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BY DI READERS | JUNE 23, 2014 5:00 AM

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Armored vehicle a white elephant?

The county may be getting the armored vehicle for very little up-front, but how much does it cost to maintain, operate, and train to use? It could be like getting a white elephant, leading to overuse to justify the expense. Furthermore, I’ve read that vehicles have stability problems. One description was “a Suzuki Sidekick on steroids.” That would hamper any effort to use it as a rescue vehicle.

Michael Gilson

Re: Armored vehicle a good idea

Hypothetical scenarios are not a way to show need. Need suggests you have a need and you are answering that need. Chances are the first time it is rolled out, it will be to stop something a lot less lethal than someone threating to kill someone. Public “disturbance” would be more likely. Call it a protest, a union strike, or whatever, this thing is going to be used against the public because there is no need for an armored vehicle to stop criminals.

Steve Hanken

Free? We the taxpayers paid $1 million for it in the first place to help mount a war effort that was based on lies. So now it’s “given” to us locals so the militarization of the domestic scene can advance, with the added benefit that the war contractors can build more, charging us even more.

Ed Flaherty, Iowa City Veterans for Peace

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