Dear Editor, My question and/or request is this: Why is there not a "Best Cab Driver" category in the Chronicle's “Best of Austin ? Can you create the category? I have a vested interest in the matter. I'm a native Austinite and I've been driving a yellow cab for nearly 16 years here in Austin. All my regulars and every group of tourists I run around compliment me by saying that I'm the best cab driver they've ever had, period, anywhere. They say there should be a category for cab drivers in the Chronicle's “Best of Austin,” but there's not. Good local cab drivers really make people's nights out, weekend getaways, ACLs, SXSWs, etc. I get calls from people in England and Ireland every year asking if I'm going to be available! Shine some light our way! We are the people that make it safe and possible.
Always a reader for life, Nicholas C Fletcher
[Kate X Messer, senior editor, “Best of Austin,” replies: To address such matters, we include a Wild Card category on each ballot. Use it! We read the results of this category to inform many future categories and even a number of Critics Picks winners. Be sure to check the 2012 “Best of Austin” issue when it hits the stands the week of Nov. 9.]