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Karen Knapstein
Date
November 6, 2013

Penny Problems

It costs more than two cents to make a penny that’s only worth…a penny.

That fact has led some to consider whether or not the U.S. should eliminate the penny altogether. Other countries, including Canada and New Zealand, have already stopped producing coins in the smallest denomination and many feel eliminating the penny would simplify making change and save time when you’re at the cash register — an estimated 2 seconds from each transaction.

But without the penny, instead of prices that end in .98 or .67 cents, everything would end in 5s. For retailers, that would mean round UP a price, costing consumers about $2.00 each year. What’s more, a recent poll showed that two-thirds of Americans want to keep the penny around.

But what do you think? Should the country eliminate the penny? Vote in the poll and tell us your opinion, then leave a comment explaining why. Be sure to include your first name (only), age and state if you’d like your comment to be used on the show. 

471 comments on “Penny Problems

  1. Amber Martin

    No, because the prices already going up plus taxes and other bills we have to pay it would just be to hard on the economy to keep up especially on gas how the prices are going up then down higher then lower we Americans just can’t keep up

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      1. Chaya Fordham

        I think that we shouldn’t get rid of pennies because all money is going to cost more than the original amount so that is like saying oh we should get rid of money. Plus you never know you might be one cent short and if we get rid of pennies what are you going to do.

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      2. Jesus

        They shouldn’t take the penny away because if you do taxes will be raised and it’s not fare that the round up just because if you do that in your hole life time then can be alot of money that you used in you life time

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        1. Dipa patel

          I think we should keep pennies because if we needed a pennies where will we get it from and if we give five cents were will they get the four cents from!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! When we have no pennies in the future the price of thing will go up and we don’t want that to happen!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      1. Ben Danielson

        Pennies are just useless pieces of copper. They are a waste of resources like copper. Other coins like quarters are used for many everyday things

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        1. Mrs. M's class (Moxleys)

          Our class watches channel one everydayy! There is many agrees and dissagrees and one student Jeffery J. said that there is no reason to spend 2 cents on 1 cent! he cant decide because the prices will go up in the stores. He just doesnt know!

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        2. Lauren

          We shouldn’t get rid of the penny. It’s money, and we probably will all need it. When the government tells me it’s not money, then I’ll be on board with getting rid of them.

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      2. Devin

        I think that we shouldn’t get rid of the penny prices are going up on everything and it will just make the prices higher.

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      3. tyson -rhodes

        I think we should keep the penny because if we get rid of it, prices will go up. Do u really want to pay more for random house hold items? I think not.

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      1. Megan E.

        I just dont know there is alot of ups and downs with this but I think its best to get rid of it because it could make prices go higher…. I Just…. dont know.

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    1. Jordan Jergens

      No, i don’t think we should get rid of the penny because we want the prices to stay low in our township.

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    2. Katelyn Edmonds

      No, I do not think we should get rid of the penny because the prices of things such as groceries or gas would go up even more than what they are now. Some items are already expensive depending on how many that item is being bought for and if price are changed and the go up five cents it will caust larger families more per year.

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    3. Charles

      Yes I think we should get rid of the penny were lossing money and we need more money from the recent goverment shutdown.

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    4. cj

      I think the US should not stop making pennies because the design has symbolized the spirit of the nation, from Liberty to Lincoln. I quote from the Red, White and Blue Pages award page:
      “The Shiny Penny Awards seeks to recognize those Veterans and Military Family owned businesses who are taking steps to start and really grown their business in the first couple of years of its existence. We will award two $500 grants in this category, one to a veteran owned startup, and one to a military family owned startup. Startups must have been in business for less than two years. From patriotic Pam and I totally agree

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      1. cj flessel

        I quote from the Red, White and Blue Pages award page:
        “The Shiny Penny Awards seeks to recognize those Veterans and Military Family owned businesses who are taking steps to start and really grown their business in the first couple of years of its existence. We will award two $500 grants in this category, one to a veteran owned startup, and one to a military family owned startup. Startups must have been in business for less than two years.”

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    5. Miranda Reed

      I believe no pennies is a huge problem and would increase prices. Items that are priced $9.96 would now be $10.00. It doesn’t seem that big of a deal, but trust me, it is!

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    6. Gabriel-Ortiz

      Pennys are amazing, they have many purposes, if you find one, think twice about leaving it, you could give it to poor, or save it for a collection, it can also be a cause of pollution never though, should you leave it laying around.

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    7. josiephina

      I think it is good to save up the pennies because when the prices get higher what happens next!Saving up pennies can help with your child’s college or something but ever penny counts!

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    8. Jake-Kelly

      No,because pennies what had started us using loss change.it was the first loss change we built as a union.if we get rid of it is like getting a family member that you love and cherish.so I say keep the penny if u don’t u are. Losing a whole lifetime of money going to waste.

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    9. Destiny West

      No, because the amount on the good would be more expensive. Therefore a lot of people would not have enough money to buy the goods they need!

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    10. Emilee Hausauer-Johnson

      I say no because: At the dollar store in “ND” tax is six percent that is one nickel and one “PENNY” with tax it just does not make any sense. “KEEP THE PENNY”!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    11. Tuko

      I do not think the penny should be eliminated from U.S. currency. Once the penny is gone, then who’s to say when the nickel will be gone? I think that this idea of getting rid of the penny is a ‘Next Big Thing’ type of thing, even though it costs’ two cents to make one penny. Also, it is a symbol of honor to Abraham Lincoln, one of our great presidents.

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    12. Jake-Kelly

      No,The penny is important because it is the first coin made;and it is the start of all the money we earn. Although it may not be worth much,pennies do add up to millions and millions of dollars a year for not only charities across the country,but for people in need. I have always heard “a penny saved is a penny earned.” Try to save up all the pennies you come across in a few months. The amount you have will astonish you!

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    13. Emily-Tran

      We shouldn’t, because of the prices excelling and, also if a store we purchased items at, how will they return 6 cents? The penny has to stay.

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    14. chloe french

      I think you shouldn’t because they are history and very valuable when they get old if we throw the pennies away and don’t use them where is the history in that.
      -Chloe French

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    15. Anthony

      A penny has been part of the United States history and for example people don’t care about a it, but there are homeless people who don’t have money, and when they ask for money on the streets and someone gives them a penny, they with time will make a dollar. Plus, taxes are going to be more higher, some people don’t have a lot of money and their family’s are going to suffer without food, clothes, and thing they need. Even if people have money, they will also will have to pay more for everything. Economy these days is not stable, and the government’s job is to take care of people, not make them suffer more.

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    16. Gavin

      I think that the United States should not remove the penny from currency. The penny has been in the United States currency for along time and also Ben Franklin came up with the idea for the penny.

      Gavin

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    17. Alexis

      Yes, I think the United States should remove the penny. How is one cent going to help you buy things? For example, if you have money and you are at the store and you need some change just grab a nickel or dime.

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  2. Jessica

    Even though it costs two pennies to make one, by keeping the penny we will end up spending less on groceries and other goods.

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  3. Jack-Sample

    Although the penny is a trademark, it has no use anymore. The fact is, thy are just taking up space for the useful coins.Besides, who uses pennies to buy things? They are mainly just for “decoration”. – Jack SC

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    1. Noah

      Pennies have so little affect on prices, if we got rid of them it would only increase by 4 cents. So why does it matter.

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  4. Katie Pennington

    The U.S. Should not get rid of pennies because the prices could go up on groceries because we don’t have the penny.

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  5. Swansboro Middle School-Mrs. Loya's 8th grade Language Arts class

    The penny has been a part of our country’s heritage and tradition for many years and it has sentimental value. Also we fear if we get rid of the penny, that prices will go up.

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  6. Brooke Clark

    The country should not eliminate the penny. Yeah, it only costs 1 cent; but without Pennies you would never get your exact change. For example, if your total cost is $15.21, and you give them a 20 dollar bill; they will only be able to give you back 4.75 instead of 4.79.

