Sunday, April 28, 2013 | 2:02 a.m.
J. Patrick Coolican is exactly right in his column about the lack of controls regarding long-hauling by taxicabs and the inability of anyone, including our Legislature, to put an end to this practice. The problem is well-documented, as are the solutions. There is no will by anyone in authority to take this to a logical resolution.
Unfortunately, many forms of “long hauling” take place in the Legislature day in and day out. The absurdity of some legislative proposals far exceeds a fiction writer’s imagination. Until the state comes to grips with having legislators meet every year and paying salaries that will actually attract many more highly qualified and well-educated people, we are stuck with too many extremists and those too easily influenced by lobbyists.
It is time to tell the Band-Aid brigade in Carson City to get their act together and make some visionary changes, not more of the same. We are not the wild, wild West anymore.
However, we are now well on our way toward challenging Mississippi as the premier state bottom-feeding champion. Is that change in the air I smell or is it just another lobbyist with deep pockets?