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BY DI READERS | JUNE 13, 2013 5:00 AM

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Re: End the disparity

Johnson County would fight legalization based on the fact that it would lose revenue from fines for possession, and MECCA would lose its sweetheart deal for the county from people needing to go through expensive substance-abuse counseling to avoid jail time and drug charges on their record.

Plus, the county would have to admit to not being as progressive toward racial-disparity issues as it claimed during the new jail campaign. I’d say the report is glaring evidence that “no” voters [on the Johnson County justice center] have been vindicated when they claimed the county has an issue with racial profiling and marijuana arrests.

Sean Elliot

And note, within that study, that Johnson County is the third-worst county in Iowa (worst state in the nation) in that disparity.

John Zimmerman

So it appears Iowa is living up to it name. When I moved here in ’92, black folks back home told me, “Be careful; Iowa stands for ‘Institution of White America.’ ”

Nate Mims
Iowa City resident

Re: Cedar Rapids still on the mend

It has been really a bad time, and some still are suffering.

Judith Barvinek

Re: ArtsFest bomb scare

The actions of the festival security and local law enforcement were unwarranted and over-zealous but understandable and forgivable. What happens next is the insane part. What happens next is the officials and the press deciding that writing a word is not only not art but also a crime. They are seizing the narrative to turn it to their own purposes. They will bend it and twist it to get what they want. They’ll dress it up in a cheap plastic children’s Halloween costume of protecting us, of security and the looming threat of terrorism, but what they want boils down to control over our lives. I’m not conspiracy-minded, I don’t think anyone is pulling the strings, these strings pull themselves, a twisted version of Pinocchio.

Luther Moss
Iowa City resident

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