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As someone who has been a peaceful user of Chicago’s public transit system for 30 years, today’s CTA violence is shocking.

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The Sun-Times, like many local media sources, reports that CTA violence has increased dramatically in recent years. In 2017 he stopped riding CTA. Before that, I rode CTA almost every day for almost 30 years.

As a Southsider, I have ridden the Red Line to and from downtown and have never seen any violence on the train or on the platform. Of course, I rode during rush hour, and many of the recent riots may have occurred during the evening or early morning hours of the CTA. Still, he has 1,000 rides in CTA, but he doesn’t have a single attack?

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Why have there been so many CTA victims in recent years? What has made attackers bolder in recent years? Police shortages? perhaps. Pandemic? can be Prosecutor Reform? probably. Will CTA riders suffer less after the implementation of the current draft Safe-T Act? Almost certainly not.

All citizens of Illinois will be well served by reading this law to understand the circumstances under which persons accused of violence may be held in criminal court. Even a cursory read could make CTA users more afraid of commuting.

Terry Takash, Western Springs

Assumptions of former Twitter staff

It seems ironic that the person who recently wrote to The Sun-Times was supporting Jews in her important writing, but at the same time, another writer quit Twitter after being asked to work harder. I felt strongly about the staff.

It is an assumption that they are not trying hard enough. Balance is important and they should be celebrated, not punished, for doing what they think is best for their career. If I had my own business, I would gladly hire these dedicated people.

Stephen Cohn, Buffalo Grove

Musk was wrong to allow Trump to return to Twitter

On January 6, 2021, President Trump instigated a riot in the Capitol, killing people in a failed attempt to reverse his election loss. Two days after that, he was permanently banned from Twitter to prevent a recurrence of the violence that incited his rhetoric on Twitter.

“After a careful review of recent tweets from the @realDonaldTrump account and the circumstances surrounding them, particularly how they are received and interpreted both on and off Twitter, we have permanently suspended the account due to future risks. incitement to violence.”

The ban lasted just 22 months, with new Twitter owner Elon Musk putting Trump’s permanent ban on an instant 24-hour vote. When only 52% of his 14 million voters supported Trump’s return, Musk quickly withdrew the ban, tweeting:

Mr. Musk misunderstands that when people yell “fire” in a crowded theater, the privilege of returning to that theater or theater for a repeat performance should not be a popular vote, God or Godless. That’s it.

Walt Zlotow, Glen Ellyn


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Written by Natalia Chi

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