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  7. Dylan ball

    Yes we should eliminate the penny because you have to 100 pennies to only make 1 dollar it’s not worth spending all that time to make them if it takes so much to only get so low if money. Most people throw pennies away and it’s just a waste.

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  8. Brooke Clark

    The country should not eliminate the penny. Yeah, it only costs 1 cent; but without Pennies you would never get your exact change. For example, if your total cost is $15.21, and you give them a 20 dollar bill; they will only be able to give you back 4.75 instead of 4.79…

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  9. Taylor

    No, I think the US should not get rid of the pennies. Why would you want too?? It’s been in the US so long. Without pennies, a cost would probably be round up the price and no one wants that I’m sure.

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  10. Logan Timmons

    Why would you make something that costs more to produce than for you to use it. That’s like a restaurant selling food for less than the ingredients are worth.

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  11. Cortney M.

    I don’t think that the U.S. should get rid of pennies because everything will be more expensive for everyday goods like milk and we will be in more debt. Pennies are good for us to use because we can pay the exact amount of our bill.

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  12. matt klopp

    I don’t think they should get rid of the penny because how would people get correct change if they don’t have the coins to even the balance of a item. All we would have left is the dime, Nickel, and the Quarter.

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  13. Ms. McClamrock

    My first period 6th grade Social Studies class at Hanes Magnet Middle School feels very strongly about this, so I am commenting on their behalf. :) We think the federal government could find a cheaper metal to make pennies from, therefore reducing their overall cost. Just one idea. Have a good day!

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  14. Dawson

    Do not get rid of the penny we are already in debt and plus taxes are sky high and they wanna make us pay more thats not right.

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  15. Mrs. Johnson's 6th-Grade Math Class

    Our class thinks the United States should keep the penny. It is part of our heritage as Americans. You can look at pennies through the years to see how our country has changed. Also, if we got rid of pennies, it would require every business, town, county, state, and federal organization to change their prices and tax rates. This would affect everyone!!

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      1. Thomas Hughes

        we should not give away pennies because if we do prices for foods and other things will go up and cost more and if we don’t the government should just find a new metal to make pennies

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  16. Stacey

    In my opinion i think they should keep the penny. If they got rid of it it will save money but it would be horrid to most people. The penny face up is good luck… Well they say that. They should find a cheaper material to make pennies…

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  17. AlYnA

    I dont think penny’s should be discontinued because their basically a sign of luck to some people and they reduce prices. The government can just find some OTHER material to make it out of. KEEP THE PENNY!!! :D

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  18. Dakota Bell

    I don’t think we should get rid of the penny because no matter if it is only one cent, that one cent can add up and make vacation money or money when you need it. My family uses it as a vacation fund.

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  19. Madisyn N.

    Don’t get rid of the penny! Every time I find a penny heads up, its good luck! I make the penny out of a cheaper material, so we can keep the penny! #keepthepenny

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  20. Makenzie

    I think that we should get rid of the penny because we are in so much debt and if we are loosing money why wouldn’t we do something to fix it?

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  21. mason

    we should not get rid of the penny because it is good luck if you find it heads up and we could also make it out of like aluminum because we have so many cans we could use for them #save the penny

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  22. Haley Coburn

    I don’t think the U.S should get rid of the pennies because it’s very easy to save them up, then in just no time you could have more pennies then you know what to do with. For instants, if you do a fundraiser the pennies could go to people with diseases to help find a cure.

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  23. Caitlin

    They should find a different and cheeper material Instead of having no pennies at all or prices on everyday things that we buy the prices would go up. #KEEP THE PENNY!

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  24. Ronald Blankenship

    i think they shouldnt make a penny anymore because it so stupid that you have to carry that one coin that only cost 1 cent.

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  25. Taylor D'haillecourt

    I think that u.s should get rid of the penny because you don’t use them for nothing barly I don’t use them .

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  26. Chloe N.

    I don’t think we should get rid of the penny because if we buy products without the penny then everything will be more expensive, We should just get less expensive penny material.

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  27. Justen Blankenship

    I think that they shouldn’t make the penny any more because its just useless. when i get a penny I throw it on the ground.

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  28. Dakota

    well it depends really. it will be harder to get exact change but it is to expensive to make them. nobody likes them anyway. i dont like the penny myself, but it keeps change exact it also costs more to make them. zinc is to expensive to make pennies out of so they just need to find something cheaper. if we find a cheaper metal i feel its fine to keep the penny but if not they should stop making them.

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  29. Ryleigh K

    No, We should not get rid of the penny because we are already in debt and by getting rid of the penny would make us pay for money for our everyday items that’s not right!

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  30. Dakota Bell

    I don’t think the US should get rid of the penny because that one cent can add up and help you get money. My family take the change that we have added up all year long and put it toward vaction time money.

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  31. Jesslyn J.

    No, I don’t think we should keep the penny because if we do those $0.99 will be ranked up to a dollar and our economy will get even worse. If anything we should be making the penny out of a new metal. Maybe aluminum? #KeepThe Penny

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  32. Corina Surface

    No, we should not get rid of the penny because then what would we do for change or taxes? The taxes would then have to go up. Because taxes could be six cents we could use a nickel but then what would happen with the one cent left? There’s a reason why we need the penny. The penny is needed, so it should be kept. Why get rid of something that we need?

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  33. Jessica B

    Upon first hearing about the possibility of the removal of the penny, I agreed with the decision and saw it reasonable to rid of something almost no one uses, but I suppose after seeing so many comments and concerns over the rise in prices, I agree it should be kept. Even though it takes more money to make it than it is actually worth.

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  34. Amber

    I honestly don’t think the U.S. should get of the penny. Because if you think about it it’s a part of the History. And then everything will have to be added up differently. The penny should stay in the U.S. Because then it wouldn’t cause as much problems with the people in the U.S. So my opinion is No…

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  35. Karli

    Why should we lose things that we don’t think we use, but are what keep people in the United States living. #keepthepenny

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  36. Elizabeth P.

    I don’t think the U.S should get rid of the penny for many reasons. Even though it does take two cents to make one it is still cheaper in the long run. Because if we get rid of the penny then they will raise the prices on everything because we wouldn’t be counting by ones, we would be counting by fives. Plus it would create problems because everyone couldn’t make the change all at one time plus, people would have useless money. So I think by getting rid of the penny it will cause more harm then good.

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  37. Destinee

    I personally don’t believe that the U.S. should get rid of the penny. Since the penny has been around for so long, it would be better to find a cheaper metal to make the penny. It could also cause chaos for our economy, which is already in danger with all of the price advancements. Pennies may be a hassle to carry, but you never know when you’ll need a penny handy.

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  38. James Terry

    I think that the United States government should keep the penny, because the prices of things that we buy would go up.

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  39. Chris Hatfield

    Then penny is not an efficient denomination of currency. It was efficient in the eighteenth century, nineteenth century and great depression era. It was almost like today’s one dollar bill. If it really costs two cents to make one cent, than it is ridiculous to know we still make it. The economy is bad enough. We don’t need to lose money on this near-worthless coin.

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  40. Ryan Lankford

    They shouldn’t get rid of the penny because it will effect everyone as a whole. It will also cause price values and tax rates to increase.

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  41. Christian Torres

    I think we shouldn’t take pennies away because if we want to buy something that is lower than a nickel we wont have the change to give. So we would be wasting more money than we should and if we take the pennies the prices go up, nobody would like that.

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  42. Aleena Jones

    I don’t think we should get rid of the penny. If we don’t have pennies, the price of common stuff would go up! We would be losing money.

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  43. Kourtney Stephens

    In my opinion, I think that the there would be no problem if the US got rid of the penny. The US is taking more money to make the penny than the penny is worth. The penny is such a low amount of money, which it’s really not worth anything. Although some people don’t have a lot of money, a penny is not going to make or break them.

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  44. Austin Sisk

    Considering how many people don’t use pennies any more, we don’t have a use for them and all the dept we owe to places like China, we can get rid of pennies and put them all toward paying it all back.

