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Mon., Aug. 6, 2007, 10:21 a.m.

Pia: Spray-Paint Ban Won’t Solve Graffiti Problem

Let's see: we have a graffiti problem – what should we do? How about we ban spray paint in the hands of teenagers, that should make it go away. Come to think of it we also have an obesity problem, so let's ban bacon and throw in butter for good measure. That should take care of those extra pounds and heart disease, too. And there's that meth problem that refuses to go away, so let's make meth illegal now that we're at it. You say what? Meth is already illegal? But then the meth problem should be gone – or I don't understand the reasoning behind a ban at all. Spokane City Councilwoman Mary Verner is proposing an ordinance that would ban the selling to, or possession of, spray paint aerosol containers by anyone under 18. It's going to curb our graffiti problem, says Verner, a candidate for mayor. I have a hard time believing it's that simple -- Pia Hansen/Spokesman-Review.

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