Let's be reasonable
No. A reasonable person understands that team mascots were selected to honor the past and represent the future in a very positive way. They were selected as a source of pride to represent schools and teams, by providing a unique identity that students and community members could rally around during spirited competition and events. There was no ill intent when selecting mascots and therefore, here should be no reason to change. In fact, I would think that Chief Kamiakin would likely be on the sidelines rooting on the Braves if he were still around. I think he would be proud to know his spirit and the heritage of his people was still going strong.
-- ED YOUNG, Kennewick
Continue the tradition
Let's just allow well-established high schools to continue with their traditions. A professional sport has made this argument before. Will taxpayers have to pay for new uniforms and equipment?
Considering the Atlanta Braves and the Washington Redskins in years past, we have resisted going down that road on a national level.
-- FREDERICK HINGST, Benton City
Promoting the good
It seems to me that people are so busy looking for something that offends them that they overlook the historic and cultural value of the use of names like these in the community. "Bombers" can be used to have more than one meaning and it certainly has meaning for the many people in Richland the contributed to ending WWII. Braves pay homage to the local tribes: to the activities of the native peoples and also is a symbol of steadfastness that is an asset to one's life. So, why discontinue their use as a teams name.
-- ERNIE TODD, Pasco
People are getting too sensitive. Everyone is trying to be politically correct and it's all a pile of dirty rotten papers.
-- EARLEENE PERKINS, College Place
I think today's society is getting so political correct that it is about to shut us down! I went to a high school in Oregon that were the Indians. Both the town and school were named for an Indian tribe and had never had any complaints from the Indians, we had to wait for white politicians to hear a complaint. It seems to me that the paper said that before Kamiakin started that they talked to the Indians and were assured it was OK so why are we so worried now?
It is so silly that our state that is having money problems is now going through all of our laws and taking any trace of human gender out such as penMANship! When will we stop trying to find new things to complain about and try to fix the real problems we have?
-- GENE WALLACE, Richland