Letter to the Editor

BY DI READERS | JULY 12, 2012 6:30 AM

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Chicken commentary off base

I was really disgusted in reading Opinions Editor Ben Evans commentary on urban chickens. Evans's blatant racism and lazy stabs at humor are unacceptable. What does Mexico City or cock-fighting have to do with having chickens in our yards?

This was a poorly constructed joke that ended up being a horribly racist disaster. And calling out local business-owner Jarrett Mitchell by name was uncalled for. The Black Plague was caused by fleas on rats, not chickens, pal.

You are more likely to catch a disease from a mosquito, tick, or squirrel than a chicken. How can people that live in an agriculture state not know anything about agriculture?

The editorial staff at the DI needs to grow up.

Brendan Lee Spengler
Iowa City

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