Common courtesy also highly valued
While our right to free speech is a privilege under the law, reasonable and mature people realize there is a time for discretion and certainly, crammed on a bus with no way to escape is a good time to use it. I wonder if the writer realizes his extreme defensive posturing can do a lot of damage to a number of undeserving people.
I would hope Herald readers, having now been exposed to this issue, will recognize that common courtesy is a benefit in social situations, as is sensitivity to how one's provocative speaking in the confined space of a bus may escalate into more difficult and disruptive situations for a driver and his passengers. Bus patrons have the right to a safe environment and as a patron of these services myself, I appreciate that drivers make the effort to maintain reasonable control of the activities of riders.
In my experience, Island Transit drivers have been friendly, courteous and genuinely concerned for the people they transport. I find the accusations against their character, at the very least, questionable.