It can be argued that Jim Norman, chairman of the Hillsborough County Commission, has been on the wrong side of some issues. A senseless sports complex, the too-long deferred hike in impact fees, uncommunicated plans for hotel room-tax revenues and deference to the wit and wisdom of Ronda Storms come readily to mind.

But it’s only fair to parcel out well-earned plaudits as well. His response during the recent discussion of changes in the county’s public art program was a classic and spot on. The sheriff’s office wanted to waive the public art requirement on the Falkenburg Road Jail expansion.

Norman suggested “razor wire” would be appropriate public art for jails.

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