Richard Irving

Richard Irving is a taxi driver and freelance writer in New York City. 

Latest by Richard Irving in Chronicles

  • November 1994

    Mixed Signals

    Rudolph Giuliani in one of his first actions as mayor of New York City, eliminated a controversial set-aside program that had been instituted in 1991 by the Dinkins administration.

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  • October 1993

    Bias Crimes

    Bias crimes will no longer be tolerated in New York City, say the proponents of the city's new "bias crimes" statute. Its sponsors call it one of the toughest such laws in the nation, and it will for the first time allow judges to award unlimited punitive damages to victims of bias attacks, as well as increase substantially the fines that the Human Rights Commission is permitted to assess.

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  • August 1993

    Cultural Double Standard

    Howard Stern, New York City's outrageous "shock jock" of station WXRK, was fined last year by the Federal Communications Commission. It was another example of the cultural double standard that is now so pervasive it would seem to have been written into law. Stern ran afoul of the FCC's ban on "indecency."

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  • May 1992

    Taxi Drivers and Minority Crime

    Driving a taxi in New York City is inextricably linked with the subject of race. While it is true that no subject is more vexatious for society as a whole, the taxi driver is forced to confront the issue in a way few others are.

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