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Make graffiti ordinance better

The time and study that the city of Wichita invested in its tough new anti-graffiti ordinance should not deter it from trying to improve the broad measure, which criminalizes the possession of spray paint or broad-tipped markers on or near public property and bans the sales of such items to anyone under 18. Even if the city can't go along with the wording proposed by Wichita State University student Ram Hull, which calls for police to show the person had "intent" to leave graffiti on property without the owner's consent, the current language does seem "vague and arbitrary," as City Council member Jim Skelton noted. Graffiti is a public menace, but the fight against it must be fair.

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