My fellow metalsmiths,
In Last March’s JCK there is an article called "Capital Offensive"
that has me really ticked off.
It turns out that JA or Jewelers of America and their lobbying arm,
called JAPAC, are pressuring our lawmakers to keep US Armed Forces
PXs from selling gold jewelry. JA says that it will put undue
pressure on jewelry stores near military bases.
What?! Do those “Suits” have any clue about sacrifice or duty to
something bigger than their wallets?
I’m no big fan of war or our current leaders, however, our GIs live
and work in conditions that most people would never tolerate. They
put their lives on the line for our freedom to speak, work and
worship in our own ways. They get paid pitiful wages. All while a
bunch of heavily armed and highly trained guys are trying to kill
them. I think that giving them a price break at a PX is the least we
as citizens can do. It’s not like the average GI can afford to shop
at a fancy retail jewelry store.
I’d like to encourage you all to make your feelings known to the
Jewelers Of America.
Their web site is www.jewelers.org. Their email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
After all there are more important things in life besides money. So
for my part I’m willing to offer lower prices to GI’s who are
currently serving. I’m talking enlisted GIs here. Not officers. Many
tattoo shops offer at least a 10% discount for active duty GIs. What
do you all think is an acceptable discount for active duty military