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Who should take care of Arlington National Cemetery?

Veterans groups and members of Congress are questioning whether management of Arlington National Cemetery should be transferred from the Army to the Department of Veterans Affairs.

The discussions come after investigators found dozens of unmarked or mislabeled graves, millions of dollars wasted on technology contracts and mismanagement that stretched from the cemetery's leadership to the upper echelons of Army leadership in the Pentagon. Read the full article.

By Jodi Westrick  |  August 23, 2010; 8:03 AM ET  | Category:  Local , National Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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Instead of doing away with the dollar bill issue immediately, add a two dollar coin (octagonal shape and sized to half dollar).
Avoid the dollar bill dispute, avoid the sizing and feel issues, and get on with life.
Later, if the two dollar coin becomes favorable over time, consider dumping the one dollar bill and making a one dollar coin (octagonal shape and thicker) so as not to be confused with the quarter . The last suggestion assumes that there will be a need for something as low as the dollar with the present exceptional economy.

Posted by: barbwiretoo | August 23, 2010 11:05 AM

Gosh, change your link from the main page to this one. The spelling is "cemetery" with all Es.

Posted by: valandsend | August 24, 2010 7:50 AM

Doesn't much matter who's running it if there isn't any oversight, shame or negative consequence for a poor performance. You'd think if ever there was a job that would cause someone to do their best because of the gravity of the situation, this would be it.

I dare say there is more to this than anyone knows but there is no excuse for what has been reported.

Posted by: theduck6 | August 24, 2010 8:42 AM

How about having a mercenary firm, such as Blackwater(now Sze?) manage the cemetery to the delight of the Repugs, who favor privitization at all costs?

Posted by: fgominho | August 24, 2010 11:25 AM

I'm all for it. I think the VA will respect the graves a bit more than those who've been doing it up 'til now. However, what kind of Pandora's Box does this open up? Would that mean the VA should take over all military cemeteries? Arlington may be the most famous but it's certainly not the only one.

Posted by: MadamDeb | August 24, 2010 10:16 PM

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