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February 21, 2013


Redskins Forever!

To be or not to be … That is the question.

Yes, we should be Redskins.

As a 1957 graduate of Cooperstown Central School, and a participant in several varsity sports programs, I am very proud to be called a “Cooperstown Redskin,” and will be forever.

I am also proud to say that I was honored to be one of the “Bursey Boys” who labored under the coaching expertise of Lester G. “Red” Bursey. Red did more for this school and the town during his 46 years as a coach and athletic director than many of the people here know anything about. Not only was he a terrific coach, but he founded the summer playground program, swimming instruction at the gym, founded “The Redskins Booster Club,” worked for the American Red Cross, put on pageants at CCS, wrote “The American Indian” and did other endeavors too numerous to mention. He was proud of his “Redskins,” and his heritage was American Indian.

Because we live in small-town America, does not mean that we are not aware of the views of the nation on racial and political-correctness issues. However, in some cases there are factions that apparently want to create confrontation issues for the sake of creating an issue. How many times have our opponents ever said, “We’re not playing Cooperstown High because they are called Redskins?” None, to my knowledge and my guess is there won’t be, either. Not once during my years in Cooperstown have I ever heard anyone make a disparaging or offensive statement or racial slur relative to the word “Redskin.”

Apparently, when the majority of the Iroquois Nation informs us that they are against using the name “Redskins,” then we should consider a name change.

Until then, Cooperstown Redskins!

John Famulare

Fly Creek

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