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Northwest Voices

Seattle Times letters to the editor

November 25, 2008 at 4:10 PM

New license plates

Simply a waste

I recently received my new vanity license plates, as required by Washington state law, although my old ones were just like new.

The old plates at least had some “class,” with the embossed lettering. The new ones are printed on the flat surface, but the cost went up. Despite the price hike for new plates, the cheap quality of the new plates is embarrassing.

I used to be proud to have Washington plates on my car, but this is the last time I’ll pay extra for vanity plates.

The law stating that all license plates have to be renewed periodically is a flat-out waste of money for a huge percentage of Washington vehicle owners and creates more clutter on this planet.

I understand this law came about because state troopers wanted it. But they (and the state Legislature) clearly have not considered the consequences, the additional expense and that one of the concepts of the “green movement” is trying to teach people to get over this “throwaway” mentality.

I think a very small percentage of license plates become unreadable in a short period, as claimed by the State Patrol.

Check with any collector of license plates, and they’ll tell you most license plates 50 years old are still readable.

— Hannah Murphy, Toledo

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