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Letter: ‘Redskins’ name least of nation’s worries

Published: Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014 5:30 a.m. CST

To the Editor:

Record national debt. High unemployment. A sluggish economy. The Affordable Care Act and it’s failures. Millions of illegal immigrants needing to be deported. Terrorism, both within our borders and across the globe. Syria. Iran. N. Korea. China. Al-Qaeda.

Do any of these subjects ring a bell with you? They all seem pretty important to me.  Separate from the political argument for a moment and just focus on the subjects themselves. When is the last time you read/heard the news and it didn’t include at least one of those items.  Pretty much impossible to do, isn’t it?

And what subject has taken an apparent more-important role by our federal representatives? Football. Yep, that’s right. That is not a typo. I mean football.

Why? The Washington Redskins name. The Redskins have been contacted by our government in an attempt to persuade, if not order, them to change their name. A business, owned by an individual, is being told to change their name because, in their opinion, it is “offensive”. 

What is “offensive” is that our government is even approaching this subject. We have numerous, far more important issues that need attention. Not to mention, this team does not “represent” our government – it is a football team! Even the majority of the group assumed to be offended have stated that not only are they not offended, they never really paid attention or cared anyway.

So, what governmental agenda are we having to deal with now? The Illinois football team was attacked for their representation of a Native American. Florida State has been attacked for their representative as well. It is getting ridiculous. In my opinion, as I suggested when our own Sen. Durbin decided to drift from real topics of concern and dive into a football issue, these types of representatives need to lose their jobs.  They apparently cannot identify real issues, so they feel the need to make them up.  

I support Redskins owner Daniel Snyder, and I not only hope, but pray, that he will stand up to government bullying and make it clear that he will not change the name.

And as for what I find offensive, being a lifelong Bears fan, I think being a “Green Bay Packer” should be against the law or at least moved to a different division! 

Earl Gable

Sycamore

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