Bill Kirby began his career with The Augusta Chronicle 40 years ago and has held just about every job in the newsroom. He and his wife Carla spend their spare time doting on their West Highland terriers, Lil' Bow Wow ("Buddy") and Snoop Dog. He writes several local columns each week, as well as YouTube videos on local history called "Kirby's Augusta." From 1998 until 2001 he was editor and publisher of The Columbia County News-Times. Over a 40-year newspaper career he has won more than 100 state, regional and national awards for reporting, editing, column writing, editorial writing, sports writing, business writing, investigative reporting, layout and design.
Posted January 11, 2007 09:43 am - Updated January 11, 2007 11:39 am

What do we do about downtown graffiti?

Somebody said it was gangs, but the cops think it's only skateboarders. Well, I count three options. A. We can ignore it. Only often when you ignore a problem like graffit, it proliferates. B. We can criminalize it, which we quickly did this week. Merchants are now offering a $1,000 reward to finger the downtown DaVincis. C. Or we could offer a big blank wall space where graffiti tagging is allowed and encouraged. Think of it as a big urban art contest. The mayor could award monthly blue ribbons to the winners. Maybe they could even perform their art during First Fridays. Got a better idea?