Small step better than no step at all
The step you and The Seattle Times have taken (“Getting rid of offensive name,” 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
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Hypocritical uproar; what about Braves?
The uproar over the name of the Washington name is so hypocritical. 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 — Susquehannock, 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 is 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 readers 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 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 nonjudgmental 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
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
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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