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senate Bill S. 2189

Should Coins Be Minted to Commemorate the Plymouth Colony's 400th Anniversary & Fund Historic Preservation?

Argument in favor

Minting coins is a great way to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the Plymouth Colony and raise funds for related historic preservation at the same time.

11/22/2018
The Pilgrims arrived on these shores in 1620 in hopes of making a better life for themselves and their children while being able to worship freely and in peace. Undoubtedly the most famous colonists in world history, their faith and fortitude are legendary. Their perseverance laid the cornerstone of a new Nation. The Pilgrims' courage, gratitude to God, and love for one another still inspire people today. The story of Mayflower and her tumultuous trans-Atlantic crossing, Plymouth Colony with its tragic first winter, treaty with the Wampanoag People and celebrated First Thanksgiving echoes down the ages and around the world. Regardless of anything that came before or after, Plymouth is the 'once upon a time' to the story of the United States. The symbolic, if not literal, birthplace of our nation.
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David 's Opinion
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11/22/2018
Please read carefully. This initiative pays for itself. No funds will be diverted from other initiatives.
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Herbert 's Opinion
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11/22/2018
Yes. This would be a great way to commemorate an historic occasion in our nation’s history.
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Argument opposed

The U.S. should find ways other than minting coins to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the Plymouth Colony.

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11/22/2018
Maybe we should mint commemorative coins for all the First Peoples tribes we massacred diseased and displaced. We could ask the tribes to design them based on their original tribal lands, images and traditions.
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Donna's Opinion
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11/22/2018
The money that it would cost for this could be put into health care, roads or anything else.
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Shannon's Opinion
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11/22/2018
Minting coins isn’t a substitution for whitewashing history in the United States. How about we allocate that expenditure towards new history books in schools that are more accurate.
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      senate Committees
      Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
    IntroducedDecember 4th, 2017

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Plymouth 400th Anniversary Commemorative Coin Act of 2017

Official Title

A bill to require the Secretary of the Treasury to mint coins in commemoration of the 400th anniversary of the landing of the Mayflower and settlement of Plymouth Colony, the signing of the Mayflower Compact near Provincetown, and the role of the indigenous Wampanoag Tribes in the realization of the settlement.

Summary

Plymouth 400th Anniversary Commemorative Coin Act of 2017 This bill directs the Department of the Treasury to issue up to 100,000 $5 gold coins, 500,000 $1 silver coins, and 750,000 half-dollar clad coins emblematic of the landing and settlement of Plymouth Colony, the signing of the Mayflower Compact, and the role of the indigenous Wampanoag tribes in the realization of the settlement. These coins may be issued only during a one-year period beginning January 1, 2020. Sales of such coins shall include specified surcharges, which shall be paid by Treasury as follows: 30% to Plymouth 400, Inc.; 5% to Plimoth Plantation, Inc.; 20% to the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe; 5% to the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah); 30% to the General Society of Mayflower Descendants; 5% to the Pilgrim Society; and 5% to Provincetown 400.
    The Pilgrims arrived on these shores in 1620 in hopes of making a better life for themselves and their children while being able to worship freely and in peace. Undoubtedly the most famous colonists in world history, their faith and fortitude are legendary. Their perseverance laid the cornerstone of a new Nation. The Pilgrims' courage, gratitude to God, and love for one another still inspire people today. The story of Mayflower and her tumultuous trans-Atlantic crossing, Plymouth Colony with its tragic first winter, treaty with the Wampanoag People and celebrated First Thanksgiving echoes down the ages and around the world. Regardless of anything that came before or after, Plymouth is the 'once upon a time' to the story of the United States. The symbolic, if not literal, birthplace of our nation.
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    Maybe we should mint commemorative coins for all the First Peoples tribes we massacred diseased and displaced. We could ask the tribes to design them based on their original tribal lands, images and traditions.
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    The money that it would cost for this could be put into health care, roads or anything else.
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    Should it have an image of the small pox virus on one of the sides?
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    Minting coins isn’t a substitution for whitewashing history in the United States. How about we allocate that expenditure towards new history books in schools that are more accurate.
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    It was an awful thing done to the Native Americans and I don't think we should celebrate it anymore than we already do. Put that money towards more useful things.
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    Perhaps we should commentate this 400th Anniversary by teaching the truth about our history instead of propagating the Plymouth Rock romanticization. This, our history, was the beginning of Euro-American genocidal atrocities upon Native Americans, Enslaved Africans, who all suffered at the hands of the encroaching Europeans. Mint a tell the truth coin. #TellTheTruth
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    While I love the rich history of our country and the freedoms we enjoy, putting things like this on currency seems to cheapen it for some reason. We would be better served if we used our taxpayer dollars more wisely.
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    Please read carefully. This initiative pays for itself. No funds will be diverted from other initiatives.
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    I’ve had enough of the grand standing, pointless “hey lets look busy” legislation. Dammit Congress, get some things done. Cut the crap already.
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    If we are going to do this then all the proceeds should go to the Native American tribes who were slaughtered and forced out west onto reservations. Far too much of the actual history of European settlement in America has been whitewashed.
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    Why would we glorify genocide??? Maybe use the money to help indigenous people in some way instead.
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    Waste of money and not an event worth celebrating, to put it simply
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    How about we commemorate the entire race of people nearly wiped out and forced to change their ways of life, cheated and murdered in the name of Arian progress and expansion!!! Correct the history books to tell the truth about what WE did to these people!!!
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    Plymouth is already overemphasized in people’s popular ideas about early American history at the expense of pre-Colombian indigenous, early Spanish, and earlier British colonial history.
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    There must be a better way to commemorate the Plymouth Landing. As we know from Columbus Day, superficial history leaves holes whereas history that has a strong foundation cannot be thwarted. Instead of honoring the Plymouth Landing, why don’t we have a day honoring Native Americans, including correcting past injustices? I don’t feel we need to spend the money on coins.
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    Why should tax payers bear the cost of minting specialty coins when we already have coins? With everything government NEEDS to do why would you submit legislation like this?
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    Our history has overlooked so many people from lands other than England and Spain that to commemorate this would be prolonging an exaggeration.
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    Don’t we have better and more important things to spend our money on???? Like impeachment proceedings!!!
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    Print your collectors items at your own expense, not mine. Let a private company create some bogus 400th anniversary medallion. How about the treasury be required to stop printing money and stop issuing debt?
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