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Graffiti Around the Southland: Youthful Art or Vandalism?

May 07, 1988

It takes a lot to get me upset but graffiti really sets me off!

Sometime back, I recall a feature in an issue of your Sunday L.A. Times magazine (with cover yet) by some politicians in praise of graffiti. It made me sick. And now this front-page article is enough to make me write off some steam!

I'm an artist too and believe in self-expression but not when it costs us taxpayers $400,000 a month to clean up! Maybe the RTD should take that $6 million a year and hire armed guards to "ride shotgun" and protect every bus. They could arrest the vandals on the spot, have them identified in a Times "shame column," and punish them by making them work a day cleaning up graffiti around town.

Having seen the beautiful subways in Moscow and the disgusting desecrated ones in New York City makes me think we can learn something from the Commies.

I compare these graffiti "artists" to dogs urinating on trees . . . and anyone who thinks it's so great should try cleaning it off my walls.

RON ANDEREGG

Hollywood

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