CINCINNATI (TDB) -- Some of the Ohioans who need to renew their state automobile license tags this month are receiving offical letters from BMV Registrar Franklin R. Caltrider that urges them to: "EXPRESS YOURSELF! Choose one of Ohio's many specialty plates."
The BMV's letter with registration renewal instructions cited six tags that Ohioans might be interested in, including one that displays the National Rifle Association's logo, "NRA" on a crest next to the numbers that are standard features on automobile license plates. Under the numbers there is a line that says, "The NRA Foundation,'' which is the spot where non-specialty tags display the slogan ''Birthplace of Aviation" as an official nod to Orville and Wilbur Wright, the brothers from Dayton who built the world's first airplane.
''Support youth shooting programs in Ohio by choosing this NRA Foundation commemorative license plate,'' Caltrider's missive says. ''The NRA Foundation is the country's leading charitable organization in support of shooting sports, awarding more than $80 million since its inception in 1990."
Other plates that are singled out for Ohioans are for state parks, which display a cardinal, the state bird; Perry's Monument, the peace memorial tower on a Lake Erie island; the Cincinnati Reds; the Ohio Cattlemen's Foundation, and Choose Life. ''The Choose Life plate will extend financial help to pregnancy care centers, maternity homes and adoption centers that assist women during an unplanned pregnancy and offer adoption as a healthy alternative for her and her baby. Visit www.choose-life.org," Caltrider said about that particular plate.
Inquiring minds might want to know: Does Ohio sell a license tag for the Brady Center, which is opposed to handguns; PETA,which worries about meat-eating and animal abuses; or the ACLU, which supports the 1973 Roe V. Wade ruling that made abortion legal in the United States? Visit www.oplates.com and you can learn what is being sold.