Comment on Louis's post [102 words]Romesh ChanderNov 1, 2006 19:4660768
Muslim Taxi Drivers in Minneapolis: [68 words]ELROY J. SHAFERJan 27, 2007 16:2960768
Cabbies to become "Taliban on Wheels" [323 words]American MuslimOct 17, 2006 18:4960752
I Agree, Doc.... [17 words]FrummerOct 26, 2006 00:3560752
Time for everybody to chill out [93 words]Spar KrikorianOct 17, 2006 14:2460729
You are absolutely right! [140 words]MosheOct 18, 2006 04:5860729
Time for everyone to chill out...especially Moshe [88 words]Spar KrikorianOct 19, 2006 16:0660729
American weapons vs. Russian weapons (Israeli civilians vs. Arab civilians) [392 words]American MuslimOct 19, 2006 23:0060729
Krikorian, since you asked I will tell you what I meant by accommodation. [383 words]MosheOct 20, 2006 04:0460729
Round and round it goes... an eye for an eye making the whole world die [403 words]Spar KrikorianOct 21, 2006 02:2660729
Typical conservative tactic of tarring anyone who dares to disagree with you [423 words]Spar KrikorianOct 21, 2006 02:5360729
Krikorian, is time for YOU to chill out. [49 words]MosheOct 21, 2006 18:2460729
Dr. Qazi, why we don't see and hear more people like you? [61 words]MosheOct 22, 2006 10:3060729
History could be a baggage or a place to learn good lessons [589 words]American MuslimOct 22, 2006 21:0160729
Re: Dr. Qazi, why we don't see and hear more people like you? [318 words]American MuslimOct 24, 2006 22:2560729
Bound by Honor? [121 words]FrummerOct 26, 2006 00:5460729
Reply to Dr. Qazi. [291 words]MosheOct 27, 2006 04:4860729
Excellent comment Frummer! [9 words]MosheOct 27, 2006 04:5060729
to moshe [42 words]jon purizhanskyNov 2, 2006 18:1860729
Dr. Qazi [22 words]JON PURIZHANSKYNov 2, 2006 18:2660729
Percentage of American Muslims who support the existence of Israel [105 words]American MuslimNov 10, 2006 10:0560729
Moderation is not the way to go [372 words]YOUNG MUSLIMNov 10, 2006 10:5960729
Moderation vs. Alcohol sniffing taxi drivers who follow Egyptian Mullah Hilali [275 words]American MuslimNov 11, 2006 16:1360729
Dear Dr. Qazi, how right you are! [117 words]MosheNov 12, 2006 05:3760729
Muslims can't drive Gasahol fueled cars! [105 words]Dan BullardOct 16, 2006 20:4560645
Taxi Contents [180 words]ArchOct 19, 2006 14:2960645
THE Solution... [46 words]Paul DavidOct 16, 2006 11:2760549
Islamist brinkmanship. [60 words]MosheOct 16, 2006 06:0860530
Mormon cabbies [67 words]Alan FlemingOct 15, 2006 23:0960508
The Camel's Nose [226 words]Dwight BrownOct 12, 2006 12:5560020
What next ? Bus drivers refusing people [77 words]HarryOct 13, 2006 22:2060020
A New York City Muslim Speaks (writes rather) [146 words]Abu SahajjOct 15, 2006 21:1560020
What next? Pharmacists refusing to fill prescriptions? [41 words]LarryOct 16, 2006 12:2560020
We are talking about Public activities only [50 words]HarryOct 16, 2006 19:5160020
Bus service [46 words]Romesh ChanderNov 1, 2006 20:1260020
Somali statistics and Snakes. [281 words]RonOct 12, 2006 12:1960017
Pots calling Kettles Black [194 words]FernOct 14, 2006 05:2860017
I think you need a miracle" [119 words]fulaanaAug 15, 2010 09:0060017
To Ron with no last name-words do heart People [68 words]nuh adamAug 28, 2011 05:3460017
uk experience [59 words]david etheringtonOct 12, 2006 04:1459973
So what? [51 words]Q.Oct 15, 2006 16:1859973
Wake up! [30 words]Octavio JohansonOct 16, 2006 11:2559973
