Art or not, graffiti unwanted on Victoria surfaces

Graffiti doesn't belong

William Perry questions the use of the word ‘graffiti’ to describe tagging, amongst other defacements (Graffiti artists need area for self-expression, Letters, Sept. 21)

Contrary to his assumption, graffiti includes tagging. It is Mr. Perry who appears to be redefining the word from its common and established usage.

Merriam-Webster defines graffiti as “unauthorized writing or drawing on a public surface.” Dictionary.reference.com says it is “markings, as initials, slogans or drawings, written, spray-painted or sketched on a sidewalk, wall of a building or public restroom, or the like.”

I am opposed to the scrawls of social misfits which show up on public surfaces. Catch those responsible, give them a rag and some cleaner, and put them to work removing this garbage.

Roel Hurkens

Victoria