Baltimore to sell ads on fire engines to raise funds

Should this city’s red fire trucks be transformed into rolling billboards? Should we have fire truck ads?

But some people are a little put off by the idea that we’re getting sponsorship for what used to be a government duty.
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/25/us/cities-consider-selling-ads-as-economic-lifelines.html?pagewanted=all
 

 
Ads on fire trucks?
 

 
The Young Turks host Cenk Uygur explains:
In a desperate attempt to save three firehouses that are on the verge of closing, Baltimore has approved a plan to allow ads on the side of fire trucks. How are Mitt Romney and tax cuts for the rich on the federal level connected?
 

 
“We’re doing everything we can to save these three companies,” said Councilman William “Pete” Welch, adding that a firm that runs two local hospitals has expressed interest in running ads.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/06/04/baltimore-fire-department-ads_n_1569583.html
 
Questions:

What would you say to people who think it is tacky?
Would the fire truck ads raise enough money to keep the fire stations open?

Some may believe that having advertisement puts control in the hands of the fire department itself.

Do you agree?

The thing is, we live in a society where we face a constant on slot of advertising … and there should be some spaces preserved to reflect public values.
 
 
 

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