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Give Me Liberty, or Give Me Whatever

The U.S. Postal Service has unveiled its new Statue of Liberty stamp. There’s just one problem with the photograph-based stamp: it doesn’t depict the actual statue in New York’s harbor, but rather the half-sized, idealized version of the statue that’s in front of the New York-New York hotel and casino in Las Vegas. A spokesman said the stamps won’t be recalled. “We still love the stamp design and would have selected this photograph anyway,” Roy Betts said, even though postal officials “regret the error” and are “re-examining our processes to prevent this situation from happening in the future.” MGM Resorts International has latched on to the controversy. “Everyone thought the post office was honoring just one great American institution,” said spokesman Gordon Absher, “when in reality they were honoring two: the Statue of Liberty and Las Vegas.” (RC/New York Times) ...One in a place where the American dream was shattered by bad luck and “the house” draining everyone of all of their savings, while the other is a gambling town.
Original Publication Date: 24 April 2011
This story is in True’s book collections, in Volume 17.

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