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Group Seeking Support for ‘Pollinator’ Plates

by ARLnow.com February 16, 2012 at 12:35 pm 2,553 30 Comments

A group of local nature lovers is hoping to attract support for a new Virginia license plate with the inscription “Protect Polinators.” The plate is meant to bring attention to the role pollinators — bees, hummingbirds, butterflies, etc. — play in supporting the vitality of the earth’s ecosystem and food supply.

“So far we’ve had quite a lot of interest from Beekeepers, Master Gardeners, Naturalists (including native plant and pollinator enthusiasts), and the Audubon Society,” said pollinator plate organizer Samantha Gallagher. “Like all of the proposed new Virginia plates, we need 450 applicants, the General Assembly’s vote, and the DMV’s approval.”

According to the Virginia Pollinator Plate web site, supporters have signed up 44 people so far. They need another 406 commitments by November 2012 to move on to getting legislative and DMV support. An electronic application can be found here.

Gallagher says the purpose of the plate is not to raise money, but to raise awareness.

“Our plate costs $10 annually and isn’t a shared revenue plate, but our hope is that it provokes interest and conversation in pollinator conservation,” she said.

  • Richard Cranium

    If this doesn’t define a “slow news day”, I don’t know what does.

  • yequalsy

    Well…I guess they have a plate for just about everything else. Why not?

  • Quoth the Raven

    We’ve got plates for everything else, so why not this? I like it.

  • G Clifford Prout

    If one gets pollinated in the heat of passion and chooses not to flower, will the Commonwealth make it get some sort of invasive test?

    • Tabs

      Heh.

      Get Cuccinelli outta my cooch!

      • Tabs

        Wait, Cucc outta my Cooch, that’s a great idea for a plate! What should the design look like?

        • Quoth the Raven

          Stay classy, Arlington!

  • esmith69

    I’d take this plate over the ridiculous “Friends of Coal” plate any day…

  • Swag

    Remember back when license plates weren’t ads for interest groups?

    • Bluemontsince1961

      Yep, I sure do.

  • JamesE

    I would like a license plate showing Zimmerman spending my car tax.

    • Bluemontsince1961

      LOL, good one James!

    • You want a trolley on your license plate?

    • Wayne Kubicki

      How about a plate honoring the Arlington County Board?

      “The Taxinators!”

      • drax

        Taxes rates are still the lowest in NoVa.

        • John Fontain

          But actual taxes paid per person aren’t.

          • CW

            Sign John up for the “Americans for Regressive Tax Structures” license plate.

          • drax

            Because we’re richer, per person.

        • Wayne Kubicki

          Check out the details on pdf page 42 of this doc:

          http://www.arlingtonva.us/departments/ManagementAndFinance/budget/file84937.pdf

          This analysis shows the Arlington tax burden as higher than all of our neighbors, except the City of Falls Church.

          • drax

            No it doesn’t.

            You’re just doing what everyone does – confusing rates with numbers. Our effective tax rate, even including all the fees and taxes, are still low as compared to our income and/or wealth.

            You’re like Romney complaining that he pays too much in taxes because his 15% effective rate adds up to more because it’s 15% of his 100 kajillion or whatever in income.

      • Dan

        “The Taxinators!”

        Careful Antonelli may have branded “taxasourous”…….
        remember the CB meeting where he dressed as that critter ??

        You maybe infringing upon the brand !!

  • John Fontain

    What steps can I take right now to help protect pollinators?

  • Tre

    Let’s go back to one plate per state.

    • ArlingtonCountyTaxpayer

      it is HUGE money maker for the state.

    • JamesE

      and get rid of front plates

      • CW

        Yes please.

  • charlie

    remember the Sperminator from Fairfax?

  • OldTimer

    The name of this plate conjours up thoughts of a male gigolo inseminating all of the virgins in this state. Too sexual for us true values folks in the commonwealth. “Birds and Bees” is more appropriate for the kiddies to see and learn.

    • drax

      No, it fits right in with forcing sonogram instruments up vaginas.

      • OldTimer

        Vagina is for Lovers

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