With the 2020 presidential election looming, it appears the Democratic candidates are trying to one-up their Democratic opponents by giving away more federal money to secure votes. They are considering reparations to descendants of slaves freed after the Civil War, which could be in the form of federal dollars taken from taxes paid by today’s citizens.

Over 200,000 federal troops were killed in the war that freed the slaves. I believe the descendants of families whose loved ones made the supreme sacrifice of their lives to free slaves should be first in line to receive federal reparations if this far-fetched idea comes to fruition.

Douglas D. Lansing

Maiden Rock