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June 21, 2014 at 7:00 AM

Redskins controversy: Seattle Times sports readers sound off

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Small step better
than no step at all

The step you and The Seattle Times have taken (“Why we’re banning Redskins in The Seattle Times,” Take 2, Thursday) is small and symbolic. It doesn’t undo what Native Americans have experienced over the years, but it’s better than no step at all.

— Chris Ode, Shoreline

Hypocritical uproar;
what about Braves?

The uproar over the name of the Washington name is so hippocritical. How is it that the name or visual of a tomahawk doesn’t generate the same offensive reaction as Redskins? Webster defines a tomahawk as “to attack, wound, or kill with an ax”.

The Atlanta Braves have an admirable name. But when their logo is a “tomahawk” and their fans make arm motions as if to signify killing with a weapon, I ask, “How is that more politically correct than being called out on the color of your skin?”

— Tish Gregory, Renton

On the wrong
side of history

Daniel Snyder, owner of Washington’s NFL team is wasting a golden opportunity to make the change and garner some goodwill for his franchise. He should enlist leaders of the various local tribes — Susqueahannok, Nanticoke, and others — to come up with a name that would keep the essence of the team spirit while doing a real justice to the Native Americans of the area. Let the public vote from a list of approved names.

Snyder in on the wrong side of history on this one. The team name will change one way or another. He shouldn’t let his ego get in the way of doing what is right.

— Terence Rucker, Kent

Contrary opinions
are not allowed

The Times is offended by an NFL team name, and since they don’t like it, we the reader’s won’t see it. It is not allowed! There is no debate! Contrary opinions are wrong and will not be considered.

Something about this just doesn’t sit well with me.

— Wayne Reynolds, Mill Creek

Good luck being
so darn sensitive

In claiming the sensitive high ground, this is just the beginning. The names Thunderbirds and Seahawks are shameful cultural appropriation. Why favor Huskies and Panthers over Smelt and Slugs? Certainly the community of older women seeking younger men are insulted by Cougars. Don’t use Vikings, to avoid traumatizing the progeny of those they conquered. The Indians, Padres, Braves? All history. And the Mariners? Best just to call them That Team at Safeco Field.

It’s going to be a lot of work to be inoffensive, respectful, supportive, inclusive and non-judgmental all around.

— Michael Delo, Bellevue

Treating people
with dignity, respect

Thank you for finally making the obvious move to ban this racist name. I am not a Native American, but I am an individual who believes in treating people with dignity and respect. For years, I have abhorred the degrading and insulting name of the Washington team and am delighted to see The Seattle Times finally decide to do away with such disparaging language.

Congratulations on a wise and respectful decision!

— Karen Kral, Shoreline

Mariners

Sharp idea to
improve hitting

There are two things I hate about the Mariners and that keep me from coming out to the ballpark. One, the anemic hitting. Two, the scruffy, ugly-looking beards so many of the players contemptuously sport.

So, Mariners management, here’s a policy change that solves at least one of my problems: No beard unless you’re a .300 hitter. Beards have to be earned. You want to look like a bum? Fine, but learn how to hit first.

— Jeff Weiser, Redmond

World Cup

Hardly a level
playing field

The USA, the epitome of fair play and level playing fields, boisterously showcased that ethos as the No. 3 most populous country (318 million) vs. No. 45 with (24 million), compounded by a huge wealth disparity. Next up, watch out Tuvalu (pop. 11,323).

— Gregg Teslovich, Seattle

Surprised, thankful
for coverage so far

Thank you for the coverage thus far of the World Cup. I’ve been surprised, but happy, to see the headlines on Page 1 in the sports section of the biggest sporting event in the world.

Keep it up!

— Dan Lewis, Shoreline

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