We had sellers who may or may not have owned the island they were selling. We had buyers who may already have owned the island they were buying. The real point is, we had willing sellers and buyers in the 1815 transfer of Grand Island from the Senecas. Only an outdated legal concept may once again require us to pay off for the alleged offenses of men who have been dead for 100 years or more.
If we go back enough generations, we will find that we have all been the victims of oppression, abuse or lost wars. Who will compensate us for putting old wrongs behind us and becoming self-supporting, taxpaying Americans?
How far back shall we go in making things right? Asians and Africans did terrible things in Europe a few hundred years ago. Today's Asians and Africans are totally innocent of that barbarity. But now that we have the World Court, let's sue for compensation and spend millions on litigation. It's the American way.
Douglas L. Townley Buffalo