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  45. Georgetter Culler

    I think that they should get rid of the penny because it makes 2 cents to make the penny the U.S are already in the hole with money. Also, people just throw pennies away so why should we have something that you are just going to throw away. But then again if the U.S gets rid of it, the prices are going to o up.

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  46. Miles Smith

    The penny coin should remain as a coin, if something costs 4.77, you have the pennies for the extra 7 cents, the second reason it should stay is because who is on the front of the coin, Abraham Lincoln, the penny is part of US history which is very important.

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  47. Victoria

    this can go 2 ways; on one hand if we get rid of the penny prices will be rounded say i had to pay $10.96 without the penny i would have to pay $11and we notice it costs alot to make 1 penny, on the other hand pennies can keep prices down.

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  48. Alena

    I think that the penny should stay because that is a creation from one of our Founding Father and all of his hard work gone if you stop it

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  49. Rosemary

    No we should not get rid of the penny. Although the penny costs more to produce than what it is worth, by getting rid of the penny the prices on daily goods would be thrown out of balance and we would face more debt.

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  50. Jaki Royal

    I think the U.S should not get rid of pennies because the sweet tea lovers at McDonald’s have tax and pennies can pay for a lot of things my grandma saves and I’m going to use all of the pennies that she has. So the U.S does not need to get rid of pennies.
    Jaki Royal

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  51. Victoria

    If we get rid of the penny, prices will rise; if we keep the penny then we will be spenting more to produce it, BUT if we stop making alot of pennies then that would make them more valuable due to the lack of them flowing through the economy.

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  52. Aaliyah Hairston

    I think the U.S should get rid ofpennies. The U.S should get rid of pennies, because more money is spent makig a penny than it is worth.

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  53. Destinee Felix

    I believe we should stop printing them all together, if it’s not worth what it is it’s what is driving this nation into debt. Sure it’ll make prices rise but it’ll even out in the end.

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  54. Victoria

    My Economics teacher taught that the more money we have flowing around the economy its value decreases and the less money we have flowing around the economy the value increases.

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  55. Mrs. Panganiban's Class (Group 4)

    We think that the penny should stay because the price would be higher for us and our parents. Also we think that it should stay because some people collect it and we want our own generation to see pennies from 2013. Don’t take away our pennies!!!!!

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  56. Greg

    If you get rid of the penny then prices would have to be a multiple of 5 or 10 since we only have nickels, dimes, and quarters. Tax would have to be recalculated to end in a multiple of 5 or 10.

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  57. Sam Lovelace

    No, because the penny it like a symbol for the freedom of the slaves, and the stop of the racism of the blacks, and I would not like to pay and extra 4, 3, 2, or 1 cent because of rounding to five cent.

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  58. Kandice-Bolen

    No, because the prices would go up. And if we are at the store and the stuff we buy is $30.04 we would need four penny’s. I THINK WE NEED TO KEEP THEM.

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  59. Leana

    No,they should not take away the penny’s because what if you need one and you don’t have one I mean just think about needing $1.01 dollars and if you don’t have a penny then how are you going to give them one cent so no we should keep the penny.

    ~leana~

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  60. Austin Holland

    no because like say if you need to pay 6 more cents so you use a nickel then you need a penny to pay the rest and if we round it off to the nearest 5 you may have to pay more and we dont want to pay more for say a soccer ball video game books and all that stuff.

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  61. Kody

    The U.S should not toss the pennies they are worth something and come in handy when needed. They add up faster than you think. I think that the u.s should not get rid of the Pennie it would be a mistake

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  62. Taylor Morrison VHS

    Just because it costs 2 cents to make a 1 cent coin, does not mean that we should get rid of the Penny. Getting ride of the penny will mean higher prices on food and other necessities. The economy is having a hard enough time with costs now so imagine it with higher prices. A little money doesn’t seem like much but it will really all add up in the end.

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  63. Leana

    No, we should not get rid of the penny because if we need one and we do not have it than what are we going to do than

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  64. Emily Shingleton

    I don’t think that they should get ride of the pennies because everything would be more expensive and the penny is the smallest and the only copper coin.

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  65. Derek kennedy

    We should not get rid of them you can save penny’s so if we save them we can can get nickels then dimes then quarters

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  66. Sylas

    The pennies are useless now, and takes up more space then is needed. We will probably not even notice the cost of items rising one cent. Financially, it is not a sound investment. Anytime one looses money instead of profiting, they should bail.

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  67. Arielle B.

    Don’t get rid of the pennies! I’ve been saving money for my collage fund since I was little and have jars and jars of pennies. Who knows what that would amount to!! Without my pennies I wouldn’t have as much money saved that I do. LETS KEEP THE PENNIES!!!

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  68. Steven Privett

    I think that the penny should be eleminated because it cost more than what it is worth and nobody really uses pennies anyways. It takes a lot of pennies to buy something so I believe that it is a waste of time.

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  69. Logan Elmore

    i think yes they should not be made anymore no one really useds them anymore.it is kinda a waste of money if it take two penny to make one then its not worth it.

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  70. Kevin Compton

    I believe that the use of the penny is obselete and we do not need it anymore. The value of the dollar has decreased and is not even able to use in vending machines.

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  71. Houston Blake Coburn

    Yes, because if it takes more to make something that nobody really cares about than we do not really need it. Pennies are useful sometimes but are not a need for us. If people don’t want to get rid of pennies then why not just make them out of a cheaper metal.

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  72. bob the builder

    If you want to pay more money and raise prices, then get rid of the penny. But if you have over $500 in pennies and are smart……… keep ‘em. #sorrynotsorry

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  73. kyle griffith

    getting rid of the penny is not a good idea for many reasons : such as the value of all other money and when dealing with change at cash registers. how will i get the change i need if i need less then a nickel? prices on things in stores will go up, and i do not think anyone will want that!

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  74. Thelma

    I think we should keep the penny because it’s useful in so many ways. Prices will go up and some people can’t afford that. Pennies help so many people in the world.

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  75. zachary hanson

    no we should not stop making the penny because a reminder to us west virginia lovers was the one who made us our own state and stopped slavery in the amount of time he was president and hero of the united states.

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  76. Alexis Gabrielle

    There’s a huge contriversy about whether or not the U.S. Government should keep making the penny or not and I think they should keep making pennies. I understand that it costs 2 for the making of one but without pennies, instead of rounding costs to the nearest cent they would round it to the nearest nickel, in turn raising the cost of everyday items which would also put huge financial stress on the ones who have less than the average American.

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  77. Zach2

    So I think we should keep the penny because if we get rid of the penny it will change the whole system of how you would get change back. I mean what if you get 7 cents back in change how would you give that back to a customer. You wouldn’t that is the point there is no way you can give 7 cents back to a customer without a penny.

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  78. Paul Hicks.

    No, because the penny saves people a lot of money. If we didn’t have the penny then it would raise the price on a dollor to 5 cents instead of 1 cent pre dollor.

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  79. justice barker

    yes out with the penny ” find a penny pick it up all day long you’ll have good luck” ya right if we spend more to make them we should just stop

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  80. Autumn

    Knowing that you are spending more money on making one single penny you are going in the hole when doing this. It takes two pennys to make one single penny. Even though we are actually going into the hole I personally think we should keep the penny because it makes up for the odd amount of change when buying something at a store. For retailers , if we would get rid of the penny it would mean that the cost of a price would round up the actual amount of the item(s).

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  81. Joey

    Getting rid of the penny really damages the economy EVEN MORE! You may run out of paper money or credit card money or checks, but you can just exchange your collected pennies and make money.

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  82. Timothy Parks

    No, because with out the penny we would have to round to the nearest nickel instead of the nearest penny. Even though we don’t have a lot of use for the penny with out the penny we wouldn’t be able to make exact change.

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  83. Topher Phillips

    No we shouldn’t get rid of the penny because of how many people save their pennies.Some people have over one hundred dollars in pennies saved any.

