November 30, 2013 at 7:06 AM
Redskins should be given a free pass
The push to eliminate the Redskins as a sports team name is overreach [“D.C. football team name offends Native Americans,” Opinion, Nov. 28].
What’s next? Is the term Fighting Irish too reminiscent of saloon brawling, in which Irish often figured prominently; is the name Vikings overplaying a dark era of long-ship violence that’s long gone; or maybe Indians should be next, arguably also seen as a demeaning stereotype in this context.
Political correctness has become a game of empowering the private rage of a few, no matter what the cost. Maybe, the world’s real issues and problems are so daunting there’s a need to invent new ones out of pain or frustration. But that effort is misguided.
Studies show that redskin is not used in a racist or disparaging way in today’s world, and hasn’t been for generations. Certainly, sports team names were not given in that spirit and should not be targeted.
November 27, 2013 at 6:28 AM
There are more important things to spend money on
The Sunday front page lead story “Big-time coaches score big-time perks” was very enlightening and quite disgusting at the same time [“Big-time coaches score big-time perks,” page one, Nov. 24].
It is yet another example of overfeeding at the public trough. I salute The Times and its reporters for exposing this largesse. Our daughter will be going to law school this coming fall of 2014 and is looking forward to graduating in three years, with about $90,000 of debt. I have to wonder what the cost of tuition and books would be if the millions of dollars were not spent on maintaining a football team for the chosen few who participate in or enjoy being a dedicated fan.
September 16, 2013 at 6:58 PM
Violence is unacceptable
I am writing in regard to the Seattle Police Department’s decision to send undercover officers dressed as 49er fans to CenturyLink Field. [“Undercover fans on duty,” page one, Sept. 13.]
If you and I board a city bus, and I decide for my own reasons to approach you aggressively and threaten you with bodily harm, I have committed a crime. This reality does not change because I have purchased a ticket to the Seahawks game, or any other sporting venue.
There is no social contract, and definitely no legal one which excuses this behavior. Yet on a local radio station which broadcasts the Seahawks games, I listened to a caller who identified himself as a season ticket holder. He claimed that his financial investment in the Seahawks gave him the right to make any visiting fan from another team feel physically afraid if they chose to wear their team colors into our stadium.
More disturbing than this idiot’s rationale was the host’s response: “I got no problem with that.”
How much lower are we going to drop the bar? When does the grotesque spectacle of Roman gladiators become a reality we saw coming and decided to ignore?
David Arntuffus, Shoreline
September 2, 2013 at 6:36 PM
This may be silly, but who told The Seattle Times they should call the University of Washington’s Huskies “dawgs”? [“Dawggone it: Stadium blocked till Saturday,” page one, Aug. 27.]
This is neither a colloquial Northwest language usage, nor is it cute.
I object to it on both grounds.
Joanne Daniels, Seattle
August 22, 2013 at 7:02 AM
The Golden Rule
So Chris Hansen backed a public vote on an arena deal for Sacramento? [“Hansen’s Calif. donation may hurt his NBA hopes,” page one, Aug. 17.]
Sounds like a good idea for his proposed new stadium deal here.
Edward Washington, Kirkland
Response is telling
More often than not, incidents like “Hansengate” tell me more about the people reacting to the events than the perpetrator. [“Hansen fans, foes differ over misstep,” page one, Aug. 18.]
[Seattle City Councilmember] Bruce Harrell was quoted saying “we knew this was a business deal and we knew that for Hansen it was a profit-making enterprise. He’s a very likable, very approachable guy, but he did not amass his fortune being a nice guy.”
There is so much wrong with this statement that I don’t know where to begin.
How many times have we heard that the best con artists are the ones who were “just like my son”? This has nothing to do about being nice or playing hardball. It’s about knowingly and systematically breaking the law.
I voted for Harrell — thanks, Seattle, for being ahead of me on this one.
Paul Casey, Seattle
August 20, 2013 at 4:41 PM
Hedging his bets
Why the surprise and disappointment with Chris Hansen’s anonymous contribution to a petition campaign to put Sacramento’s new arena to a vote? [“Hansen fans, foes differ over misstep,” page one, Aug. 18.]
After all, he is a hedge-fund manager. He was just hedging his bets.
David Gacek, Seattle
I am writing about Jerry Brewer’s column this Sunday. [“Sadly, Hansen’s tactics not out of the norm,” Sports, Aug. 18.]
Since when do we exonerate Chris Hansen’s reprehensible behavior simply on the basis that everybody does it?
The last I heard, two wrongs still don’t make a right.
Peggy Scales, Seattle
May 24, 2013 at 8:33 PM
Highlight other high-school talents
Your feature, “Star Times,” began with a reference to “Star Wars.” While I commend The Seattle Times for expanding its coverage to eight teams and more athletes, I question the wisdom of raising only the athletic stars of high school to this level of coverage and recognition, beautiful portraits and all [“Star Times,” Sports, May 21].
There are other stars of high school: the stars of the student paper, yearbook, National Honor Society, theater, band, debate, art, writing, gymnastics, etc. So many of our students shine in their own unique ways and yet, only athletes rise to the top of the citywide pedestal that your paper provides.
You perpetuate the high-school culture that worships the athletic, the popular and the beautiful, while ignoring so many others. Why must the athletes always win the star wars, while the other student stars are relegated to the periphery of your attention?
I encourage The Seattle Times to expand its “Star Times” feature to every aspect of high-school-student life.
Lawrence Dzwonkowski, Seattle
May 24, 2013 at 11:47 AM
Criminals don’t belong on the field
Players who get arrested, are put in jail and/or are given citations for inappropriate behavior do not belong on the team. No second chances [“Carroll calls off-field issues ‘real serious,’” Sports, May 21].
Coach Carroll is not paid to be a father figure for arrogant members of the team. If players to not know what is right and good, then let them go.
Gail Hoover, Redmond
May 23, 2013 at 7:05 AM
Seattleites: Take advantage of other entertainment
I sympathize with the recent loss to Seattle sports fans who had hoped for the return of a basketball team [“Seattle’s NBA hopes rise despite defeat,” page one, May 19]. Having come from Chicago and the heyday of the Bulls, I can relate to the excitement of some pretty great games.
However, I have a solution for the Seattle basketball fans during basketball season. This is, of course, if you don’t already participate in these activities. Go to a play or see a concert. How about a comedy club or some good improv?
Expand your horizons. Seattle has a wide array of excellent entertainment.
Randy Greger, Bothell
May 21, 2013 at 11:37 AM
“This is going to be short for me. I have a game to in Oklahoma City,” David Stern told reporters on Wednesday [“A Stern burn,” Sports, May 16].
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