Better East Texas: Controversy over nation's currency

Better East Texas: Controversy over nation's currency

EAST TEXAS (KLTV) - We have become accustomed to the changes in U.S. coins in recent years, with just about every denomination of coin being redesigned.

And many paper bills have gone through a facelift, as well. It was recently announced that an image of Harriet Tubman will be a part of a new design on the $20 bill. This marks the first time in more than 100 years that a woman will be featured on United States paper currency.

It had been rumored that Tubman would replace Alexander Hamilton on the $10 bill, but feedback from the public seems to have swayed the decision by the treasury to put her on the $20 bill instead.

There is always debate when the topic of currency redesign is brought up, but what better way to honor those individuals that shaped our nation than to include them on something just about every American has?

If you remember back several years ago when the redesign of the quarter coin brought us the state quarters - that move created high interest in coin collecting. We have a set in my family. The redesign also allows for several security improvements to thwart counterfeiters as well as a feature that will allow blind people to be able to distinguish between denominations of the bills.

We need to debate and discuss future changes to our currency and identify those leaders – both formal and informal – that can be honored by placing their image on coins and paper bills. It is a symbol of our nation and is essentially a living testimony to those who helped shape it.

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