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Your Views: Renewing driver’s license shouldn’t be such an ordeal

POSTED: April 18, 2014 1:00 a.m.

Where did that five years go? Time to renew my driver’s license. At least I did remember this time.

I decided I would go on a Thursday afternoon. It seemed like a good part of the week and the right time of the day. Surprise, surprise. When I drove up, I could see people, lots of people, standing outside. When I went inside, there were no seats. I did see that there were 11 windows. I’m guessing they can move folks through quickly.

I then came to the realization that there were only three of these windows in operation. There was an elderly couple at one of these that were there the 30 minutes I stayed.

I left my wife in the car. I told her to take a nap. I should be out in around an hour — big joke. As I left, I asked the young man at the desk, when was the best time to come? His reply: “There is none.”

I have a problem. I cannot leave my wife by herself. At the present time, I’m driving my car with an invalid driver’s license. I could have one of my sons take off from work, but that would be costly.

I also have a question: We can, as taxpayers, supplement a billionaire by $33-plus million for his football stadium, but we can’t afford to open eight windows for the general public to get their driver’s license?

When I first entered the building, I noticed a picture of the smiling faces of our leaders. If they had to renew their licenses as the rest of us must, they might not be smiling!

Jim Lofton
Gainesville


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