To the editor of THE EAGLE:

The great Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren is dealing with the recurrent matter of paper $1 bills versus the dollar coins. There is a lot of back and forth about costs.

That all misses the point. People don’t use them because they don’t know that vending machines take them and these dollar coins are not distinct to the touch. Think of finding a coin in the dark.

Dollar coins feel very much like quarters. These coins need to be heavier and eight-sided. Vending machines need stickers that say that it is 100 percent fine and safe to use dollar coins in them. On the plus side, they are gold colored and that is fine visually -- in the light.

We should simply continue to use the fine -- and tougher -- paper bills until the mint finishes its job with research.


Chatham, N.Y.