Pittsburgh Plans To Get Tough on Graffiti Vandals - Pittsburgh News Story - WTAE Pittsburgh 'I want to see the complete eradication of graffiti, every piece of graffiti in this city,' said Pittsburgh Councilman Bruce Kraus.One's "wants" and "needs" are not the same, Bruce. What you "want" is up for review.
I don't want my kid, nor his peers, to have his driver's license taken from him for years because he has a magic marker in his pocket.
I don't want the Pittsburgh Police running sting operations against local merchants. Merchants are not guilty of making the graffiti.
Over-reaching sucks. There are problems that are sure to unfold.
A 'conspiracy' has often become a 'code word' for lynching innocent people by those who are badge empowered.
I do not favor the taking of property by the police for their own use. Asset forfeiture stinks. Ever hear of the successes of the 'war on drugs?'
"I'm absolutely convinced that abatement is the answer," said Kraus.
Well then, why the talk about punishments? If abatement is the answer, do abatement in spades.
I agree. Abatement empowerment is a worthy direction. Go there. Going elsewhere is sure to be counter-productive on many fronts.