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Updated: April 22, 2013 9:58AM



BMV keeps finding ways to charge us for things we need

Well, it’s that time of year again for some of us. A while back I wrote a letter about the BMV charging $10 extra without telling you to renew your plates at the Emissions Testing Facility. Well, they tell you now about the charge. But here is the latest BMV ripoff. If you need a new license plate, an actual metal plate, because yours got smashed or lost, now you have to fill out a special form at the BMV office, and pay an additional $10 for the metal plate.

You might be thinking, “That doesn’t matter” but in fact, to some Hoosiers, it does matter. Many of us have to pull a trailer or haul equipment for work, and while on the site, or while unloading the machinery to simply cut your own grass, the plate can get bent or mutilated. Or perhaps you have a boat, or some other type of doo-dad you pull on a trailer. I am sure that most of you reading this article have smashed your plate at on time or another while loading or unloading your boat.

Actual plates used to be issued to everyone, every time you renewed them. Now we get cheaper stickers instead, yet the price we pay for those stickers is a lot more than we used to pay for an actual plate. As an organization that works with our government and for “the people,” should the BMV require us to pay more money for an actual license plate?

Darren Clauss

Valparaiso

Anti-gun lobby was waiting for a Newtown to happen

Like many of you, I have watched with concern the antics in Washington during the last two months since the Newtown, Conn., tragedy. Like a wound-up spring, the anti-gun lobby has been waiting for an event like this to jump into action and enact ill-fitting legislation that will start America on the road to gun confiscation.

It is a total embarrassment to this nation that the anti-gun lobby had to begin its agenda the very day of the Newtown tragedy! I feel deep sorrow for the victims and their families, and had existing gun laws been enforced, this tragedy may never have happened. Instead, the call for more restrictive gun laws is being shouted from sea to shining sea. Since November, New York jumped on the anti-gun bandwagon and passed legislation that will make almost every gun owner a criminal within a year. Part of this new law states that ownership of a magazine with more than 10 rounds capacity will be illegal to own within one year. New York citizens must sell these magazines out-of-state, or become criminals themselves. Colorado just enacted a law that limits magazine capacity and makes gun ownership more restrictive. Now, Sen. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., has put the icing on the cake. She has introduced a bill asking for the complete ban of more than 200 guns.

When does the insanity end? This bill will make no difference on crime, but it will make criminals of honest American citizens. The solution is not to enact more restrictive laws, but to fully enforce existing laws, and make sure people are held accountable for their actions.

Mark Dvorscak

Hebron



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