Letters to the editor on Washington Redskins, WSU football, YMCA age limits, Kansas economy, law enforcement thanks

10/25/2013 12:00 AM

10/24/2013 7:41 PM

Word ‘redskin’ has evolved into honor

I think the Washington Redskins should not change their name. Mascot names are selected on the basis of bravery, courage and strength. You do not hear of butterflies, skunks or sparrows being selected as a name to represent a team. Why? Because they wouldn’t command honor and respect from their opponents.

You hear of Trojans, Titans and Vikings. These are legends – fierce warriors who struck fear in the hearts of their opponents and commanded honor and respect.

If words evolve, as Charles Krauthammer claims (Oct. 19 Opinion) – and he is right – I think the word “redskin” has evolved from being a slur in the 1800s to being a word of honor and respect for the American Indians’ bravery, courage and strength. They are a legend.

Long live the Redskins.



Change team name

If you ask just about any Native American whether “redskin” is offensive, you probably would get a resounding “yes.” On that note, without a doubt the NFL’s Washington Redskins team should change its name. What may not seem racist or offensive to some people can seem so to others.

Black people and white people would not stand for teams with racist names such as the “Blackskins” or the “Whiteskins.” We should all understand why Native Americans are upset by the name.

Redskins owner Dan Snyder, maybe unbeknownst to him, bought a team with a hurtful and offensive name. That doesn’t mean he can’t change it now.



WSU needs football

In 1963, Wichita University had 6,663 students when it became Wichita State University. In 1986, when WSU football was discontinued, enrollment was 16,843. Current enrollment is 14,550. In 2010, 81 percent of WSU students voted to bring back football and pay $100 per semester to support it.

WSU president John Bardo has ignored all these facts. Instead, he is spending $700,000 to recruit new students to WSU. He would not have to spend money to recruit students to WSU if he brought back football.



Age limit too low

The Greater Wichita YMCA has an unreasonable age limit for the machines. For the treadmills, the age is 16. You can get your permit before then, so you’re trusted with a car but not a treadmill. That is very unreasonable.

The people on my seventh-grade cross country team want to keep running all year to get better for next season. But they can’t because they’re only 12, and during winter we can’t run in coats.

And the other machines are for ages 13 and older. I say the age limit on both kinds of machines should drop to 12.



Great section

I want to send along my compliments to those who put together the Varsity Kansas football section that appears in Saturday’s Eagle. The coverage and the photographs are really wonderful. The photos in the most recent issue showed all aspects of the game, from cheerleaders and parents on senior night to the football players’ emotional expressions.



Where are the jobs?

While sitting in the waiting room in the hospital looking for something to do, I picked up a Rolling Stone magazine from June. Inside I saw a picture of Gov. Sam Brownback and an article headlined, “Rogue State: How Far-Right Fanatics Hijacked Kansas – gun nuts, anti-abortion zealots and free-market cultists are leading the state to the brink of disaster.”

Later, reading the Sept. 27 Eagle, I saw an article from the Associated Press citing a Wichita State University Center for Economic Development and Business Research report that the Kansas economy is growing at a slower rate than the nation’s economy overall. The researchers anticipate much of the same next year.

Where are the jobs that Brownback gave businesses tax breaks for? Is this what the conservative right voted for? That’s a scary thought. I suppose my property taxes will eventually go up.



Thanks to officers

During this Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the Wichita/Sedgwick County Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Coalition joins the Wichita State University School of Community Affairs and Criminal Justice Student Association in extending well-deserved appreciation to law enforcement professionals for their efforts to end domestic violence.

Violence in homes and relationships has long-term impacts on individuals and families, particularly children. Attempts to reduce this devastation often begin with a call for law enforcement assistance.

While you may not see or know of it, many community agencies follow up your efforts by providing services to victims and perpetrators of domestic violence.

Remember, as you intervene and make decisions in these situations, “We’ve got your back.” Thanks for all you do.



Wichita/Sedgwick County Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Coalition


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