License Plate Change Offered By Kootenai County
by Don Bradway
On March 22, the Kootenai County Republican Central Committee (KCRCC) passed a resolution seeking to change the motto printed on the lower portion of most Idaho vehicle license plates. This reporter, a precinct committeeman (PC), submitted the resolution after discussions with some of his constituents.
Resolution to change the motto of the Idaho vehicle license plate:
Whereas, The state of Idaho is famous for potatoes
Whereas, Agriculture has been a mainstay of the Idaho economy.
Whereas, Idaho has matured beyond an agricultural economy and has developed an even stronger economy based on mining, technology, logging, manufacturing and additional resources
Whereas, Idaho’s vehicle license plates continue to tout the legendary potato industry
Whereas, It is time to recognize the fact that Idaho is known as a state that values religious faith, family and freedom as much, if not more, than its potatoes; therefore
Resolved, That the KCRCC requests the State of Idaho to change the motto on our vehicle license plates from “Famous Potatoes” to “Faith, Family and Freedom.”
There was a minimum of discussion prior to the vote. Gary Ingrahm, a former legislator and currently a PC, related how he had attempted to change the motto a number of years ago. Seeking to include the timber industry with the potato farmers, he suggested the motto be changed to “Spuds and Studs”. He had some difficulty getting his comments made due to his tongue being firmly planted in his cheek. Another PC commented that it would be difficult to vote against the resolution as that would be akin to voting against “Mom and apple pie.”
This will now be sent to all nine of the county’s legislative members with the request that it be forwarded to the appropriate agency, with the recommendation for the motto change.