Published online November 30, 2016

Various recent headlines regarding our nation’s ignoble story of slavery and human bondage temper the Sept. 14 “From PAW’s Pages” feature about the elephants who led the ’44 P-rade. George Hamid Jr. ’40’s note about the market price of “his” elephants suggests something grossly misguided in the approach of all humanity toward neighboring species. I will be scolded for my comment, but a few will see the obvious parallels. We have far to go, if we are allowed ever even to get there.

Rocky Semmes ’79
Alexandria, Va.