The penny doesn#039;t have to be useless

by Beacon Staff • November 1, 2006

Upon reading the editorial in this week's issue, I grew sad. Is there no place for the penny in our culture?

Yes, we lose money on penny production, but let us use some Yankee Ingenuity to save our little copper friends. In 1938, Franklin Delano Roosevelt founded The March of Dimes charity program, asking everyone in the country to donate a dime for polio treatment and research.,Dear Editor,

Upon reading the editorial in this week's issue, I grew sad. Is there no place for the penny in our culture?

Yes, we lose money on penny production, but let us use some Yankee Ingenuity to save our little copper friends. In 1938, Franklin Delano Roosevelt founded The March of Dimes charity program, asking everyone in the country to donate a dime for polio treatment and research. Over the years, millions of dollars have been donated to The March of Dimes, (not just in dimes, however), and polio has been eradicated from our country and from most of the world.

Everybody has a jar, or a dish, or an ashtray full of spare change they will never spend, let's put it to use! Ask the American people to donate their penny jars to a cause-cancer research, hunger relief, AIDS treatment-something dire and worthwhile that people can rally around.

At the same time, pennies will be freed from their purgatorial state. With this new influx of pennies, our mints could scale back production, and cut their losses significantly. So how about it? Let's put our pennies towards philanthropy.

-Chris Girard

Freshman

Political Communications Major