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Red Line station revamp not an issue of CTA fairness

Rep. Darrell Iss(R-Calif.)  |  Susan Walsh~AP

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) | Susan Walsh~AP

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Updated: July 27, 2012 6:13AM



The 95th Street station — like so many others on the Red Line — is in desperate need of a revamp.

But please don’t make this an issue of “fairness” between north and south or say that “the south leg of the Red Line has long been the stepchild of CTA’s vast rail network.”

The north end has just as many slow zones, and just as many stations that might collapse any time now.

Matt Suppelsa, Evanston

A nonexistent conspiracy

Now let me get this straight. First, Fast and Furious was concocted during the George W. Bush administration. Second, it was terminated during the Obama administration. Yet somehow it’s supposed to be part of a plot by President Barack Obama to curtail Second Amendment rights.

And U.S. Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), who has a record of less-than-honorable conduct himself, wants the documents to prove this nonexistent conspiracy.

Joseph P. Dorchack,

Bolingbrook

An unwelcome verbal assault

My wife and I were both born and raised in the Chicago area. I’m from the western suburbs, and she is from the Southeast Side of the city.

We were back in Chicago last week to visit family and friends, and while waiting to cross the intersection of Michigan and Monroe, we were verbally assaulted by a black man in a van who called my wife a “whore” and accused her of “sleeping with the devil.”

I am white, and my wife is African American.

Is this the image of Chicago the city wants visitors to take home with them?

George McKeown, Laveen, Ariz.

Stop the violence

For the first time since I have lived in the neighborhood of 94th and Michigan, it was necessary Saturday to bring my grandchildren in the house because of gunfire a block west of me.

The gunfire started about 7:45 p.m. and continued on and off until about 9:30 p.m. What is it going to take to stop the violence going on in this city since the warm weather returned?

Edwin Green, Roseland

City plan to quell violence isn’t working

As a veteran retired police officer, I know one of the hardest things to accomplish is to try to explain away human behavior. The mayor of our city almost every Monday after a weekend of unprecedented violence feels the need to do just that.

To his everlasting credit, his visits to the families of the victims are most touching. He really does care. However, to say that the plans to stem the violence are working over and over again is beginning to insult even the most naive listener or viewer.

I know it has to hurt to hear that the city you love and are the mayor of is more dangerous than Afghanistan, but please stop telling us the “plan” is working. It clearly is not working, and all the spin will not stem the violence.

I know credit surely belongs to the people in the arena — the people who are trying to get this thing under control — but those of us on the outside can see very clearly the latest strategy is it is not working. The only plan I can see that is working is to keep saying it’s working until next year, when the statistics will be up against this year’s horrendous statistics, and then let the back pats begin.

Robert Angone,

retired police lieutenant,

South Loop



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