Two days ago I posted a short blurb (“Woe is Me“) about Nigel Swift’s Heritage Action/Journal, and his obsession with a particular detector model. After I uploaded it the following comment was added to his story (by Swiftie himself of course)….
“We believe metal detecting should be legally regulated to ensure best practice and maximum public benefit. The world’s archaeologists agree. We are disinclined to provide a platform for those British detectorists who oppose that aim. Any artefact hunter wishing to comment please clarify you support comprehensive regulation else it won’t be published. Thanks.”
So, if you had any doubt as to the purpose of his blog, or that of his co-conspirator in Warsaw, this should clear things up. They hate detectorists with a passion, and while they use the term “regulate”, they want nothing more than to put us out of business, period!
People like Swiftie and Warsaw Wally hate the fact that we are able to make meaningful discoveries (as in the Staffordshire Hoard), without their help (or meddling if you prefer), and continue to do so. Likewise the PAS gets under their crawl…imagine, a program designed to help the metal detector user declare, record and share his finds, and in the process receive a just and equitable reward.
Woe is me!!
GREAT ARTICLE ABOUT THE DIVA!!
Just finished reading the Searcher article about Allyson Cohen, on her Detecting Diva blog. A great article and I highly recommend you take a few minutes to read it. It’s an insight into what the gals have to deal with when they get involved in the treasure hunting pastime. Congratulations Allyson…!
FRANK LAUTENBERG (January 23, 1924 – June 3, 2013)
Frank Lautenberg, state Senator from New Jersey, passed away early yesterday, at the age of 89….
Back in the mid-80’s when I was involved with the FMDAC I sent letters out to a few congressional members, expressing my concern about a proposed bill that was being considered in a Senate committee (I cannot remember the name of the bill, nor what it covered, but it was detrimental to the pastime). In any case about a week later I received a phone call from Senator Frank Lautenberg (a member of the committee). He had my letter in front of him, and wanted to ask me a few questions. Needless to say I was floored!
We chatted for about fifteen minutes, and he thanked me for my letter, my input and my concerns. He also promised to keep me updated on the progess of this particular bill. About three weeks later I received a letter from his office, telling me that the bill in question was probably not going to leave committee. The letter started with “Dear Dick”, and was signed “Frank”. Shortly thereafter I received a phone call from Senator Lautenberg’s secretary. She wanted me to know that the bill in question was indeed not acted on, and Senator Lautenberg wanted to thank me for my input.
As to the other congressmen I wrote letters to? No response, nothing, nada….
Frank, RIP my friend. You were one of a kind and the real deal!!
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