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Letter: Money wasted on collecting tanks could have helped countless people

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Posted: Wednesday, July 23, 2014 12:00 am

The recent story in the Lodi News-Sentinel, “So you want to own a tank,” July 11, regarding 80 military tanks that were collected by Jacques Littlefield and that are scheduled to be sold at auction for a potential $10 million, really set me to thinking!

Why would anyone have invested such a sum in World War II relics when those same funds could have meant the difference between life and death for untold numbers of people suffering with various diseases and physical maladies all over the world? Or it could have fed thousands of starving people.

What will Mr. Littlefield say to Jesus who asked, “What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul?” (Mark 8:36). Perhaps it’s something we’d all be wise to consider!

Greg Myers


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  • Bob Weisenberg posted at 12:58 pm on Wed, Jul 23, 2014.

    whtmtns Posts: 5

    Mr. Myers,

    I knew Mr. Littlefield. I briefly worked with him in the mid 90's at his complex in Portola Valley. He died in 2009 at the age of 59. He and his family had many passions and contributed to many causes other than the preservation of historic military vehicles. His family was a S.F. Opera patron donating $35 million...which at the time was the largest, no strings attached donation to a US opera company. Additionally he served on various boards including the General George Patton Museum, the Cate School, the Coyote Point Museum for Environmental Education, the Hoover Institution, the California Academy of Sciences, and the Filoli Center.

    I'm quite sure whoever greeted Mr. Littlefield on the other side would be very impressed with his life's work in a very short 59 years.

    Bob Weisenberg/Woodbridge

  • Ed Walters posted at 12:29 pm on Wed, Jul 23, 2014.

    the old dog Posts: 580

    Myers, since you have no idea what Littlefields plan is, perhaps he will do what you have suggested, but then maybe not. I rather doubt that Littlefield is a rich man, or might be when the sale goes through, it belongs to him and is his decision to make. People collect items ranging from a ring to, well to a tank, as long as it`s legal quit your whining. As far as some passage from the Bible, I really do not believe it apply s to this item. Perhaps a movie star or another million aire will contribute to your cause. What would Jesus do, let him drive the tank. [smile]


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