More on the English Experience [58 words]WangleseOct 16, 2006 17:5859973
Re: More on the English Experience [24 words]Octavio JohansonOct 30, 2006 08:2859973
The Koran and Alcohol [154 words]SafrazOct 12, 2006 00:4659961
The moderate muslim? [256 words]caleb whiteOct 13, 2006 03:3559961
Reply to "Moderate Muslim" [479 words]SafrazOct 15, 2006 22:0759961
Excellent comment Caleb! [108 words]MosheOct 16, 2006 05:5559961
Well said Safraz, but I disagree [338 words]caleb whiteOct 17, 2006 03:0959961
facts speak louder than words [85 words]susanOct 17, 2006 18:0759961
Safraz [414 words]DaisyOct 21, 2006 23:2459961
Daisy [273 words]SafrazOct 22, 2006 23:1659961
Daisy and Caleb White - Excellent articles... [323 words]JaladhiOct 23, 2006 13:3459961
Safraz, again. [506 words]DaisyOct 23, 2006 17:0459961
Jaladhi [57 words]DaisyOct 23, 2006 17:1559961
Multiculturalism? [603 words]SafrazOct 23, 2006 22:1559961
Safraz, redux [866 words]DaisyOct 24, 2006 17:0559961
Who is Daisy? [4 words]Joe kaffirOct 26, 2006 13:5359961
You Must Be Joe-Khan! [37 words]DaisyOct 27, 2006 10:5759961
Where to begin [122 words]No DhimmiOct 27, 2006 11:1159961
dilapidated daisy [19 words]joe kaffirOct 27, 2006 17:4859961
Reply to Daisy [411 words]SafrazOct 29, 2006 20:3959961
Daisy-Khan [19 words]Joe KaffirOct 30, 2006 23:5859961
Safraz 3 [901 words]DaisyOct 31, 2006 15:5559961
Cultural relativism [306 words]Octavio JohansonOct 31, 2006 18:2659961
Go to the back of the line... [31 words]Rick HouseOct 11, 2006 21:1359937
Why hire them? [45 words]MelMOct 11, 2006 18:0559904
Not the same thing, MeIM [123 words]Dan GoorevitchOct 11, 2006 22:0159904
I forgot to mention... [60 words]Dan GoorevitchOct 11, 2006 22:0459904
Point taken. However, the airport authority fails its responsibility to its customers. [130 words]MelMOct 12, 2006 19:5959904
Taxis and Shari'a law [92 words]Cliff ThierOct 11, 2006 16:5359892
Taxi drivers [48 words]ChristianaOct 27, 2006 05:0759892
The Mohammedan nightmare continues.... [159 words]warren raymondOct 11, 2006 16:3659889
Action must be taken [67 words]R VOct 12, 2006 09:0359889
We will apologize to our grandchildren ... [115 words]Jeff BurkeOct 14, 2006 08:1959889
An American's Response to Minnesota Moslem Taxi Drivers [313 words]David SabghirOct 11, 2006 14:2259876
'Sharia light' idea scrapped due to "overwhelming backlash" less then 24 hours after Dr.Pipes article appeared [138 words]Ben van de PolderOct 11, 2006 14:0559870
This is unbelievable- how about airplanes? [29 words]ClaudeOct 11, 2006 12:3059861
Taxi drivers and booze [74 words]Clyde SnodgrassOct 11, 2006 12:1459859
Extra Light on Taxi Roof for Muslim Drivers [33 words]Hank SteckelOct 11, 2006 12:1259858
TO THE BACK OF THE LINE... [152 words]DONVANOct 11, 2006 12:1059857
Why? [64 words]Jim FeeneyOct 11, 2006 12:0059854
put a sign in the window [35 words]Greg H.Oct 11, 2006 11:3759851
So what's next? [64 words]JoeOct 11, 2006 11:1959840
Honestly [64 words]sbOct 11, 2006 11:0659790
A solution [41 words]VijayOct 11, 2006 11:0359789
Don't bring booze into my Taxi - I respectfully disagree [102 words]Dimitri RaitzinOct 11, 2006 11:0159788
Market Forces [89 words]MelisaOct 11, 2006 19:0859788
Question of Hack license requirements [135 words]Walter HantschoOct 11, 2006 10:2859780
Mnapls cab driver issues the tip of the iceberg [189 words]Walter HantschoOct 11, 2006 22:4859780
Heard Hogan [85 words]DanOct 11, 2006 10:0059772
