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Wednesday, February 02, 2005

License Plate Mania

A lot of ink has been spilled the past few days over the proposed bill to create specialty license plates promoting traditional marriage. The bill, sponsored by Delegate L. Scott Lingamfelter, passed the House of Delegates by a vote of 62-35 and now makes its way to the Senate. You can read about it here, here, and here.

I think this bill is a bad idea for several reasons. First and foremost is that such a bill opens the floodgates for groups of people to call on the legislature to approve specialty plates heralding all manner of political causes and opinions. Obviously, the first response would be a pro-gay marriage plate. From there we would descend into a endless morass of politically tinged license plates.

In my opinion, Virginia already has way too many specialty license plates anyway. While it is cool to support your alma mater or be able to choose between Virginia themed designs to liven up a usually dull license plate, when we need a plate to announce that we are bowling enthusiaists, i think we've gone too far. In addition, Virginia has the most personalized license plate messages of any state in the nation. Seriously, how many options do we need to express our individuality via our automobiles?

My solution is to invent some kind of sticker that people can put on their car so that they can express their views without requiring legislative approval. These "bumper stickers" could have all sorts of messages on them and could be more easily replaced than license plates. A variety of shapes, colors, and fonts could be utilized to offer far greater options than a simple license plate. Gosh, if only I knew where to find such a thing.

1 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

My solution is to invent some kind of sticker that people can put on their car so that they can express their views without requiring legislative approval. These "bumper stickers" could have all sorts of messages on them and could be more easily replaced than license plates.This may be the funniest thing I've read on this blog.

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