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In recent years, Mayor Anthony A. Williams and local business interests have attempted to force installation of meters in D.C. taxis, a move bitterly protested by Nathan Price, chair of the D.C. Professional Taxicab Drivers’ Association. At a March 12 D.C. Council hearing, Price turned to the pages of L. Frank Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz to characterize his nemeses. He cast Williams as the Wicked Witch of the East and the hotel and restaurant lobbies as the Wicked Witch of the West. And in Price’s Oz, meter proponent and Taxicab Commission Chair Lee Williams assumes the roles of both the Scarecrow and the Cowardly Lion. “He may have the right heart in place,” Price testified, “but to me, he doesn’t have the courage to either give up the job or move forward.” Kimberly Lewis, the commission’s attorney adviser, called Price’s remarks “bizarre….[Price] was exercising his right to free speech.” —Joe Dempsey