Vote: ID is required for almost everything. How is forcing someone to vote discriminatory? | Letters

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There has been an outcry over the requirement for ID to vote, particularly from the left. They claim it discriminates against people of color, as well as the poor and disabled.

However, it is not discriminatory to require an ID to receive government social benefits, to buy alcohol or cigarettes, to get married, to drive a car, to fly, to check in. in a hotel, buy a gun, go to a doctor, apply for a credit card or open a bank account. You also need ID to find a job, go to school, or buy a car.

You see what I mean ?

Mike Rice, Jefferson Park

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Strengthen the police to fight violence

When speaking to the Biden administration about the insane level of gun violence plaguing Chicago, there are several things to consider.

1. Add 250 to 300 police officers permanently in the hardest hit areas, including Englewood, Lawndale, Austin, Back of the Yards, Humboldt Park and Auburn Gresham.

2. Creation of a combined task force with 250 new officers from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms to monitor and investigate illegal sales of firearms.

3. Increase CCTV in the worst affected areas to match the surveillance offered in downtown and the Gold Coast.

4. Longer sentences for armed offenders, in particular convicted felons, repeat offenders and criminal offenses for which a weapon has been used and discharged.

5. Enforce the RICO statutes against gang members who commit firearms offenses. Under these anti-racketeering laws, the offender, associates and gang leaders can be prosecuted, including criminal penalties as well as the seizure of assets. A gang leader may think twice about ordering a retaliatory murder if it costs him his house, his car and all of his possessions. The city may also consider suing the gangs for civil penalties.

6. Consider labeling large street gangs not only as criminal organizations, but also as national terrorists. When innocent people are intentionally targeted, isn’t that the very definition of terrorism? This would allow for additional federal resources and longer sentences.

The prevention of gang violence cannot be done by law enforcement alone. It will require additional funds for communities, housing and education. But continued silence means continued violence. It’s time to come together to fund gangs and support the police.

George M. Bridgeforth MD, Bartlett

Treat CTA employees with respect and dignity

As we all return to activities that we sorely missed during the pandemic, let us not forget the people who carried us through these trying times: the essential workers of our city. Among these dedicated public servants are CTA’s frontline workers – thousands of men and women who oversee our stations and roam the streets of our city so that we can see our loved ones, earn a living and enjoy our life. big city.

Just as CTA employees made our city work during the pandemic, they are there for us now as we re-enter our lives in new ways. As transit workers, these people are trained and ready to face the myriad of circumstances that await them every day as they deal with everything from inclement weather to crowds to rush hour while working to meet the demands of the city. schedule and provide top notch customer service.

But the sad reality is that CTA operators too often face verbal and physical attacks from the public. My stance on this issue has never wavered: an assault on a CTA employee is absolutely unacceptable, and we, as an agency, have zero tolerance for anyone seeking to harm our employees.

That’s why CTA has many systems and protocols in place to keep our employees safe, including our close coordination with city and suburban police departments, and prosecuting the toughest possible charges against those. that harm our workers.

But we all play a role in ensuring that these brave workers – who have come to help us all in our most difficult times – are safe and protected on the job. Whether you’ve straddled us throughout the pandemic or just got back on board, do your part by treating our employees with the respect and dignity they have deserved and so deeply deserve.

Dorval R. Carter, Jr., Chairman of the Chicago Transit Authority

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