Dollar coin could save U.S. more than pocket change

March 09, 2011

The Sun's recent article on the dollar coin ("Dollar for dollar, a big savings," March 8), documents a prime example of where our government has taken a wrong turn. As pointed out in the article, the savings accrued from eliminating the paper dollar bill and replacing it with a more durable dollar coin is significant.

Budget-conscious representatives of the people should consider this a "no-brainer." What could be stopping them?

Lobbyists from the paper and ink providers have consistently influenced representatives to drop the subject. "Hundreds" of jobs could be lost, the lobbyists lament. A clear case of the benefits of the few outweighing the greater good. And don't even get me started on the penny…

Mike Johnson, Easton

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