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Published March 10 2013

Forum editorial: Spurge for license plate talk

Leafy spurge: To the folks who generate a debate every few years over the design of vehicle license plates. It’s going on now in North Dakota, and it’s a waste of effort and, eventually, a waste of money. A license plate has become a colorful billboard for states, when its purpose is to identify a vehicle as having been properly registered and appropriate fees have been paid. A license plate is useful in accident investigations and for solving auto thefts. In that regard, plates should be clear and easy to read – such as black letters and numbers on a white background. Instead, most states use their plates as moving advertising and promotional tools. An argument can be made that colorful, often unreadable theme plates are a driving distraction.

Prairie roses: To officials at Minnesota State University Moorhead who reversed a decision to deny admission to apparently unqualified students after having granted them admission to the school. It was a mistake, an MSUM spokesman said, and it was corrected quickly. Of course, the underlying issue has not been fully resolved – and that is the tendency to admit students who are woefully unprepared for college-level work. That’s a matter the school still needs to resolve. After all, it’s a university, not a remedial education institution. Nonetheless, the admissions snafu was handled as well as it could have been.


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