Earlier this year, Ohio state officials spent millions developing a new license plate. Then, for some reason, they abandoned the effort after printing thousands of them. Now, they’re only available for an extra fee, like vanity plates.
It’s too bad. The new design sure beats the old one. It’s warm and welcoming, and it does a much better job of representing Ohio’s heritage, with a farm setting and a representation of the Wright brothers’ plane. Better than the flashy, boring patriotism of the old one, which we’ve been using since Ohio’s bicentennial in 2003:
I’m glad my car has the classic Ohio plate. It may be even more boring than the current one, but there’s some warmth in its modesty.