I am all in favor of schools being "culturally sensitive" when picking a mascot in the future. But when it comes to changing the team mascot for a school that has had that mascot for 10, 15 or even 50 years? I think that is carrying the sensitivity issue too far. I believe that the public, in general, has carried the political correctness to an extreme and that it is time to call a spade what it is, a shovel.
For future schools, if they wish to use animals as the mascots, I think that is fine. Chiawana Riverhawks, Pasco Bulldogs, Kennewick Lions -- all of those make an excellent mascots. But what if PETA took offense to the use of animals for mascots. What are you going to wind up with. The Pasco Bricks? Kennewick Plastics? Some inanimate object that won't offend anyone. Culturally sensitive? Enough is enough.
-- ED KENNELLY, Richland