I have lived in the Falls since 1968. My great-great grandfather was one of the village founders. I have served the community in multiple ways: Firefighter, various boards and commissions and for many years was president of the Falls Cable Access Corp. Currently I own, and am active in, a restaurant equipment manufacturing company.
Last night on the Nightly News I watched a story about how billions of one dollar coins have been minted and waiting to be put into circulation. The problem is that the general public doesn't care to use them because they are heavy and don't fit into a billfold.
Day by day the government cranks them out only to be shipped into warehouses for storage. New warehouses are very expensive and must be maintained. The coins cost the government about 33 cents each to manufacture.
They are to honor past US Presidents, and there are more than half of the presidents yot to be honored in this way.
This morning when I was at the bank I asked the teller for 20 bucks worth. She rummaged in her change drawer, but there weren't enough. She asked several other tellers for what they had and in total came up with thirteen coins. I took what they had and left.
My intention is to use them next time I'm at McDonald's and see what reaction I might get. Next time you are at the bank, ask for these gold colored coins and I bet you will have a similar experience.
Perhaps next week I'll go to the bank and ask for some two dollar bills.