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  84. Kasey

    I think we should keep pennys because money is money, no matter how much it cost. If we didn’t have the penny when you go to buy something and it comes out to be $1.03, where are you gonna get that three cents from?

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  85. Michael

    I don’t think that the U.S. should get rid of pennies because, prices are already up. Getting rid of the pennies would just make prices go up evan more.

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  86. Zachary Hanson

    No we should not stop making the penny because a reminder to us west virginia lovers was the one who made us our own state and stopped slavery. In the amount of time he was president and hero of the united states.

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  87. Maeco

    In my personal opinion, I believe we should keep the penny around. Things that cost .99 cents would end up rounding to the nearest tenth and make the cost of living higher. Not only would that happen but exact change would be harder to come by.

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  88. bryan lyons

    No because if we get ride of the penny every thang will go up by 5 cents and everyone would get mad at Obama again.

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  89. Tyler Mitchem

    Should we keep the penny? I think the penny is useless but if the penny is removed then what would happen to taxes? Will they be rounded to the nearest 5 cent that can raise prices for a lot of states.

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  90. Barney Jay :_)

    no because if you have a big families would have to pay more money on taxes and then wouldn’t have any money to feed the children …#keepthepennies

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  91. William

    No, the U.S. should not quit making the penny. The penny is more important than people give it credit for. How do you expect to pay for some that is 99 cents without pennies? You can’t. The U.S. should keep the penny.

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  92. Corey Bevins

    I think we should get rid of the penny because why do we need something that costs more to make and less at its value to use.

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  93. kalebhoilman

    whats the point of having a penny it cant buy you nothing and they never work in any vending machines any more and its not like people use pennys everyday so what the point of having them

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  94. Alie Martin

    I think we should keep the penny because it is a big part of our countries history. Also what are you going to do if something costs 3 cents and you give the business a nickel. How are you going to get 2 cents back?

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  95. Jonathan L.

    NO Because we need pennies for a lot of things in our Daily lives like buying things for your family through out the week. The Government should just find a different type of material.

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  96. Jonathan Terry

    I would like to see if anything major would happen if we stopped making a penny because maybe the government would get better because we wouldn’t need to be spending extra money on pennys. I think the penny should still be made because then prices would go up and that would stink for families with more children than other homes.

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  97. Jessica (from Sidney High School)

    So when you’re down and it seems
    Your life has a blue tint,
    That penny on a sidewalk
    May be truly “heaven-cent.”

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  98. Jill-Sullivan

    It’s ridiculous that we’re wasting money on it, but we don’t need that change right now.
    -Alejandro from Mrs. Sullivan’s class

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  99. Carylie (from Sidney High School)

    So don’t pass by that penny
    When you’re feeling blue,
    It may be a penny from heaven
    That an Angel’s tossed to you.

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  100. Leia Ivy Elkins

    I think that the penny is virually worthless and should begotten rid of. They cost more than they are worth.

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  101. Miss Anderson's Class

    I think the penny is useful because you can add them up and exchange them for dollar bills in coin machines. I don’t want it to be rounded up because then it would cost more. “If it don’t make dollars than it don’t make cents!!”

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  102. Katelynn (from Sidney High School)

    So don’t pass by that penny
    When you’re feeling blue,
    It may be a penny from heaven
    That an Angel’s tossed to you.

    “In God We Trust” is not a phrase
    Just printed on a penny,
    It’s something to remember
    When your troubles seem like many.

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  103. Ashley (from Sidney High School)

    Found pennies come from heaven,
    That’s what I’ve been told,
    By Angels watching over us
    From their clouds of gold.

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  104. Daniel-Henry-Collins

    I personally do not care for pennies. If I buy something and I am shorted a few cents, it won’t break my budget because I don’t even use the pennies I am given in my change. They just sit in my room and eventually get lost.

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  105. Christian Radabaugh

    I think they shouldn’t throw away pennies because you may not of notice that you might throw away a dollars worth.

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  106. Jimmie Brooks

    I think that we should keep penny’s. If you go to a store and have to pay 7 cents per dollar then you would have to pay ten cents a dollar. If you spend 100 dollars at a store then you would have to pay 10 dollars more! It adds up.

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  107. Beatrice-Smugle

    I would like to keep pennies.
    Sometimes i eat them, and i like to use them to throw at my enemies.
    KEEP THE PENNIES!!!!!

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  108. Christian Radabaugh

    I think they shouldn’t throw away pennies because you may of notice that you might of throwing away a dollars worth each time your throwing a penny .

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  109. Lindsay

    We should get rid of pennies. It’s a waste of money and not many people use them anyways. It’s not going to change prices much either. It would only add like a penny to the price or round it to the nearest 5 cents.

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  110. Tina Fleaman

    Mrs. Fleaman’s class thinks that if we get rid of pennies, sales tax will also rise….. costing consumers more than the “extra” penny it costs to make a penny.

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  111. Ms. Neal's Class

    We live in Austin, Texas and go to Hill Elementary. We are 5th graders and love channel one! On this topic, we took a poll. 7 say we should get rid of the penny. 17 say we should keep the penny. The reasons for keeping the penny are: 1. It would be hard to get rid of pennies since there are so many. 2. A lot of people have a lot of pennies and we would be throwing away money. BUT We also think it costs too much to make the pennies. Maybe we could make the pennies out of something else that is cheaper…? It’s a hard topic to figure out the answer to.

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  112. Andrew

    We should get rid of pennies. They are causing the government to just spend even more money on things when we are trillions of dollars in debt. An extra cent because of .99 being rounded at grocery stores would not be noticed.

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  113. Anna F.

    No, because if you need just one more cent, a penny is useful. It also is fun to find a penny on the ground once in a while. But, I do understand the issue that the President pointed out. When I was in 2nd grade we had to find penny’s for every year of my life. I want my sister who is in Kindergarten to have the same experiance.

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  114. james-haines

    i think that they should make the penny worth a little larger of an amount for a short period of time. so that people will bring all penny’s in to banks and get a little amount of money for doing it. so in other words they have an ideal motive or reason to bring in penny’s. for example for the period of time make pennys worth two or three cents so each one you give to your bank you get a special amount in your bank account.

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  115. Alyssa C.

    I do not think they should get rid of penny’ s because if you have a certain amount of money, and you need one more cent, a penny is useful

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  116. Logan Elliot

    Yes we should get rid of the penny because more people use a debit/credit card so it really wouldn’t matter because we don’t have the money with us the card has the money.

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  117. Alaina K.

    I think they should get rid of the penny because we should not waste copper, which is a non-renewable resource, on tiny little circles with almost no value. All that copper could be used for other things, like electrify homes and be used for wiring for robots that could help people.

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  118. Jason Villanueva

    No, because they have been part of the U.S. forever and they are really special for all the people in the U.S.

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  119. Logan Elliott

    Yes we should get rid of the penny because penny’s are useless, nothing is worth 1 cent.

    Mrs. Roseman’s Class

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  120. PAUL CAREY

    WHY DONT THEY JUST DO LIKE THEY DID IN 1943 ON THE STEEL PENNY AND LEAVE THE COPPER OUT OF IT TO MAKE IT CHEAPER!

    MY CLASS IN WASHINGTON STATE WOULD LIKE YOU TO DO A SEGMENT ON THE 1943 STEEL PENNY!

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  121. Kevin-Garcia

    pennies are actually more valuable than you think. it can make a dollar if you have a hundred pennies. by Alex28

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  122. Alysabeth Richards

    I think that we should keep our pennies because prices will be rounded up. Also because pennies are very useful for uneven balances.

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  123. ike/ swag

    I think that we should get rid of the penny because if you see one on the ground you wont just pick it up, its not worth enough.

