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‘Boston Strong’ license plate: How should money be spent?

Five months after the Boston Marathon bombings, it still feels churlish to argue against anything labeled “Boston Strong.” That’s surely one reason more than 60 lawmakers have signed onto a bill to create a “Boston Strong” license plate, decorated with a ribbon in the Boston Marathon colors.

The plate would cost motorists $50 more than the standard plate, with proceeds going to the One Fund. Hearteningly, it would link the “Boston Strong” phrase directly to the bombings, rather than using it as a generic expression of civic pride — or a rallying cry for Boston’s sports teams. As bombing victims continue to rebuild their lives, there is value in expressions of community support, and to tapping into Boston’s continued generosity.

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