I was happy to see a television station highlight the graffiti problem along the TRAX line. Graffiti creates a hostile atmosphere of crime and neglect and is evidence of gang activity. The cost to businesses and residences is high.

The solution is simple. We need law enforcement to patrol the areas, make well-publicized arrests and have the courts sentence the perpetrators to fines and cleanup. That's what they do in Phoenix, where graffiti hardly exists.

Art J. VanTielen