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Telegraph Herald: Our Opinion: Next Ferguson? Dubuque Taking Preventative Steps

BY THE TH MEDIA EDITORIAL BOARD

Whether or not they have said it aloud, many Dubuque-area residents probably have thought the same thing in the wake of events in Ferguson, Mo., and New York City: “That could happen in Dubuque.”

The assessment isn’t wrong. Ferguson and New York don’t particularly have much in common.

Citizens and civic leaders could sit back and worry and fret about what could happen. Or, they could be proactive. They could face racial concerns head-on and start the dialogue now — before there are ugly incidents, severed relationships or, worst of all, lives lost.

That’s exactly what Dubuque leaders are trying to do, and there is a role for everyone in this movement.