I would like to address the following letter to all Maine combat veterans.
When the Maine Legislature convenes in January, there will be two bills that will eventually be voted on that will affect you and Public Law 600, An Act to Create Special Veteran Plates and Emblems.
One of them is LR 3066, “An act making revisions to the laws concerning special veterans’ registration palts and emblems.” This bill is sponsored by Rep. Andrew Ketterer, and cosponsored by Sen. Raynold Theriault, Sen. Jeffery N. Mills, Sen. Linda C. Brawn, Sen. Stephen M. Bost, Rep. Sharon Anglin Treat, Rep. Rosalie H. Aikman, Rep. Dorothy A. Rotondi, Rep. Charles H. Heino, Rep. Marge L. Kilkelly, and Rep. Carol A. Kontos.
The special license plates will cost each veteran $10. The honor of displaying these plates will not be free. But it will not cost Maine taxpayers much, if anything at all, to give Maine’s combat vetrerans a special token of appreciation. To say, “Yes, we do appreciate your service to our great country, not just those who fough in some wars, but all of you who fought in all of this country’s wars.”
To some of us, it will be the first personal thank you ever received. LR 3066 will not be the last “act making revisions.” I am not so naive as to believe that Desert Storm was our last war, nor that we have had the knowledge to include all deserving combat veterans in the current revision. There will be other revisions. But at least we are trying.
The alternative to making the necessary revisions to Public Law 600 is the second bill, LR 3139, “An act to repeal the law authorizing special veterans license plates.” This bill is being sponsored by Rep. Harold M. Macomber and co-sponsored by Rep. Donald A. Strout. Why these two gentlemen feel the combat veterans of Maine are not worth the extra effort in correcting the original law escapes me. Especially since they tehmselves, as members of the Transportation Committee, had a direct hand in creating the problems and confusion of the current law.
Public Law 600 is a long-deserved welcome home to many. It cannot be just swept under the rug as too much trouble. If the Transportation Committee will not hold a public hearing on LR 3066, then we will need to organize our own public heairng, on the State House doorsteps. Terry D. Lanyi USMC, Vietnam Norridegwock