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GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Despite federal court rulings ordering The Rapid – the public transit system in Grand Rapids, MI – not to prohibit or interfere with the free speech rights of ATU Local 836 members working for the agency, Grand Rapids police are threatening to detain Grand Valley State students and workers for a peaceful sit-in at a January Rapid board meeting.

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These threats led the union to file a second motion for another preliminary injunction in October, which they also won.

Late in January, Grand Valley State USAS Local 77 staged a fare strike, encouraging riders to refuse to pay their fares to protest threats against transit worker pensions, violations of the workers’ First Amendment rights, a recent 16% fare hike, and a generous raise for the agency’s CEO.

Tweets are typically innocuous, ephemeral, and (dare I say it?

) trivial messages, and then there’s that cute little birdie forming the Twitter logo – how could anyone feel menaced by that?

Although I want to focus on verbs, as a fan of the British comic , I can’t resist a quick diversion into ‘menace’ as a noun.

I can claim some linguistic justification for this, given that the statistical evidence on Oxford’s two-billion-word database of contemporary English, the Oxford English Corpus (OEC), shows that the noun is actually more common, with 9,632 instances, compared with 7,531 for the verb.

Related: Watch Trump explain why he sent Comey tapes tweet and see if you understand.

(We don’t) Trump’s latest comments came Friday when attempting to explain why he sent a tweet threatening that he had tapes of his conversations with fired FBI Director James Comey.

Whatever the rights and wrongs of the legal case, ‘menace’ tends to evoke images of very large men of grim appearance, wielding serious weaponry so as to coerce someone into doing something.

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