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Do police target young black males?

My 15-year-old son attends an all-young-men charter school within the city. He was approached downtown last month (around the same area that the Edison students were detained) and was asked if he wanted to purchase weed. Here is the thing: My son was approached by a person who later was identified to be an undercover police informant.

Is this the new tactic the RPD has put into place to justify their racial profiling of young black males? Seriously? I can think of so many reasons why I would consider this yet another tactic of setting our youths up to fail. Can someone say "entrapment"?

And FYI: I am in no way justifying smoking Kush, but let's be realistic. Consider the culture and the concentration of the normal young naïve youth that saturate the downtown area. Some smoke (a lot don't, but some do), and for this to become a major issue right after the RPD's negative headlines just seems to be a justification tactic instead of a real concern.

This is my opinion, mixed with disappointment once again at the lack of understanding, tolerance, and overall dismissiveness associated with and shown towards our YBM's.

KAREN SCOTT

New Jersey envy

Your commentary was almost perfect ("Upstate, Cuomo, and the State of Our State," Urban Journal). However, the last sentence was the killer. It should have read:

"Unfortunately our governor is NOT Chris Christie."

BOB TACITO

The Costco deal

As the way seems to be clearing for the "coming of Costco," area motorists approaching the intersection of East Henrietta Road and Westfall, heading south across the Erie Canal, suddenly are afforded a striking view to the distant Bristol Hills to the south and as far as the hills near Woodcliff to the east.

But not for long. The Costco behemoth and other planned buildings will soon obscure the view once again.

Because we apparently harbor visions of all sorts of employment and shopping opportunities promised by this huge project, we may be forgetting the enormous – and absolutely guaranteed increase in traffic in an already nightmarishly congested area. Catch the wonderful, unexpected view of wide-open space at that corner while you still can; as you head to work, it will make your day.

DAVID H. DAY

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