Christian pharmacists [70 words]redherkeyOct 11, 2006 09:5759770
Shall we all carry bottles? [110 words]KathyOct 11, 2006 09:4459768
I'm in [24 words]R VOct 12, 2006 09:1059768
Defiance! ... Great! [87 words]MelMOct 12, 2006 19:1159768
Agree with Kathy - everyone carry a bottle [38 words]Al JohnsonFeb 21, 2007 05:3959768
Revoke their taxi shield [125 words]BethOct 11, 2006 03:0259721
Good point--Violation of ADA [52 words]RitaOct 12, 2006 21:4059721
Don't Bring That Booze Into My Taxi [119 words]Terry SmytheOct 10, 2006 22:2859684
Do the other drivers really dislike the situation? [52 words]Maurizio MorabitoOct 10, 2006 17:4359656
Maurizio [65 words]MelisaOct 10, 2006 20:3459656
My letter to the Minneapolis Airport Commission [1878 words]MelisaOct 10, 2006 17:2859653
A little nitpicking, Melisa [263 words]Dan GoorevitchOct 10, 2006 23:4659653
Bottom line [109 words]Kai MastersOct 11, 2006 14:2159653
Fair pickin' [100 words]MelisaOct 11, 2006 19:0059653
1Go back to your own country [2 words]JaciFeb 28, 2007 12:4859653
Don't Bring That Booze Into My Taxi [83 words]Margaret BorgOct 10, 2006 16:0159637
What if the cabbies WERE fired for doing this? [141 words]Joshua TruaxOct 10, 2006 18:1559637
It's a cash business, man [63 words]Abu NudnikOct 11, 2006 00:0159637
Sue [31 words]MichaelOct 11, 2006 09:1259637
Liberal Claptrap [122 words]MikeOct 11, 2006 09:2459637
Rules of the game [162 words]RitaOct 11, 2006 13:3059637
Stupid cabbies [95 words]raheelOct 11, 2006 15:5559637
Airport commissions deal in airport operations, not counter-jihad [256 words]Joshua TruaxOct 11, 2006 19:1559637
Deffnitely [39 words]R VOct 12, 2006 09:1959637
But how? [73 words]R VOct 12, 2006 09:2859637
Wouldn't I be arrested? [47 words]R VOct 12, 2006 09:3259637
Happy to see a rational mind [17 words]R VOct 12, 2006 09:3459637
tell it like it is [34 words]raheelOct 12, 2006 17:0259637
RV-My point exactly [82 words]RitaOct 12, 2006 17:4459637
to Raheel: a question [101 words]ASOct 13, 2006 03:1859637
dirty sex [108 words]raheelOct 13, 2006 17:1959637
Rita - So what can we do? [75 words]R VOct 13, 2006 17:2659637
Iran [25 words]Jon PurizhanskySep 20, 2007 19:3159637

Comment on this item

Mark my comment as a response to My letter to the Minneapolis Airport Commission by Melisa

Email me if someone replies to my comment

Note: Opinions expressed in comments are those of the authors alone and not necessarily those of Daniel Pipes. Original writing only, please. Comments are screened and in some cases edited before posting. Reasoned disagreement is welcome but not comments that are scurrilous, off-topic, commercial, disparaging religions, or otherwise inappropriate. For complete regulations, see the "Guidelines for Reader Comments".

See recent outstanding comments.

Follow Daniel Pipes

Facebook   Twitter   RSS   Join Mailing List


eXTReMe Tracker

All materials by Daniel Pipes on this site: © 1968-2020 Daniel Pipes. daniel.pipes@gmail.com and @DanielPipes

Support Daniel Pipes' work with a tax-deductible donation to the Middle East Forum.Daniel J. Pipes

(The MEF is a publicly supported, nonprofit organization under section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code.

Contributions are tax deductible to the full extent allowed by law. Tax-ID 23-774-9796, approved Apr. 27, 1998.

For more information, view our IRS letter of determination.)