MoHJanuary 12 2005 at 9:48 AM
|Chris Kanca |
Response to Ban or not to ban
While it is technically illegal to sell the US Medal of Honor, in actual practice the whole selling issue is side-stepped by way of swaps and trades -- neither of which violates the law. In other words, I can 'trade' anything of 'like value' for one. Simply a matter of agreeing on value.
I don't know the financial situation of the Ménard family but, in my opinion, trying to shake down the government for personal gain is pretty shameless. Do I sympathize with their having to pay storqage for the General's belongings? Sure. But it's no different than what millions of other families go through when a relative passes on. You don't see them petitioning the government for reimbursement for storage, do you?
There used to be a time when national heroes left their decorations to museums or, more appropriately, they remained within the families as cherished heirlooms and a link to their past. Apparently selling off items of national heritage are no different than selling off grandma's antique furniture. Show me the money.
- Mr Stoffer - Bill Alexander on Jan 14, 2005, 6:10 PM