Wed
Jun 28 2006
11:58 am

The "Choose Life" license plate will soon be rolling off the stamping line at Brushy Mountain...

The plates will now be designed before they are made available to the public, and that could happen in the early fall of this year.

Fifty-five percent of all proceeds from plates sold will go to "crisis pregnancy centers" across the state. Tennessee will join about a dozen other states that allow drivers to pay extra for the "Choose Life" specialty tags.

Ironic that this news comes right on the heels of this tidbit of news: Tennessee ranks at the bottom of states for several indices of child health.

Children in Tennessee are more likely to die, drop out of school and live in poverty than kids living almost anywhere else in the country, according to an annual report released today on the health of the nation's youth.

Tennessee was ranked 46th for the overall well-being of its children by the nonprofit Kids Count project. The findings are based on how each state performs in 10 categories that reflect health, social, education and economic welfare.

"We have to try harder," said Pam Brown, the state director of the Kids Count project. "A ranking of 46 tells me that children here probably don't have as good of a chance at lifelong success, or just life."

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I guess that TENNESSEE CHILDREN - POOR, SICK DROPOUTS doesn't look so good on the butt end of your car, though. Make sure you choose life so that you can bring your kids up in an environment of lower life expectancy and limited horizons. That's a real point of pride, there.

If your plate comes up for renewal, might I recommend one of the following causes which could actually put your money to better use?

Or, if you really, really care about the choice of life, slap this on your bumper:

Vanderbilt Children's Hospital, East Tennessee Children's Hospital, or LeBonheur Children's Medical Center.

Or if you don't, that "Choose Life" plate will look really good next to your "Support Our Troops" magnets.

27-Jun-2006: Three more U-S troops have died in Iraq. The military says a U-S Marine and a soldier were killed in separate attacks today west and south of Baghdad. Another soldier was killed in fighting the day before in Anbar province, an insurgent hotbed that stretches from near Baghdad to the Iraqi border with Syria and Jordan.

Cpl. Jason W. Morrow, 27, of Riverside, Calif., died June 27 from wounds received while conducting combat operations in Al Anbar province, Iraq, on June 26. He was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif.

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