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  124. Tatiana and Lexie

    We think that pennies should stay because they are a part of our american history. Taking away the penny would be like taking away the dollar just because you have a higher bill. Also, eliminating the penny would cause sales tax and other taxes to rise, causing families to have less money that they probably need. SAVE THE PENNY!!!!! :-)

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  125. Iule

    When you’re in need, every little bit counts–pennies included. However, when you know your mom can give you your lunch money in bills, it becomes embarrassing to stand there in line waiting for the cashier to count all your pennies. Don’t get me wrong, pennies can be a lifesaver sometimes, but, is it even worth anymore?

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  126. Kristen powers

    I think that they should not get rid of penny’s because it would just make a lot of things more expensive and people would start to get mad

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  127. Brooklyn Lanham

    We should get rid of it because it’s useless to spend more money on something that is only one cent and makes no difference in the economy.

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  128. Lakedria

    Noooo , because what if you go to the store and the amout of the object you buy be an odd number . Your going to need the pennies to make the about right ,

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  129. Lynyel Duggins--5th period Enrichment class

    Comment for Keeping The Penny
    “The penny has been an iconic part of our country for hundreds of years.”

    Ian Birney–13 yrs. old–Boyle County Middle School, Danville, Kentucky

    Comment for Not Keeping The Penny
    “There is no reason to make something, if you are losing money while you are doing it.”

    John Masters–13 yrs. old–Boyle County Middle School, Danville, Kentucky

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  130. Samantha-Mattox

    I say no because most people save their pennies to exchange them into dollars or put them in their bank accounts like my family does because we are short on money just like other families are.

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  131. Abbey G.

    The penny should not be abolished because it is needed in everything we do- from buying clothes to school lunches, the penny makes more of a difference than people realize.

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  132. Damon

    Keep the penny. Without the penny it would be really hard to give change when Michigan sales tax is $0.06. Terrible idea it would make things worse. Keep the penny!

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  133. Mrs. Rhoades' Class

    Even if they aren’t worth much alone, if you save many pennies up together, you can cash them in and have more money than you did before.

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  134. Kaleb

    I say that we keep the penny because the products that cost, for example, $6.99, it will be more expensive for people that don’t have a lot of money. The penny has the president who helped stop slavery, Abraham Lincoln.

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  135. Tim Harvey

    My students are currently studying percentages. Iowa has a 6% sales tax. We could not afford to lower it to 5% nor could we raise taxes to 10%. The penny (hundredths) place value will always exist with currency.

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  136. Noah

    Honestly, I think that the government should just get rid of the penny and round every price to the nearest fifth. It would save the government a lot of money and it would help the U.S. Economy. It would save us billions.

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  137. Ethan

    What has America become today? The penny has been around for about a century. I believe that everything has worth, even a penny. Even though it costs 2 cents to make 1 penny, it could have a miraculous effect on America. These are the years of change. There’s too much change in the world. You see where change has gotten us. Our world is breaking apart. Listen, all of the world: Fix what you’ve broken.

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  138. Metcalf 8th Grade

    As a class, we think that the penny should be kept. The penny is not only a valuable currency, but is used as an educational tool to teach kids integer counting. Even if prices were rounded, there would still also be a lot of uncertainty in the market. Pennies are part of our history and our national heritage!

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  139. Destiny England

    I understand that prices would go up a bit, but by what? 4 cent? Pennies are just not worth it. If they were, there would be no “Give-a-penny – Take-a-penny” cups in all the stores.

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  140. victor

    well they should stop production because just a waste of money and it can go to better stuff like help community
    that needs that money.

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  141. Ruby Eagle

    Like the saying says, ‘a penny saved is a penny earned.’ Save our pennies, and you will be saving that extra couple of cents.

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  142. bella-cupcake

    If they got rid of the penny than how would we make 24 cents or 99 cents?
    If it is a really bug problem they would make a solution.

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  143. Destiny Cochran

    I believe the U.S. should do away with the penny. Stopping the production of the penny will help the U.S. in the long run. Yes, the price of items will likely rise in the beginning, but the money we save on not producing pennies can be used to help stablize our economy.

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  144. Joey Young

    You can not get rid of the pennies. If you get rid of the pennies how can we buy 99 cents items. Without the penny the U.S will lose half of the money they spent to make them. It would just be a total lost of such an amazing coin.

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  145. Amy Moses

    I understand that we are spending more money to make just one penny however, the prices of EVERYTHING would go up. That means all the families in lower class of America will struggle even more! I disagree with stopping the production of the penny.

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  146. Kayla Anderson

    I stongly advise getting rid of the penny. I see no useful need for it considering all they do is lie underneath couches in random homes and in the floorboards of cars. Everybody just throws them in the trash when they sweep anyway. So my honest opinion is that we get rid of the U.S. penny.

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  147. Samantha Harvey

    In a way, I can see how this would be a good thing considering no one really ‘likes’ having pennies in their pocket, but then again it would make prices everywhere raise. I wouldn’t necessarily mind them getting rid of the penny. In my opinion, it would make things easier and would save us the money that they are using to make these pennies.

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  148. Kelli

    The penny is known for value and should not be removed. However, if the production cost is too high, it might be considerable to limit the production on the penny. The penny holds value just as any other coin and the removal of the coin would affect the lives of many. For example, it could cause a possible price increase.

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  149. Miranda B.

    Yes, I think the government should stop producing pennies because they are basically worthless and it costs more to make them than they are actually worth.

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  150. Alyson Hollins

    Even though prices of everyday items will increase I believe that the U.S. should do away with the penny because it costs double to make the penny than what it is worth.

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  151. austin thomson

    I dont think we should get rid of the penny because of the tax it would rise. Insted of 6 cents i think they will round it up to 10 cent in wv. after a while the tax on gas would go up and make the gas prices rise also.

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  152. Noah Smith

    I think that we should because the pennies cost almost nothing. There is really almost no use for it. They either end up under the couch or just laying on the sidewalk or the road or just anywhere. so we should just get rid of them all together.

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  153. EmileyT

    You can not just get ride of ” the penny”. If you go to a store and you buy something and it’s $1.06 you need the penny to make the sixth cent. Abe Lincoln set the slaves free, the next generation my not even know who he is in the future. If we get ride of the penny then price of stuff will get higher. I say NO!!!!!!!!!!

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  154. Jonathan cheatham

    you can’t just get rid of a us coin because so many people are used to having it in their pocket if you get rid of it, nothing could ever replace a nickel, dime or other coins

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  155. Mrs. McAlister's 7th grade Advisory Class

    Most of our kids say to keep it the same. Things are already expensive and rounding up with involve more cost.

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  156. Ava N from Hill Elementary

    We should keep the penny because we might not be able to pay for something with exact change and then we would have to round up and pay more.

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  157. Abby Holmes

    I don’t think that the U.S MINT should stop making pennies because pennies are part of America and they have been her for a long time, We can just find a less expensive material to make them

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  158. Cole Burgess

    I think they should get rid of the coin because it’s like baking two pies then throwing one out the window. It’s total nonsense because they could be using that money for good stuff.

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  159. Danielle Pope

    I think that they should keep making pennies.Prices will go up a lot if they stop making pennies.Most times you have change but, if you round the prices up they will lose more money each day than the person who is paying.If you go to the dollar store if you have two dollars and pennies it with give a better or an exact money to the cashier.

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  160. Maura M.

    If they got rid of the penny, nobody would care about them anymore. Some people don’t want the penny to get rid of so the people who just start learning about money don’t have to just stop learning about the penny.

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  161. Griffin Talley

    I think they should get rid of penny’s because they’re not worth anything. I have never used them when I pay for something. They are only 1 cent so there’s no point of having
    them.

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  162. cj flessel

    I think we should keep the penny because it shows liberty and justice I also think we should keep the penny because the quote from the Red, White and Blue Pages award page:
    “The Shiny Penny Awards seeks to recognize those Veterans and Military Family owned businesses who are taking steps to start and really grown their business in the first couple of years of its existence. We will award two $500 grants in this category, one to a veteran owned startup, and one to a military family owned startup. Startups must have been in business for less than two years.”

