Monday, April 27, 2009

April 27: The Monster On the Back Of Your Car

By Sylvia Gurinsky

Now, the issue of the number of Florida license plates really has reached the breaking point:

What started innocently as a tribute to the astronauts who died on the Space Shuttle Challenger in 1986 and as a way to raise money for scholarships has turned, quite simply, into a monster.

Florida has more than 100 types of license plates so far, with no end in sight. Fundraising for worthy groups - the original intent of the plates - has been superseded by vanity and politics.

St. Sen. Victor Crist, R-Tampa (no relation to Gov. Charlie) has suggested ending the specialty license plates and using stickers instead.

Here's another suggestion: Just end them. Period. Especially with this economy.

Florida should have one license plate, and that's it. Find another way to raise money for worthy public schools and organizations - like the Florida Legislature and Gov. Crist funding them properly.

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