The Massachusetts driver’s license must use polycarbonate; Toy gun crackdown op-ed hits the wrong target – Lowell Sun

Massachusetts driver’s license should use polycarbonate

I have been a resident of two US states, Massachusetts and Virginia. I moved to Virginia in 2018 and when I got my new driver’s license from the Virginia DMV I noticed the card material was less plastic and more durable than what Massachusetts used. Turns out, in my research on this, I found that Virginia was the first to change the card material to polycarbonate back in 2009. She did this to improve security as well as increase durability cards themselves.

This also makes room for features such as laser engraving of certain information. Myself and others I’ve spoken to would like to see Massachusetts follow Virginia’s lead with this idea of ​​better and more secure hardware for driver’s licenses and ID cards. Since 2009, many other states have also followed Virginia in moving to polycarbonate for state-issued licenses and identification cards.

—James Mylett


Toy gun crackdown editorial hits the wrong target

A recent Lowell Sun op-ed, “Another Reason for Realistic Gun Crackdowns,” made me wonder if maybe we’re not all cracking up a little ourselves. Aside from the basic problem noted in the title: these are toys, not guns. The article focuses on a 14-year-old criminal who used a BB gun to rob a store.

News flash: BB guns are not toys. They’re not guns, that’s true. And they might not be lethal to a person, but when I was a kid I hunted with one and killed a lot of rabbits with it. They are not toys. The Sun goes on to talk about 245 people killed by police while in possession of a toy gun. It does not mention whether or not they were committing a crime, or their age. By way of comparison, 300 people under the age of 15 die by drowning. Why aren’t we talking about universal swimming lessons in public schools?

Which brings us back to the real point, missed by anyone who thinks it’s a good idea to “suppress” toys. Why was a 14-year-old from Tyngsboro willing to break the law and risk his life to rob a convenience store? When we as a society stop projecting human motivation onto inanimate objects, perhaps we can begin to pursue criminals, regardless of age, race, creed, or color.

—Al Prescott


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