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  163. Mr. E's Class

    Get rid of the all coins but the quarter, because it would easier to carry around your purse or wallet. “Kyla”

    Get rid of all coins but the quarter, do not change prices but round all transactions to the nearest quarter so the most you would have to pay is 24 cents. All of they “rounded money” would be a tax to help pay for education in America. “Mr. E’s 5th grade class”

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  164. Alex Seo

    We should keep the penny for change. Without pennies people will not get change. For example if someone buys something for $5.99 they need to get the 1 cent back.

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  165. Carlos Fonseca

    I don’t think the penny should be eliminated because what if someone needs to pay taxes and they’re one cent off? No, keep the penny. Anything that the government does with this historical thing is unbelievibly “throwing away” the lucky penny of the centuries.

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  166. Ally Scott

    No because I don’t think we should have to pay more. Getting rid of the penny is unfair. Some people can’t afford it. It does seem like a lot but if you think about it all the stuff you buy will add up.

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  167. Danielle Byrd

    The United States should not get rid of the penny because it’s a symbol to America. A compromise would to make the penny 2 or 3 cents.

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  168. Ken Aydlott

    I agree that the cost of everything will go up when the penny is taken out of circulation. However, it doesn’t make economic sense to keep making something that costs more to make than it is worth.

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  169. Parker Stewart

    I believe that we should stop making the penny because in the long run we are losing money.So for every cent we make we are losing one.I under stand it has one of our most beloved presidents on it but, we are just stop wasting money.

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  170. Rahul Jakati

    I think that they should not take the penny away because then we will round all of our prices up, which means higher prices for consumers.

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  171. Bobby and Ryan

    We think it is not right to get rid of pennies because pennies if you are in situation where you need one more penny to pay for something, you would have the exact amount with one penny instead of a nickel. We watch your show at school, we know you Maggie. We have faith in you. Please give a shout out to 7th grade at Holy Family School in Oglesby, Illinois because we watch your show every day. We really like your show.

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  172. Michael

    I think no because stuff will cost more. like things that are .99 cents they would be rounded to $1.00 and that is more than it is worth. if you buy 1 thing per day for a year it would cost you an average of $7.30. So save the Penny!

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  173. Cassidy Reed

    No they shouldn’t get rid of the penny because the US has had pennies forever. It is a symbolic figure.

    ~Cassidy Reed

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  174. Kana Walker

    I think we should keep using pennies. If we don’t have them then prices will go up, and so will taxes. Also, if we just stop using pennies, then all the money that’s being spent on making them right now, will be wasted.

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  175. Brandon-Hernandez

    Why the penny? Its been around with the nation since the mid 1800s. Pennys may be little but can make that small difference in a purchase

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  176. Anonymous

    I think it’s a bit ridiculous that the penny costs more to make than we say it is worth. But, without the penny, prices would go up and cost people more money because of extra taxes. Overall, the penny is a good idea, but it can be made with a new, less expensive material.

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  177. Alec D.

    I think that they shouldn’t get rid of the pennies. There are a lot of things that need pennies, like the decorated penny machine that spits out pennies of animals at aquariums. And many people need exact change at cash registers, so they use pennies for said change. So no, they should not get rid of pennies.

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  178. phillip-young

    I THINK NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!! BECOUSE EVRYTHING IS ALREADY EXPENSIVE IF THEY ROUND UP THEN IT WILL BE MORE EXPENSIVE

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  179. Rachel N.

    No, I don’t think we should get rid of the penny. I know it costs twice its value to make it, but if we get rid of it, people will just start to round prices to the nickel! Also the penny is a part of history. Getting rid of the penny would be like throwing history in the trash. They could make the penny in a lighter, cheaper material so it wouldn’t cost as much to make.

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  180. krystopher-allen

    No,i believe if Benjamin Franklin had the idea for a penny, by getting rid of the penny you are getting rid of history

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  181. Khelly

    No they shouldn’t because people save them and put them in a change machine. They shouldn’t get rid of luck. Even though they are found on the ground, it will always be that person who will pick it up and save it.

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  182. Rylan

    They should get rid of it. We are in enough debt as it is. Round it up and start making some progress with our country.

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  183. bethany

    i think the U.S. should not take the penny away because the higher amount of money you have in your wallet, if you lost it you wouldn’t have lost a lot of money compared to if you only lost 2 pennies over 4 quarters.

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  184. brittany cauthen

    No. Because I think that we don’t need the price to go up. everybody gets pennies to make dollars. I think that its not right to others who wont to get rid of pennies. Everybody should know that the price will go up on everything and it will be more pricier and some people in america don’t wont that well at least the people i know don’t wont to do that. i think that that’s just wrong,also in my opinion i think we all look forward to receiving pennies when ever we get them.I always like to make cents to get dollars.That’s always how us Americans get money.

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  185. samantha the cutest

    Yes I think that we should stop making pennies only because we bearly use it but then again people do save pennies because it makes money if u save up pennies u will have a lot of money because 100 pennies makes $1.00. So this is what I think about keeping pennies

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  186. Yasmine H.

    I think we should keep the penny because the pennies could go to the penny drive, also because the price will go SKY HIGH for us comsumers, and because it’s good luck!

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  187. Ashley Sanders

    I don’t think the penny should be taken away because pennies can be put towards children’s cancer foundation or children’s hunger and it can go a long way.

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  188. Yasmine H.

    KEEP PENNY because we won’t be able to get our exact change ex. 49 cents no penny to help you out. NO PENNY = :[

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  189. Jack-Graham

    Yes, because pennies now don’t have much worth, as they did back then. Yes, prices will raise but by only about 2-to-3 cents! I myself don’t really care about pennies that much so i say get rid of pennies!!!

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  190. Anastasia Romanov

    the government has already got rid of the half dollar (for you guys out there yes there was a half dollar) and the coin currency in the U.S is one of the most interesting things in our country if you take away the penny it will be terrible loss. we know the penny is costing more than it is worth, but the history behind it is stronger than the penny’s price tag
    I mean, come on have you seen a “wheat penny” or the 2009 penny they are amazing how much importance is in a little piece of copper

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  191. Mariam Ashour

    No we should not get rid of penny because canda did doesn’t mean we should because my school is doing a penny war so it doesn’t matter what the people in canda say we have the rights for keeping pennies it might be part of history because it has a president face on it so KEEP THE PENNIES !

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  192. Blair-Anderson

    no b/c it costs the us more money to make it than it is worth, so it is useless….and i agree that if we stop making the penny then stores will round up but….if we cut from production then the us will end up saving more money….the same thing that we have needed for a while.

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      1. Mia

        I believe that we should keep the penny because there will be more money to spend than right now. If we get rid of the pennies it will be unfair because of more tax that we will have.

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  193. Andrew powelson

    I believe that the penny should not go away, it will just raise taxes if they do anything they should just make the penny smaller.

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  194. Anastasia Romanov

    The government has already got rid of the half dollar (for you guys out there yes there was a half dollar) ,and the coin currency in the U.S is one of the most interesting things in our country if you take away the penny it will be terrible loss. we know the penny is costing more than it is worth, but the history behind it is stronger than the penny’s price tag.
    I mean, come on have you seen a “wheat penny” or the 2009 penny. It is amazing how much importance is in a little piece of copper

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  195. Mariam Ashour

    The government has already got rid of the half dollar (for you guys out there yes there was a half dollar) ,and the coin currency in the U.S is one of the most interesting things in our country if you take away the penny it will be terrible loss. we know the penny is costing more than it is worth, but the history behind it is stronger than the penny’s price tag.
    I mean, come on have you seen a “wheat penny” or the 2009 penny. It is amazing how much importance is in a little piece of copper It was a idea of making this cooper pennies

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  196. Connor Short

    No, I don’t think the penny should be removed because than all of the expensive things we want become MORE expensive. It just doesn’t make cents!!!

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  197. Steve Harvey

    I think they should keep the penny because what if you have to pay money for a candy bar.The candy bar cost $2.39.You only have 2 dollars and 35 cents then when you pay the candy bar you will have to pay 2 dollars and 40 cents not 39 cents.

