Editorial: Inequality in Johnson County

While Johnson County may rightly boast of being a vibrant community that offers a high quality of life, there are still significant and troubling racial disparities that exist in our community in education, juvenile justice, adult criminal justice, economic well-being, housing and representation in community leadership. The report reveals that children and adults in the greater Iowa City area experience different opportunities and quality of life depending on the color of their skin or ethnic background.

Tilly: In defense of food on a stick

There is an undue nastiness among many who discuss the food at the Iowa State Fair, as though fair food is singularly responsible for the rapid plumpening of the country's population. Perish the thought! You don't get fat by eating a foot-long chocolate dipped pulled-pork-corn-dog sandwich once every August. You get fat when you start jonesing for Chicken McNuggets at nine-thirty in the morning like me.

Beall: Prejudice in the library

Robert Galbraith wrote the well received The Cuckoo's Calling earlier this year.  Robert Galbraith didn't sell all too well, but his was nevertheless the great literary debut. Robert Galbraith doesn't exist. In recent weeks it has been revealed that this was a pseudonym for JK Rowling, the author of the Harry Potter franchise.

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