Germans portraying GI's?

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The writer (center, in dark jacket) poses with German citizens portraying American soldiers at a World War II reenactment in Bavaria, Germany, last year.

Reenactments' appeal

I enjoyed reading about the reenactment of a German prison camp at Fort Mifflin ("WWII replayed: History or offense," April 4). I was a prisoner of war in Germany for 51/2 months and plan to visit Fort Mifflin soon. Of course, we have the complainers who object to depicting events with historical accuracy, including SS uniforms adorned with swastikas; I guess they will never go away.

This photo is not of GI's. They were all Germans, and they were reenactors. Their vehicles were authentic WWII equipment.

I was on a tour of POW stalags in Bavaria, Germany, in April 2016, and our tour director contacted this group. They gave me and my family members the royal treatment.

It is interesting how widespread reenacting is, and to think that Germans would reenact as GI's was very surprising.

— Robert L. Thompson, Honeybrook, nanbob1725@aol.com

Nuclear power is risky

Nuclear energy advocates often seek to convince us that by virtue of being "zero-carbon," this energy source is harmless and sustainable ("Pa. needs nuclear plants as part of energy mix," April 4). To the contrary, nuclear energy poses serious risks to human health and safety and exacts a significant toll on our natural resources.

Nuclear energy requires large volumes of water for cooling, which can pollute waterways. It also generates radioactive waste, for which there is no ideal or truly safe storage solution. As with coal and gas generation, individuals most negatively impacted and at risk from nuclear plants are those who live nearby. The environmental-justice and public-health consequences of nuclear energy should not be taken lightly in a state that is home to a nuclear meltdown accident.

Zero-carbon and renewable energy sources, such as wind and solar, and energy efficiency are the safest solutions to powering our economy. They are growing fast because of broad consumer demand. There are also nearly 70,000 Pennsylvania jobs in clean energy and energy efficiency, according to a recent U.S. Department of Energy report. These are the industries we should be investing in for a clean and safe energy future for Pennsylvanians.

— Joseph Otis Minott, executive director and chief counsel, Clean Air Council, Philadelphia, joe_minott@cleanair.org

Let's see Trump tax returns

President Trump should open up his tax returns. Why does it matter? Conflict of interest. Trump has huge, ever-changing businesses that deal with governments and oligarchs. The businesses owe large debts to foreign lenders. They receive pay for services and for use of the Trump name. They are a cash pipeline for potential influence over our executive branch.

The Tax March across the country on April 15 will urge the president to level with the public by releasing his tax returns of the past and while he holds office. We will march in Philadelphia, Harrisburg, Pittsburgh, and other cities. Please join us.

— Ken Myers, chair, Common Cause of Pennsylvania, Elkins Park, krmyers@alum.mit.edu

Bad pol is like a bad penny

Former Pennsylvania House Speaker John Perzel won't have to pay $1 million in restitution for using millions of taxpayer dollars for political purposes ("Perzel won't have to pay restitution," Thursday). After having spent nearly two years in prison, Perzel is out on parole. In the tradition of many former state politicians, he has registered as a lobbyist. I'm sure he will be greeted in Harrisburg with much warmth and enthusiasm. As former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger once observed, "Corrupt politicians make the other 10 percent look bad."

— Roger J. Brown, East Fallowfield, rbrown36@aol.com