Lost in this discussion/debate is the fact that the feds frequently round up large numbers of white suspects charged with manufacturing methamphetamine or trafficking illegal prescription narcotics. Those men and women come to federal court in large groups and face mandatory minimum sentences of 10 years, 20 years, or life imprisonment, just like the recent group of 32 African American suspects whose faces were splashed across the front page of the newspaper. The common denominator in these "round-ups" is not race; it is poverty. The reason the recent "round-up" garnered so much attention is that Mayor Berke chose to hold a press conference to take credit for it (even though it resulted from a years-long federal investigation that nobody in his administration had anything to do with).
Mr. Cook, this is an excellent column. Timbo, referring to the mass-slaughtering of 20 first-graders as "statistically insignificant" is perhaps the most dark-hearted, inhuman, and offensive thing I've ever seen. The murder of an innocent child is significantly horrible whether it happens once a day or once in a million years.
Tractor-trailers turning onto Woodland from Frazier, and vice versa, would be a huge problem. That is a very tight and pedestrian-heavy intersection. Why would the trucks not use Cherokee and North Market? (presuming most of them will be using Hwy. 27)