Courtney T. Ball

Archive - December 2014

Let’s Not Be the Next Ferguson

Cedar Rapids faces a well-documented crisis of racial disparity. Like other sectors of society, our criminal justice system is proven to be disproportionately harsh toward African Americans. This reality prompts me to ask the question, how do we keep ourselves from becoming the next Ferguson? How do we right our ship before disaster...

Throwing Rocks at Ralph

I walked out the back door of my friend David’s house the other day—we always go in and out the back door; I don’t know why—and his big dog Ralph started barking at me like he always does. I think David says he’s a German Shepper or something like that. All I know is he has a lot of teeth and a scary bark, and if he ever got off his...