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State’s specialty license plates under public scrutiny

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    Go online now to share your opinion about new designs proposed for official Texas license plates.

    The Texas Department of Motor Vehicles and MyPlates.com opened the door for public comments on proposed designs of the specialty license plates that go on sale if, that is, they pass muster.

    It’s all in the same bag as the auction for plates such as “COWBOYS,” “RANGERS” — which I’m guessing will fetch much more than the “COWBOYS” plates at this point — and such, only they’ve added some periphery design or theme options to the personalized message group.

    Anyway, let the makers know what you think of the themes touting the Kilgore Rangerettes, Jesuit Prep School, Dale Earnhardt Jr., and Sigma Gamma Rho.

    Be careful, though, not to refer to the plates as “vanity.” According to the news release, the DMV and Myplates.com don’t much appreciate that as in, “TxDMV and My Plates use only ‘specialty’ and ‘personalized’ to refer to these plates, not ‘vanity,’ which is slang that rarely fits the diverse stories behind the plates thousands of quite humble Texans have a lot of not-at-all-vain fun displaying.”

    The comment period for the vanity plates closes Oct. 30 so don’t dawdle.

    More: Texas Department of Motor Vehicles

    Bruce Felps owns and operates East Dallas Times, an online community news outlet serving the White Rock Lake area. He’s never had vanity plates because he’s not clever enough to slip the profanity or obscenity past the censors.