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Reparations, no

I’m not surprised to see the topic of reparations for slavery entering the news again. It seems to become prominent every now and then.

There’s no doubt that people who were held in slavery should have been paid for their work — as well as for their stolen freedom. I wish we could go back in time and make some provisions for them.

But Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is right when he says, “I don’t think reparations for something that happened 150 years ago for whom none of us currently living are responsible is a good idea.” The logistics alone — deciding who should be paid and how much — and by whom (the government, I presume, which means taxpayers) — make it an impossible task. It’s an injustice, but one that we can’t really fix.

That’s not to say that McConnell is a font of wisdom. “We’ve tried to deal with our original sin of slavery by fighting a civil war, by passing landmark civil rights legislation. We elected an African American president,” he said — despite opposing that African American president at every turn. His “we” is dubious.

But I don’t see any way to make reparations without infringing on people who had nothing to do with America’s original sin, and that’s just not fair.

On the other hand, if reparations consisted of investing more money in education in poor black communities — well, that’s something we should be doing anyway.

Justin Wozniak

Winston-Salem

North Africa

Not to take anything away from D-Day, but in case the youngsters now don’t know about it, I’d like to mention the North African campaign during World War II.

I thought we’d never get out of there. The battles we fought seemed never-ending.

The Italy landing wasn’t a walk in the park, either. Just a reminder that it wasn’t all D-Day and the South Pacific.

I’m grateful for all who served.

Susan Rudd

Winston-Salem

It’s very simple

“It’s very simple, there was no collusion,” President Trump told George Stephanopoulos during the ABC News interview aired on June 16. “Therefore, it’s a set-up.”

So he starts with an unproved assertion, then works backward to an equally unproved but self-serving conclusion. And they say Trump is a dumb man.

Look, it’s very simple: Trump and people from his campaign had contacts with the Russians, then lied about it. Repeatedly. In the meantime, Russia took many steps to influence the election. That requires an investigation. It doesn’t matter that the object of the investigation is Trump — if Hillary Clinton and her campaign, or Bernie Sanders and his campaign, or anyone else, had been in that situation, an investigation would be required. No set-up necessary. It’s very simple.

And if anyone being investigated tried to obstruct or end it, that would be wrong.

All of that is very simple.

But Trump and his followers can’t accept the fact that maybe their great white hope, with no experience in politics and a history of “making deals,” could have done something wrong, even by accident, even because his childish personality carried him away. So they have to invent a conspiracy. It’s very simple.

And if evidence of guilt is established, Trump needs to be impeached. It’s very simple.

Reggie Branson

Winston-Salem

Reading the report

Reading the Muller report, it becomes clear that President Trump was planning to build a Trump Tower in Moscow and had his representatives spending a great deal of effort to arrange a deal. In the meantime, while campaigning, he was insisting that he had “nothing to do” with Russia.

Never mind the other implications of the Mueller report — the enthusiasm about Russian campaign assistance, the obstruction of justice — why isn’t that enough to impeach Trump? He lied to the American people, including all of his supporters, about a multi-million dollar business deal that was more important to him than his campaign for president — why isn’t that enough to turn his cult-like followers away from him? Have Americans really become so gullible? Are they really OK with being lied to?

Lonnie Kirkman

Winston-Salem

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