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February 14, 2013

Our Readers' Opinions

‘Redskins’ should be kept 

Have we forgotten our school’s fathers?

The name Redskins has been used with pride and respect since the 1920s. It has been twisted to make many feel that they are racist and not respectful. A part of my family and many Cooperstown families have been insulted by being considered this way. Our families are the people who pay taxes and are the reason we have Cooperstown Central School. You may wish to continue on with this idea of what I consider a dishonor to them. It has caused many bad feelings in the community that is destructive. We have a burden of too many cost-of-living expenses. This is an unnecessary one that makes us feel we are no longer needed.

Velma Armstrong 



Name change is

right decision 

As an Akwesasne Mohawk whose ancestors called the Cooperstown area our home I extend my congratulations to the students, faculty, administrators and school board members for their decision to retire the Redskins mascot. In no way were our people ever “honored” by the moniker ,which to us was a humiliating symbol of an era when we were deemed savages whose physical and cultural extermination was believed to be an essential part of American expansionism. We came close to fading into history but we battled the odds and are a growing people who demand respect. Our contributions to America have been significant and essential from the natural resources of our ancestral lands to the very democracy which enables your citizens to freely debate this issue. Our offer to the residents of the region, in the light of this courageous decision, is to have a Mohawk delegation come to Cooperstown, meet your civic leaders, lecture to your students and thereby remove the remnant distortions of the past while forging a new appreciation for our common heritage.

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