Following NoGraf's criticism of Long Beach's "top 14 women graffiti contest," the following email was received from Mrs. Teresa Ramos.  NoGraf's response to Mrs. Ramos appears below her email.  She has not responded to this.

From: Teresa Ramos
Sent: Tuesday, January 14, 2003 12:34 AM

Subject: top 14 women graffiti artists (Long Beach)

Mr. Randy Campbell,

I am disgusted by your response to the Dept. of Parks sponsored event this past weekend. 

These are our future artists. Your behavior is irrational and stupid. Go jump in the lake...any one will do!

Most sincerely,
Mrs. Teresa Ramos
Long Beach, California


----- Original Message -----

From: Jim Powers
Sent: Tuesday, January 14, 2003 8:52 AM
Subject: Re: top 14 women graffiti artists (Long Beach)

Hello Mrs. Ramos,

I enjoyed the advisory note at the end of your email ("SEEK THE TRUTH OF YOUR CONVICTIONS").  In keeping with that, could we learn how the "top 14 women graffiti artists" achieved that status?  Did they do it without "racking" paint?  Did they do it without vandalism on somebody else's property?  Since my experience with these matters is largely with graffiti victims, I am hesitant to celebrate achievement without examining the journey to that achievement.
BTW, I have nothing against art.  My middle son is a talented artist, who recently returned from an exhibit of his work in Brazil.
Looking forward to hear from you!
Jim Powers
NoGraf Network