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Cincinnati billboards hit with anti-war messages

Eight billboards along Interstate 75 carried additional messages for commuters Thursday - spray-painted graffiti opposing a U.S. war with Iraq.
Billboards bear vandals' message

Antiwar slogans will cause thousands of dollars in repairs

By Dan Klepal, The Cincinnati Enquirer

Eight billboards along Interstate 75 carried additional messages for commuters Thursday - spray-painted graffiti opposing a U.S. war with Iraq.

Vandals painted billboards facing northbound and southbound traffic. Under a billboard for Rolex watches was the line: "No time for war, no time for hate." Under a "Vote No To Pot ... Roast" billboard was the message "Impeach Bush. Stop the oil war."

Cincinnati Police spokesman Lt. Kurt Byrd said the vandalism must have taken place late Wednesday or early Thursday.

"We've got no witnesses and no suspects," he said.

Norton Outdoor Advertising of Cincinnati owned four of the billboards. Owner Tom Norton referred to the incidents as "commercial terrorism." Dan Norton, vice president of operations, said the company was able to paint over some of the graffiti, but that some of the billboards would have to be re-papered at a cost of thousands of dollars.

"There's quite a bit of damage back there," Dan Norton said.

"In one case they shut off the electric so the lights were off (while they painted the graffiti). In another case they needed a 32-foot ladder to get up there. They just did what they needed to do."

Alice Gerdeman, executive director of the Intercommunity Justice and Peace Center, said she agrees with the messages, not the methods.

"Our organization has a nonviolent philosophy, which would include any action hurtful to person or property," Gerdeman said. "But the words need to be said. When people feel very passionately about something, and people feel very, very strongly that we should not go to war, they need to express that. Because it is so serious in people's minds, these issues strike at the heart, so people will take actions they deem appropriate to get the message heard."

Radio station Q-102 had a billboard vandalized. "No war" was scrawled around the station's call letters.

"I think obviously people think it's vandalism, and it's not the message of the radio station," General Manager Mike Fredrick said.

E-mail dklepal@enquirer.com




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Write On ! 31.Jan.2003 10:30

anonymous or made up

Lets get some of that action going in PDX town

No to Vandalism 31.Jan.2003 11:01

Someone who doesn't want war either

1/31/03 vandals strike billboards on i-75 this is the sort of stunt pulled by government informants to make the peace movement look bad. any time you see someone trying to talk others into any destructive behavior, you are probably looking at an fbi mole sent in to embarrass your group. hopefully they will regain consciousness with "i am an fbi informant" written on their forehead in something that takes a while to come out.

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that's just stupid... 31.Jan.2003 11:39


look, you may believe that touching up these precious billboards is likely to offend the white-bread shitheads whom you'd like to have on your side for this one single issue, but to call those of us who disagree cops is just stupid.

when they say "another world is possible" i envision a world where people at the very least don't give a damn about commercial billboards. don't you?

Commercial Terrorism 31.Jan.2003 12:33


"Commercial terrorism" is one of the stupidest phrases I've heard lately. Gimme a break. Painting an anti-war message on a billboard may be an act of conscience or it may be vandalism, depending on your perspective. The current tendency label everything one doesn't agree with as "terrorism" is absurd.

Media terrorists 31.Jan.2003 12:55


How ironic that the very people who have done so much to destroy the environment and clutter up our view with billboards (which, by the way, become "weapons of mass destruction" during a tornado or any severe wind storm) would call people who add a message, other than some blatant commercial message, to their hideous eyesores "commercial terrorists"! The upside is that the more people use "terrorist" to describe someone with whom they disagree with, the less effective the name calling becomes. It eventually will have about the same sense of urgency as referring to a hangnail as a "major medical emergency" would.

a nice hack 31.Jan.2003 17:47


B-boards, what fun. the funny thing is, people seem to read them just like they watch TV, so..make the message "digestible" and not too cryptic.

maybe they need to have security guards placed under all B-boards. yeah right.

fvck commercialism, and advertising/marketing.

Silly teenagers 31.Jan.2003 21:55

Bush Admirer

Teenagers have been pulling off pranks like this for as long as I can remember. They're high school kids, not social commentators.