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  198. Jordan Kornegay

    No,because if you save up the penny’s, these places that have machines you put your penny’s into u get money.

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  199. Nicholas black

    No don’t get rid of the us penny because I think if we got
    Rid of the penny it would make prices go up so no
    That’s no cool to get rid of the penny

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  200. Slender Chick

    We should not rid of the penny cause it will make a major “change” in our economy and priced will rise. ; D

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  201. Markeya-Loveable

    Even though we do not use pennies all the time they still could be useful at some points when shopping or something. They also could be used for throwing in water fountains to make a wish :)

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  202. Mia Castaneda

    I think they should get rid of them since they are just a waste of time and money.
    Who would get one hundred pennies to make just to make one dollar?
    If the government doesn’t get rid of them then they should at least make it a twenty cent coin.This is the only coin that is made of copper maybe this is what makes them so
    expensive.

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  203. sam R.

    I feel that if we stop having pennies around, it will make all prices go higher and more difficult to make change from.

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  204. Anna harman

    I don’t think that there is any reason to get rid of the penny. The penny is our best friend if we don’t have any other dollars or coins! I don’t think it is a good idea. My vote is NO! My class agrees! #GOMUSTANGS!! (spring station middle)

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  205. abbigail rivas

    No because you can make 1.00 with 100 penny and taxes are getting higher and sometime you need some penny and you don’t have some and they chasher need to give you penny and it like if you throw your favorite thing in your house

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  206. Hunter Toennies

    I think the government should keep pennies because, prices will go up, and for people with financial problems could well be a problem and I like it when I find a penny heads up.

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  207. Savannah Chase

    I do not think they should get rid of the penny. I agree that it could raise taxes for us. Sure we don’t really have much use for it but sometimes it is useful. Like that old saying goes “A penny saved is a penny earned” So I do not think anything should happen to the penny.

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  208. Josh

    I believe that pennies, a minority in our financial system, are important . Even though not many think it, but a penny can really help you especially in tight situations. For instance whenever you need to buy lunch and it costs more then you had estimated, and there are many other reasons like buying gas, or shopping at your local 99 cents shop.

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  209. Nathan Kirkpatrick

    SNo I dont think so , because if they get rid of the pennys hold up , now if you go to the store and the total is $1.01 and if they get rid of the penny then you would have to pay 5 cents and then thay wontnhave the 4 cents to give back to you. If you put this comment on the news tomorrow and say “This kid from Athens Middle School can you please put this on here .”

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  210. mason hillabrandt

    I think the Penny should be not be taken away because the penny adds up and if you take it away fr us some of us us citizens might not save change for college if we want to go

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    1. mason hillabrandt

      I think the Penny should not be taken away because the Penny adds up and some of us u.s citizens save change for college and if you take it away, some of us might not save for colleg if we want to go

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  211. Alexis Daughenbaugh

    I think we should keep the penny because without it prices would raise and because that lucky little piece of copper has been with America for many years.

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  212. Maggie

    I think we should not have pennies. When they make pennies they have to pay. And who uses pennies anyway or worse collects if you collect or keep pennies its like having more responsibility and you will have a lot of pennies because 300 pennies = $3.00, that’s a lot

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  213. Alese

    We should keep the pennies so what if it doesn’t cost anything that doesn’t mean to throw them away its a wast of copper and other things that pennies are made out of and its a wast of time that the peoplez that are making them so I think we keep the pennies and use them are something else then to throw them away and prices might go up without the pennies

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  214. Dominique

    I think we should the penny because of dues and taxes what if we ever need a penny and the U.S. got rid of them what will we do then. What if we need a penny for the store or school. So i think the penny is very important to our society.

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  215. Mark

    Pennies are a part of History. We Need Them. Any money we get rid of by stoping the penny, is money we might need later.

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  216. seth woodwyk

    we should get rid of the penny! yes all prices would increase for items.. but has anyone considered that employers would have to round up when paying their employees?

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  217. Jermaine Jackson

    I think that penny’s should stay, because if you think about it money is money no matter what’s the cost.

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  218. Grace Sun

    The United States should not get rid of the penny because all prices would be rounded up. With the penny, we can be more precise. My suggestion would be to make the penny differently to save money.

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  219. Dannielle-Chesler

    The penny is something that we should need in the united states, even though it costs more then it is worth, it keeps prices and down and us able to keep all the change we get.

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  220. Ayden Murphy

    I believe that we should stop making the penny and round up to save ourselves from another government shut down, and this time for more than a week or two a lot more due to lack of money that goes to the manufacturing of money.

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  221. Jameria Geiger

    I think NOT pennies are money too! Why get rid of it what if this world was to lose all change except a penny we would have no choice but to save up pennies to gain higher change.

    Thanks Maggie R. for seeing the inside of pennies

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  222. Vicky Chung

    Why should we? Pennies are essential to this government. The penny is a huge symbol to the US. If we get rid of the penny, we are throwing away a coin with a valuable history and value. Next thing you know, they will get rid of the nickel.

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  223. eunice-perez

    think they should have penny because if we do change them all the store have to change all the prices and then they have to get all the 1 dollar and some people might want to keep them and i hope they don’t get of them and it will be all crazy and well i really hope they don’t get don’t take them out.

    by: Eunice Perez

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  224. Caleb shay

    I think that if the u.s gets rid of the penny the pricing system will have to change the pricing system within the retail world

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  225. Julia

    Save the pennies!!!!!! Save them please!!!! What would we do without them? If there were no pennies, every time we spend $50, we would be spending 6 more dollars than needed. Think about that, penny destroyers!!!!

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  226. Kyra Hamilton

    The prices will go up . They will change tax rates and a lot of things. If they went to 2 cents what would you do with the old.

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  227. Lucia-Torres

    Taking away pennies is like steeling money from a homeless !!
    I discussed it with my friend in school and he said take it away but I said in my mind they should not take pennies away

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  228. Taylor Miller

    Yes because we hardly even use them any way. You can’t even put it in a vending machine and most stores get stocked up on too many pennies. It also. Costs more to make them.

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  229. Alyssa

    If you think we should get rid of pennies your just crazy because pennies are awesome and if you think that pennies are useless than you are wrong because pennies help us alot

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  230. Gavin McGarvey

    Yes, I believe that a penny worth 2 to make is basically just losing one penny to the payers and the bill collectors as well as President Obama just losing money by making one single penny ~~~~~~This is what I think about losing or keeping a penny

    ~~Gavin Mcgarvey

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  231. Jermaine Jackson

    I think the penny should stay because money is money no matter what the cost is. And lets not forget that the penny is also a piece of history.

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  232. Alyssa

    I think we should not get rid of pennies cause there more valuable than you think. PENNIES ROCK !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  233. Hannah-MIddleton

    I don’t think you should get rid of the penny because if you do, then the prices will round up. And the U.S. is already tight for money. My S.S. teacher says that the store could round down on prices if we get rid of the penny, but what store would do that? If you could gain more money than you did before, wouldn’t you take that offer? Keeping the penny could be the divider or some people losing more money than they need to. Also, if people think pennies are so useless, then give them to people who need them. There are plenty of adults, children, families, and animals that could use the money and a penny could be the difference between saving a life, and losing one.

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  234. Emily Dodds

    I think the U.S. Government should stop making the penny because it costs more to make than it’s worth, and our government needs the extra money. Even though it will raise prices of the things we buy, that will help our country in the long run.

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  235. Andy

    i think that they should keep penny’s because they are good luck for one and that they could add up to be a lot in your pocket.

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  236. Katlyn

    I think we should keep the penny because if something cost $3.95 and you only have $3.93. you would have to give the cashier a Nickel or a dime and that is cents wasted and over spent.

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  237. Madeleine

    I don’t think the government should get rid of the penny because you’ll need that extra cent when you have a small cost with an uneven number. You also cant just suddenly make a dollar appear, you might need that extra cent to finish your savings.

