Today's Letters: Graffiti feeds off publicity

Published April 8, 2007

Re: Taggers' 'art' has museum director climbing the wall April 5 story

Having spent most of the 1980s directing successful efforts to rid the New York City transit system's subway cars of graffiti, I can report that one of the effective strategies employed was to enlist the aid of local media to not publish views of the vandal's work. Nothing makes those silly little minds happier than to see their "tags" widely displayed.

Unless checked early on, the vandalism can only get worse. The perpetrators do not respect private or public property.

There are a number of approaches that are effective in reducing the damages from this type of vandalism. I will be available to discuss my experience with any authorities charged with addressing this problem.

James B. Sullivan, Spring Hill


Rally peaceful until incident 

Some protesters out of hand April 4 letter to the editor

This letter is meant to clarify the difference between The Nature Coast Coalition for Peace and Justice and the extremist anti-war groups mentioned in the letter from Peter Stathis.

Members of the Coalition were exercising their constitutional right to peaceably protest the Iraq War by standing on the side of the road and holding up our signs. The incident that occurred on March 17 was potentially very dangerous; a young man claiming to be a veteran began kicking down our signs and verbally abusing us.

Our purpose is to raise the public's awareness that the ill-conceived war in Iraq (the greatest story ever sold) must end; 3,200-plus deaths, more than 22,000 injured, and an unknown number of emotionally damaged young men and women is enough. It is not worth one more death or injury.

Dan Riley, Spring Hill


Hickory Hill deserves support

My name is Brenda Shawver-Mason and I would like to express my strong support for the Hickory Hill housing project that has been proposed by Sierra Properties.

I live at 3139 Spring Lake Highway with my husband Bill and daughter Presley. I have been a resident and registered voter of Hernando County since 1999. I feel that the project has been carefully researched and planned. The development team has provided comprehensive information regarding environmental impacts and proposed community improvements. I am very impressed with the team's attention to community concerns and the willingness to entertain informed debates on the matter of Hernando County growth.

The fact is, as you know, growth is inevitable. It is our responsibility as residents and public servants to do what we can to manage that growth with the greater community in mind. A golf course development with beautiful homes is compatible with the surrounding small ranches and homes.

I urge the commission to approve Hickory Hill for all the positive benefits to the county that the development will bring. The improvements to our roads and schools are particularly attractive. Furthermore, not only will the development attract residents who will contribute a great deal of revenue to the county and local businesses, but likely will attract additional businesses that will create jobs and other opportunities for Hernando County residents.

Brenda Shawver-Mason, Brooksville