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Letters to the editor for May 15

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Why should I pay reparations?

Several candidates for President are discussing reparations to living African-Americans for the terrible institution of slavery.

If reparations were to have been made, they should have been made in 1865-1870 to those who actually suffered under slavery, not to their great-great-great-grandchildren about 154 years later.

My James ancestors back to the mid-1700s, and the families whose daughters married into my James family, were Quakers who abhorred slavery and moved from the South about 1800 to Jefferson County, Ohio, which was to be forever free of slavery. They were active in the “Underground Railroad” which helped escaped slaves reach freedom.

My other ancestors, Czechs who emigrated in 1873 and Danes who emigrated in 1880, were not involved in slavery. Please explain why I should be taxed today to provide reparations for behavior that my ancestors were not involved in and actually opposed.

Lee James, Olympia

Praise for Harlequin’s production of ‘A Doll’s House’

My wife and I saw Harlequin’s production of “A Doll’s House” last night, and I was blown away by both the play itself and by the acting and overall production.

I’ve never read the play and had only a very vague idea about its theme. Wow. Ibsen was way ahead of his time. Powerful. Amazingly modern, considering it was first produced in 1874. I’m now a raging fan of that play, and curious about other things he’s written.

As for Harlequin’s production of it, it was absolutely first class. The acting was as good as any I’ve seen anywhere, including on Broadway and in the best films. I hope this is an indication of what’s to come in the future from Harlequin Productions.

Carl Schroeder, Olympia

Thank you, Gov. Inslee

I was very encouraged when I read about Gov. Inslee’s plans to run the U.S. on clean energy in The Olympian. Finally a politician running for president of the United States is laying out plans to deal with climate change.

Back in the 1980s, Dr. James Hansen, a climatologist with NASA, testified before Congress about the effect on climate by the burning of fossil fuels. In 2006, Al Gore produced the film “An inconvenient Truth” warning about the dangers of burning fossil fuels. But the subject of climate change never came up during the presidential debates. It was as if there was no problem.

Climate change is probably the most difficult problem mankind will ever have to solve in order to preserve life as we know it on Earth. There are some climatic systems that will be very difficult to reverse such as the accelerating melting of Arctic ice and the warming of the oceans. We won’t be able to solve these problems unless we take drastic action. We don’t have any time to lose.

Thank you, Gov. Inslee, for your effort in trying to solve the problem of climate change.

Rodney W. Hanson, Lacey