I humbly ask for your vote on Tuesday, March 19, for trustee for the village of Cooperstown.
Joan M. Nicols
Keeping Redskins never stood a chance
The deed is done. The Cooperstown Board of Education has voted 6 to 1 to “retire” the Redskins, a name that has been here for nearly 100 years, according to some records. I applaud Tony Scalici, the only board member who looked beyond the political correctness of the issue. His statement (which I quote) says it perfectly: That “… any and all of the evidence is that the Cooperstown people past, present and the future never gave or would project any meaning other than endearment and pride for the use of Redskins.”
As with other controversial decisions, we will survive and move on with grace and resilience. My concern is for the many students, which includes my children and grandchildren, who have worn the Redskin uniform with such excitement and pride. The board’s action has taken this away from them and replaced it with the feeling of underserved shame. Most of all I am distressed by the method used to make this move. It has left a belief that those of use who did not see the need for this action never stood a chance — the die was cast, as it were. It is unfortunate and rather insensitive that the vote to remove the name had to be taken three days before the girls’ basketball team plays (without a name) in the Regional game. Our understanding was that no action would be taken quickly.
When does all of this end? How many generations will be called on to “pay for” what happened hundreds of years ago. In closing, I urge the board to take a more democratic approach in the process of adopting a new name.