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  238. Andy Smith

    No, that would be ridiculous. It would just cause us to pay a penny more for so many different things! And when you think about it, if we only use nickels, only 5 purchases that are rounded up by only a cent, would get another nickel! Just make us in even more poverty. . .

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  239. Ashley

    Why the penny? everything about the penny is awesome!!!!!! The name, color, and amount. Live wouldn’t be the same without the penny.

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  240. Laura L.

    I think NO because money is high enough and pennies dimes nickles quarters, when I say this I think of math and numbers no pennies then what would money be!

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  241. Breee-M

    The U.S should get rid of pennies because they are just a waste of time making.Why make something thats not really worthy when u can make a new creation much valuable? ..

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  242. Tika B

    pennies shouldn`t be “kicked out of the money family!” it is a part of Benjamin Franklin`s inventions and we should respect it, after all he did invent electricity!

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  243. Nyquan -Wilson

    Yes i think we should keep them, so we could use them. Really if you save them with your other coins like quarters, dimes, nickles ans etc. you could make a lot.

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  244. Charles Bunting

    No we should not get rid of the penny because the prices for food and other important items would go up and if it did we could probably not afford the important items we need.

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  245. gage

    no because people who work hard for there money don’t need to just round up to 5 cents because then they might have to work two jobs they should just find something new to make the penny out of

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  246. nicole-Neal

    “Keep pennys” because, when you sell a penny its going to be worth a lot more then then how much it is now.

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  247. gage

    no because people who work hard for there money don’t need to just round up to 5 cents because then they might have to work two jobs when you add it up it would be a lot of money they should just find something new to make the penny out of

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  248. Kyle

    16, CO. Money is being spent to create pennies while people see them as pointless and having no value. So why keep them?

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  249. leann -leggett

    I think they shouldn’t get rid of the pennies, because if they round items at the store up parents, or any person wont like that, because they are just spending more money, and some people don’t have a lot of money.

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  250. Egla-Hasey

    Yes, we should eliminate pennies, because it will saves money. The penny is practically useless. It costs more to make a penny than a penny is even worth. Nothing bad will come of it, except the government will save money.

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  251. John

    The penny should be kept because its a part of American heritage just like baseball and apple pie, and Americans should take pride in their heritage. Age 13 from Ky.

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  252. Noah

    I believe that we should keep the penny because our nation has enough money problems and getting rid of the penny could cause a rise in prices.

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  253. CJ Clifton

    I think that the penny should not be rejected instead accepted, and if not the prices would rise, or someone who paid $1.24 for something and it was $1.25 they would not get correct change.
    -C.J. Clifton ( Nichols-Lawson Middle School)

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  254. Seth Clifton

    My opinion is that pennies should not be done away with. Pennies are a piece of American history. Although a penny may seem small and insignificant it may help you in the long run. Why do away with something you as an American lose money over.
    -Seth Clifton (Nichols Lawson Middle School)

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  255. Zach-Simmonds

    I think that we should not stop making the penny because if it were to stop being made, some prices may have to round up to make that price higher.

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  256. Monet Heidemann

    I think you should keep the penny because if they stop making pennies how will we get less change then 5 cents cause if your change is 4 cents you cant get the change.

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  257. adalia-pabon

    This is like taking a piece of history away. Abraham Lincoln had a impact on us and made it into history so why destroy history? That’s like throwing away memories.

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  258. Amber

    I don’t think that we should get rid of the penny not only because of how long it’s been around because of the economy I don’t know about you but I would rather keep the penny than have grocery prices go up.:)

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  259. Saba Asgari

    The penny should be kept because without it the prices go up which overtime makes it difficult for consumers to afford.

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  260. KonjiEdwards

    I don’t think we should get rid of pennies because if any thing you girls and boys, grownups can make change.
    Im gonna tell you people why I think they should keep it because I use a lot of pennies to get my sisters and me some food.

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  261. Tran Cao Anh

    I think removing pennies is not a good idea. For example some price is at $5.50, and then if there’s no pennies, it gonna be round up to $10. That makes civilization Need to use more money to buy that product.

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  262. Pauline-Saylor

    I dont think the U.S should get arid of the penny because people could have about 10 dollars in penny’s, wich they could get a lot of things with it.

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  263. Brinn Crandall

    I think that the United States should keep the penny because we would actually lose money instead of make money because all of the prices on EVERYTHING would go up.

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  264. Ms. Neal's awesome class

    We really liked talking about this. Here is what our poll told us:
    11 said -get rid of the penny!
    14 said- keep it! We like pennies!

    Why? We want to keep it because if you get rid of the penny, it will cause inflammation. We also like Abe. Maybe we could just change what we make it with, so that it’s cheaper.

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  265. Ian

    The only thing that is making us debate the value of a penny is the price it takes to make them. There are tons of pennys in circulation. Why continue to make them? If the US could limit the production there would not be a problem. Pennys are vital to US currency and as a middle class citizen I personally can’t afford to round up. Sure maybe on one item. But if I went grocery shopping and every item is rounded up to the nickel I would be out of pocket a substantial amount of money that I would still have if the penny still existed.

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  266. Billy Greg

    Yes, Because I dropped a penny in a sewer and it was my lucky penny so get rid of the penny. JK I love u penny!!!!!!! :)

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  267. Bella

    The U.S. should get rid of pennies. It makes no sense to keep them around. You could make $1,000,000 in pennies but it would cost $200,000,000 to make them.

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  268. Pugsley Adams

    Keep The Penny!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  269. Dustin P.

    The penny shouldn’t be forgotten. The penny has history on the front of it. This ,to me, is enough to keep the penny.

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  270. Neil

    If it takes over two cents to make the penny why not just make it worth 3 so we wouldn’t have to round up to five only three or make it just two cents but that would still be loosing some money but I say we should keep the penny

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  271. Tamara Scruggs

    i dont think they should get rid of pennies because they apart of American history.
    Also its got one the best presidents we’ve ever had the 16th (Abraham Lincoln)
    :-D <3

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  272. Rhiannon Salamone

    Yes, I think they should. Prices could either go up or down, but with tax at 0.07, it might go down to 5 or something. I also stopped believing in penny luck a long time ago, and pennies take forever to add up. So, yes, I hope we do get rid of the pennies.

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  273. Alida Flores

    I think they should NOT get rid of the penny. It has some sentimental value to the U.S. We have had the penny in the U.S for a long time and believe it or not some people would miss that pretty little penny.

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  274. Sarah

    I think we should keep the pennies cause like what you guys said stuff will be alot more to pay and some families can barely even pay for stuff right now.

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  275. Ali-QAWASMEI

    No because penny’s are money to if they stop making it prices will go up if you see a penny on the ground you say that it’s just a penny you do not it but 1000 pennies is a roll
    Doller

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  276. Casey

    Since the penny costs more to make then what the actual sale price is, it should be taken out of the system completely rather then putting us more in debt. Even the smallest thing can make a difference.

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  277. Kayla

    I can see both opinions. I can see that people say if you throw they penny away, it will cause prices to sky rocket. I also see that the penny is not much of a big deal. I have to weigh more to the side of keep the penny.

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  278. kailee -Phillips

    I think they should keep Penny’s. My grandmother said that when you give back glass coke bottles you would gets a couple pennies back and you would buy cent pennies. That’s pretty awesome.

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  279. samantha-castro

    No I do not think that the government should get rid of pennies only because some people save them and have money. Other people see pennies as nothing and they think that there worthless well,there not really because poor people or people that are struggling save pennies witch is not a bad idea because if you save up alot of pennies you can exchange them in to bills by going to a store or some where and you will get bills for pennies and if u have a 100 pennies u will get a $1 and at least u will have some thing to feed on.

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  280. Penny Pincher

    If the Goverment stopped pennies we would have to go to the nickle and a nickle cost 9.5 cents to make. So making more nickles would cause the mint to lose money, about 10$ million a year!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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