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POV | Graffiti Vandals Need Harsher Punishment

Let's be clear:

Graffiti spray-painted on public or private property without the permission of the owner is not "art." It's vandalism. And it's against the law.

It's also not "just kids acting out." It's very often adults who perpetrate these pathetic cries for attention.

A perfect case is a local guy with the initials J.B. I'd give you his full name and show his picture, but that'd give him way too much of the publicity he apparently craves.

J.B. was charged with causing about $3,000 worth of damage to a downtown building he recently "tagged." But that wasn't his first offense of this type. He was charged last year with spray-painting his trademark on a van in the Highlands, and -- get this -- had to be rescued from a second-story ledge by the Louisville Fire Department in 2010 when he got stuck while committing more mischief.

Personally, I'd have left him there.

J.B. isn't 16. He's 26. Must be nice to have so much time on your hands while everyone else your age is trying to make a living.

I know our jails are much too crowded to make it a priority to keep people like J.B. behind bars. But I'd have no problem with jerks like him kept on home incarceration with work release until they pay back the full cost of the damage they've caused.

I'm Bill Lamb and that's my Point of View.
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