It looks like the big shots want it both ways. They want the world, (well, little ol' Connecticut anyway) to know they're Very Important People. Yet they don't want the world to know who they are and where they live.

I've never understood this "thing" about low-digit license plate numbers. Let's say your license plate number is 75. That's all you've got? That's the extent of your imagination? I much prefer vanity plates like the one I have. Mine is a cryptic word that only I know the meaning. A vanity plate gives the car owner a chance to send a message, or show a sense of humor. If a person truly wants privacy, he or she'll do the same thing.

There's a website called Searchquarry.com that can trace just about anything. For $29.95 for 1 year, or $39.95 for two, you can find out who belongs to the license plate on that car that just cut you off, or is in the massage parlor parking lot across the street. You can also use the site to find judgments against people, sex offenders, deaths and bankruptcies just to name a few.

I can see why former government big shots would want to keep their license plate numbers private. In some cases, they've made a lot of enemies. But if that's truly a consideration, they'd be better off with a vanity plate. With society becoming more and more unstable as the income gap widens between the haves and have nots, I'd advise the big shots (government and private) to be discrete.

Stop by the Mark Twain House and Museum to see my exhibit of original editorial cartoon art. "Drawing Fire: Bob Englehart's 30 years at The Courant." It's free and will be up through May. For more information, call the Mark Twain House and Museum at 860-247-0998. As long as you're there, take a tour!

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