You might have been reading the news how Portland city council begrudgingly gave in and allow Uber and Lyift to operate. I have often dealt with poor service and here are a examples: some time ago at 6th and Salmon on Sunday morning two months ago . The cabs in the queue ignored me for 15 minutes while I made it known I need a cab next in the queue. The smoke and joke break was more important. Three weeks ago I need to go on the east side, I told him he could take the Hawthorne bridge, instead he went the long way on the 405, I5. Then he got lost on the east side. He had no clue where to go. Luckily there was a Trimet bus that got me where I need to go.
Today I missed connection the 15 bus , so this I decided to take Uber from downtown to get to church at a reasonable time instead of going to the taxi queue on Salmon. I had to use a workaround for not having the Uber app, using the mobile webpage because I prefer to use my Windows table with a 4G internet than a smart phone. It took me eight minutes to call a car. The only glitch was the driver accidently put in SW then SE 60th. The car was clean, the driver was knowledgeable of the streets and it only cost me $13.00 compared to $16.50 by taxi (if the taxi driver drove honestly , most of the time they did not and I ended up paying more).
After years of having to dealing with poor service by cab companies Uber has won me over.
Update one of my Uber drivers was a former taxi driver. He just wanted to work for himself than a taxi company.
1 Corinthians 15 New King James Version (NKJV)
The Risen Christ, Faith’s Reality
15 Moreover, brethren, I declare to you the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received and in which you stand, 2 by which also you are saved, if you hold fast that word which I preached to you—unless you believed in vain.
3 For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4 and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures, 5 and that He was seen by Cephas, then by the twelve. 6 After that He was seen by over five hundred brethren at once, of whom the greater part remain to the present, but some have fallen asleep. 7 After that He was seen by James, then by all the apostles. 8 Then last of all He was seen by me also, as by one born out of due time.
They are more than a few problem with Obama speech. First I am tired of politician raising taxes on the rich under the guise of making them pay their fair share. The democrats are moving the goal post in defining what is a fair share. I thought the rational for raising taxes in the past was making the rich pay “fair share”. Logic says one a tax Increase enacted the rich should be paying their fair share. Yet every year the Libra want to increases taxes higher because the rich according to their view are not paying a fair share even after already passing a tax increase on the rich. Second and more grievous is the money is supposed to (I don’t believe it) to help working families. like paying for child care. Wait just a minute, there are millions middleclass workers like me who are single, or married with no children, or empty nester that will see all the pain of increasing taxes but little benefit. So what Obama disingenuously claims to help the middleclass by assistance to only a small group of middleclass . Finally as a Christian I find the pitting of middle class against the rich a sin:
Exodus 20:17English Standard Version (ESV)
17 “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his male servant, or his female servant, or his ox, or his donkey, or anything that is your neighbor’s.”
How should we act
Leviticus 19:15English Standard Version (ESV)
15 “You shall do no injustice in court. You shall not be partial to the poor or defer to the great, but in righteousness shall you judge your neighbor.
John 1 English Standard Version (ESV)
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through him, and without him was not anything made that was made. 4 In him was life, and the life was the light of men. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
9 The true light, which gives light to everyone, was coming into the world. 10 He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him. 11 He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. 12 But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, 13 who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.
14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.
Merry Christmas to all