I can't begin to count how long it has been since Hub and I stayed up until midnight to welcome a new year. This year was no exception though the neighbor's fireworks did cause me to stir and pat the pup.
For those younger than Methuselah, however, I'm sure there was ample revelry. I will be interested to see how many drunk driving, or worse, arrests occurred. You see, a vital program for merrymakers was not available this year. In past years the downtown bars and taxi companies joined together to provide transportation for those who over imbibed. Both liked the program, and with over 1000 rides provided, deemed it a success.
So what happened? According to a representative from the Licensed Beverage Association, as reported on KREM 2, they couldn't get "cooperation" soon enough to apply for grants from the beer distributors to make the program a go for 2007. I assume the grants provide funding for the expenses incurred by the taxi companies.
Here's a question. If the bar owners like the program and the taxi companies like the program, who did they not get cooperation from and why?
In the "spirit" of civic responsibility, I'd really like to know. I will give kudos to the one cab company, Sunset, who said they would do what they could anyway. Now that's civic responsibility. Thanks.