Subject: Comment on SR-BatsBZX-2016-30
From: John Paslaqua

March 10, 2017

The United States was founded on the concept of freedom -- including the freedom to take risks. Yes, Bitcoin investment is risky, but so is any investment. However, Bitcoin has existed as a viable currency for several years now and has proven to be a useful and groundbreaking technological advancement.

For the good of humanity, and to support the basic notion of freedom upon which this great nation rests, I urge you to approve the Bitcoin ETF and allow people to make their own decisions regarding how they should invest their money. While The SEC certainly is responsible for ensuring the relative safety of investors, I pray your esteemed agency does not choose to stand in the way of progress and risk ending up on the wrong side of history.

Stand with freedom; stand with Bitcoin. Do not fear the future -- embrace it.


John P.

March 10, 2017
New York, New York