Chicago Sun-Times

Mitchell and Trump are right about Chicago vi­o­lence

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The usu­ally saga­cious yet can­did Mary Mitchell again hits the bull’s- eye in her Jan. 26 Sun- Times col­umn.

She re­sponds to po­lit­i­cal and re­li­gious lead­ers’ re­fusal to even study Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s re­sponse to Chicago’s shoot­ing car­nage vi­o­lence by “send[ ing] in the Feds.”

Mitchell strongly hints that if Trump means fed­er­al­iz­ing the Illi­nois Na­tional Guard to as­sist po­lice in pro­tect­ing cit­i­zens in cer­tain shoot­ing vi­o­lence plagued Chicago neigh­bor­hoods, then so be it — un­less a bet­ter short- term an­swer is soon found.

Al­low­ing Chicago’s long- stand­ing shoot­ing vi­o­lence on the West and South sides to con­tinue is a crime. The good cit­i­zens there can‘ t re­gain con­trol of their com­mu­ni­ties un­less they are promptly made safe.

In short, as Mitchell im­plies, dra­mat­i­cally and quickly re­duce the shoot­ing vi­o­lence in these neigh­bor­hoods so that long- term solutions can be de­vel­oped and im­ple­mented.

Chicago’s so- called po­lit­i­cal and re­li­gious “lead­ers” have failed for many years to mean­ing­fully ad­dress the shoot­ing vi­o­lence. Trump, Mary Mitchell, and a few oth­ers are coura­geous in sup­port­ing a short- term an­swer to mak­ing the af­fected neigh­bor­hoods safe.

Den­nis M. Dohm, Oak Lawn

Reap­ing what they sowed

Amer­i­can me­dia are re­spon­si­ble for Don­ald Trump’s vic­tory in the re­cent elec­tion. They gave him bil­lions of dol­lars in free pub­lic­ity for no other rea­son than the rat­ings and ad­ver­tis­ing rev­enue this cov­er­age cre­ated.

Now those same me­dia out­lets are reap­ing what they have sown. Pres­i­dent Trump has put gag or­ders on fed­eral agen­cies, going so far as pro­hibit­ing fed­eral work­ers from com­mu­ni­cat­ing with Congress. The En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Agency, Depart­ment of Agri­cul­ture, Health and Hu­man Ser­vices, and Depart­ment of Trans­porta­tion were a few of the agen­cies to be for­bid­den from com­mu­ni­ca­tion with­out prior au­tho­riza­tion, even on so­cial me­dia. This de­nies news chan­nels needed ma­te­rial.

Jour­nal­ists who ask hard ques­tions of Trump are be­ing threat­ened with a loss of ac­cess. Trump strate­gist Steve Ban­non has said the me­dia should “Keep its mouth shut!”

The me­dia cre­ated Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump. Now the me­dia is be­ing de­stroyed by Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump. The First Amend­ment to the Con­sti­tu­tion of the United States of Amer­ica pro­tects the press from gov­ern­ment in­ter­fer­ence. The ques­tion now is whether Amer­i­cans will stand by and watch our con­sti­tu­tion­ally guar­an­teed right to know “what is going on” shred­ded by the very fig­ure it put into the pres­i­dency.

Karen Wag­ner, Rolling Mead­ows

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