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Up to you to monitor expiration date? Welcome to small government

IN HIS Jan. 29 op-ed column “Eliminate the Registry,’’ Jeff Jacoby wrote, “The Registry no longer sends renewal notices; and woe betide the motorist who gets pulled over with an expired license, an infraction that can trigger a fine of up to $1,000, not to mention a potential arrest.’’

I say: Welcome to the world you’ve tried for years to create. Jacoby frequently calls for decreased taxes and smaller government. Now he sees the reality of these requests, and he has the temerity to complain about it.

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If you want services, you must pay for them. If you demand cuts and preach the rights of the individual, then, at the very least, we should expect that you can check the expiration date on your own license and pay the penalty when you do not.

As to why vehicle operators need a license while joggers, cyclists, and skateboarders do not, I can only request that Jacoby research and report the number of fatalities caused by the latter three as compared to vehicle operators.

Andrew Gallagher

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