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Community Voice Response: July 14, 2020

From the June 19, Numismatic News E-NewsLetter

Do you think it’s a good idea for the ANA to relocate the 2020 World’s Fair of Money to another state?

Here are some answers sent from our e-newsletter readers.

Yes, they should move it if they can have a show this year.

Lee Quast
High Ridge, Mo.

No, it’s not a great idea. I believe 2020 coin conventions and many other social activities should just be written off entirely.

Name and Address Withheld

Well, here we go again. Since some major dealers within the American Numismatic Association (ANA) have another missed business opportunity, they are offering “straws.” It is no different than career politicians with ifs, ands, maybes, and buts.

Accept the reality of a damaged present society struggling with the twin crises: the pandemic and the breaking down of civil order. Poll your memberships – lest the elites within the ANA forget that the ANA is a membership organization – and inquiry their observations. As for relocating: Where? When? How soon? What arrangements and conditions? I say, accept the cruelty of our current circumstances and move on while praying for something possible in 2021 or later. My candor, most likely, shall have this rejected; yet, the elites of our hobby cannot reject the current circumstances.

Michael S. Turrini
Vallejo, Calif.

Please relocate the 2020 World’s Fair of Money elsewhere. While we may hope there will someday be a cure for COVID-19, there is no guarantee. We may have to live with this virus for years or even decades. There are many viruses for which there are no cures. We simply have to refocus on learning how to live with this virus. Just because Governor Tom Wolf won’t allow a return to normal, it is no reason to surrender. Move the show somewhere else – Salt Lake City or Colorado Springs would be fine – and reschedule Pittsburgh for the 2023 show.

V. Kurt Bellman
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It should be moved to where ever it can be held safely from the mobs. Many of us were looking forward to it. It provides an opportunity to do business and see old friends. The education for us, the public, and the youngsters who are the future of our hobby is too important to skip.

Ed Wielawski
Boston, Mass.

Yes, move from Pennsylvania, period. Currently, the governor is exceeding his authority. Choose a state with no tax on sellers and is safe from rioting with a strong law enforcement history. The sellers and buyers must be protected from the rabble.

Name and Address Withheld

They should look at the map of the states and re-locate to the state with the fewest COVID cases. I think that would be Oklahoma or Indiana.

Manuel Houston
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Cancellation is the correct response to the virus. Follow the science.

Name and Address Withheld

No! Do not relocate and bring people from areas that have high numbers of cases, inevitably affecting the local environment. It is not a smart thing to do. People need to realize that this is a real danger! And one that’s hard to fathom in the numbers.

In Monterey County, Calif., where I live, we have 430,000-plus residents. In order to know one individual who has died of complications from a COVID-19 infection, I must know 50,000 people personally, not friends of, etc, etc. We are by far “not out of the woods!” Caution is the better part of beating this microscopic enemy.

Charles Keith Madsen
Monterey County, Calif.

No. Atlanta is the crossroads of America. It definitely would not be a wise move, in my opinion.

Robert Roy Adams, II
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I believe that the ANA should move the World’s Fair of Money to another state instead of just canceling it. As a Pennsylvania resident, I have witnessed many important annual events being canceled. Many small and large stores and factories simply get closed down or put out of business by a governor who just does not care about what our residents and business owners want. Governor Tom Wolf seems to abuse his powers to the limit! The legislature is now attempting to actually impeach him as I write this email to you.

Dave Burdis
Charleroi, Pa.

My answer is yes, I do think it’s a good idea to move the show to another city. I would be happy to wear a mask and social distance if it means attending that show.

Brandon Riedl
Waupaca, Wis.

Let’s be adults and use good judgment about how we socialize. If one is sick, don’t come. If one has health issues, stay away. If one is healthy, be considerate of other people and do the best you can. I’m fed up with the “nanny state.”

Rob Rodriguez
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