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Why do you think blacks so often receive unequal treatment from law enforcement?

Because that’s the way police are trained. They see black communities as their target. — Warren G. Walford, Machinist, Roxbury

How does the cost of housing in Boston affect you?

I am a single woman who works for the city, so I have to live here. It’s hard for me to find housing. I don’t qualify for subsidies. — Shakera Laguerre, Library Assistant, Roxbury

What do you think the government should do to help working people?

They can create policies that protect people against wage theft and make sure people get living wages and benefits. — Marvin Martin, Executive Director, Dorchester

How are the snow storms affecting you?

Very badly. It’s very cold. The MBTA is not working. Everything is tough. — Gershon Atiawu, Nursing Assistant, Roxbury

What do you think the opening of the Bruce C. Bolling Municipal Building will mean for Dudley Square?

It depends on what’s actually going to go in there — what businesses are going in. We still have to leave the area to do a lot of our shopping. — Terry, Retired, Roxbury

What do you think the city could do better manage its response to snow storms?

It’s a tough one. If they purchase more equipment, next year it won’t snow. — William Cann, Retired, Roxbury

How are you surviving the snow?

A lot of shoveling and a lot of hot chocolate. — Chris Conroy, Consultant, Roxbury

What do you think police can do to foster better community relations?

It would be nice if they could hire people from this community. People don’t have a lot of trust for the police. — Bob Marshall, Community Activist, Roxbury

What do you think is the importance of demonstrations?

I think they keep the public visibility on the issue. They offer an easy entry point for people who aren’t involved to get involved. — Chris Williams, Lawyer, Roxbury

What do you think of Boston hosting the 2024 Olympics?

Probably not. Looking at what happened with the Marathon bombing, we would have to have more police and more security. It would be chaos. — Shaleia, Retail Associate, Roxbury

What do you think is Deval Patrick’s legacy as governor?

He is someone any child in America could look up to. He carried himself with class and dignity. — Jesus Rosa, Executive Director, Weymouth

Are you planning on voting in next week’s election?

Yes. I think it’s important for our voices to be heard. We can make a difference. We need a lot of positive changes in this community. — Shea Briscoe, Claims Analyst, Dorchester

What do you think should be the top priority of the next governor of Massachusetts?

Health care and education. I think it’s very important for people to have health care and to be able to have an education the enables people to be the best they can be. — Lascene Nappier, Teacher, Roxbury

What do you think should be done to improve police relations with the community?

Everybody should be more responsible for their actions — police and community residents need to be more respectful and more responsible. — Yusuf Ali, Counselor, Dorchester

To what extent do you think racial profiling is an issue in Boston?

On a scale of one to ten, I’d say about a six. Students talk to me all the time about getting stopped and searched. — Nate Smith, Teacher, Roslindale