I'm probably one of the most liberal guys in the Tri-Cities, but I think that the notion of political correctness with respect to the nicknames of sports teams can be carried a little too far. If a sports nickname is not pejorative, leave it alone. Nicknames like "Braves" and "Bombers" are not derogatory and should not be dropped on that account. Pretty soon, "Yankees," "Vikings," "Rebels," and the like will be on the hit list because they reference some identifiable cultural group. Even the Kiona-Benton High School "Bears," (my favorite high school football team) will be under attack by animal-rights activists.
We have bigger problems to absorb our energy folks, like creating affordable public higher education for our kids and ensuring that everyone has access to decent health care. Focus on those issues, and leave the nicknames alone.
-- ERIC NORDLOF, Kennewick