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Silver Pen letter: Save the sesquicentennial license plate

4:19 PM, Oct. 18, 2013  |  Comments

Wisconsin sesquicentennial license plate holders, arise! Join the fight to keep your license plates! I've contacted my representatives in Madison with the following letter. If you want to keep your plates, please join me by doing the same. My letter:

Does the state of Wisconsin keep its word? If an agency of the state government issues a policy, can we expect that agency to follow its own policy? I hope you would answer, "Yes; of course."

Recently the Wisconsin Division of Motor Vehicles issued a statement that all existing sesquicentennial license plates will be replaced in the next year. This directly contradicts the promise made when the plates were sold some 15 years ago. The original DMV application stated twice that the plates could be "renewed indefinitely" although they would be issued only during 1997 and 1998. I and many other Wisconsin citizens bought the plates relying on that promise.

Now, the DMV wants to renege on that promise. None of the reasons listed in its statement justifies breaking it. In particular, my plates on my two vehicles aren't faded and are otherwise in good, legible shape.

Please take whatever action is necessary to correct this proposal and restore my faith that, in fact, the state of Wisconsin does keep its word.

Readers: Please take action soon! Time is short to save our plates.

Gary Cox,

Appleton

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