From: almitt <almitt_at_meteoritecentral.com>
Date: Thu Apr 22 10:32:56 2004
Message-ID: <4069F633.CEC7AA04_at_kconline.com>

Hi Rob and all,

Rob Wesel wrote:

This is where we all need to get nervous that the horrible scientists will to put a
ban private collection....and can you blame them in a case like this?

I can't speak for the rest of the world but in the USA scientists get their money from
public tax dollars. No one has a right to ban meteorite collecting nor should
collectors keep from science important specimens that might yield new information. We
SHOULD compliment each other and work together. I am very much bothered that anyone
would think that the scientific community has any right to even try to ban collecting.

Until the Sahara finds most of the material was controlled, owned by the scientific
community. Only about 5% at most was in the hands of private individuals. In a free
society you should be able to collect. In an un-free society you can not or wouldn't
be permitted.

It is because there are more people out there trying to find meteorites, preserve them
that science has so many new stones to research. Not to mention that we provide tax
dollars for them to do so and I hope they are grateful to be our public servants. All
my best!

--AL Mitterling
Received on Tue 30 Mar 2004 05:35:31 PM PST

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