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Give priority seat to mom holding baby on bus

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Updated: November 15, 2012 6:28AM

The CTA’s new policy that strollers should be folded up on crowded buses is misguided. Anyone who has ever taken a stroller on the bus knows that with the stroller in one arm and the baby in the other, it is nearly impossible to hold the rail as the bus bucks and lurches. This endangers everyone, primarily the baby.

Where is the stroller supposed to go? Who is supposed to hold it while the parent holds the baby?

The real problem, and the real safety issue, is that people do not give up their seats for women with babies. CTA should be asking that priority seats be offered to anyone holding a baby. We accommodate wheelchairs, and we don’t suggest that wheelchair riders are “inconsiderate” or “in everyone’s way.”

We shouldn’t treat mothers and babies this way, either.

Heather Haskins, Logan Square

Emanuel’s mistake: Hiring Brizard

Rahm Emanuel hired Jean-Claude Brizard despite the fact that the teachers of Chicago had warned him about his shortcomings.

Brizard had no experience with a large school system; awful relations with the teachers of Rochester, N.Y., in his previous job; no clear vision for how to work with the parents or teachers in Chicago; no knowledge of the problems in the Chicago schools, and a lack of ability to hire competent people at the Board of Education. It has cost us 18 months when we could have had a competent CEO. It has led to the first strike in 25 years, and the people of Chicago still must pay the incompetent Mr. Brizard another year’s salary. Shameful.

Edward Dziedzic, Rogers Park

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