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REDSKINS: Skin color not a good basis for team name

The Seahawks are playing the Washington Redskins on Monday Night Football. However, that team is made up not so much of Native Americans as African Americans. If one is to name a team after skin pigmentation perhaps they should be called the Washington Darkies, as in “The Darkies score!” and “First down for the Darkies.”

Now, if this idea sounds racist and appalling, then maybe skin color is not a good basis for naming a team.


SPORTS: Isn’t the Braves’ tomahawk chop offensive?

Re: “Cantwell ties NFL tax-exempt status to Redskins name change” (TNT, 9-117).

Sen. Maria Cantwell has joined the bandwagon regarding a professional sports team name because it’s the politically correct thing to do. I don’t think she has gone far enough though. Or maybe she isn’t a baseball fan.

Has she never watched an Atlanta Braves baseball game where 50,000 or more fans are doing an Indian chant and the “tomahawk chop” against the opposing team?

I guess she believes, and rightly so, that the team name, Braves, is OK. But what about the motion of throwing a tomahawk

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GOP: Even Krauthammer can’t find a silver lining in debacle

For the first time, I find myself in complete agreement with Charles Krauthammer’s opinion (column, 10-18), that the current usage associated with the term “Redskins” has changed and is no longer an appropriate nickname for an NFL football team.

But the real surprise was that Krauthammer avoided any comment on, or reference to, the apparent GOP debacle over the last couple of weeks. I’m surprised because he invariably finds some silver lining in everything, good or bad, Republicans do or say.

Some of the things he says in his columns I would tend to agree with if it were

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SEAHAWKS: Fans disrespectful at cemetery

As a resident of Washington since being moved to Fort Lewis in the early 1990s, I have been happy to call the South Sound home. I have hoped that my local teams would do well and cheered for their victories. But never would I have expected fans from what I now call my home state to be disrespectful.

I am visiting the East Coast and on Saturday brought my family to the most solemn of places, Arlington National Cemetery. There I witnessed something that made me ashamed. While others held silence respectfully, four individuals chanted, “Seahawks! Seahawks! Seahawks!”

When I

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