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March 14, 2013

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No need to be demeaning

There is little doubt that the debate over the recent decision to not continue the use of the nickname “Redskins” at CCS has been heated. And while it is not surprising that there are strong feelings on both sides of the issue, it would seem unfortunate that there appears to have been those on both sides of the issue who have felt the need to demean those with whom they do not agree. But even more troubling are those, like the writer of the letter to the editor, entitled “Time for change” which appeared in last week’s paper, who seem to think it appropriate to judge decisions made in the early 20th century by values of the early 21st century. To say, as the writer did, “We can no longer hide behind the unknowing thoughtlessness of earlier generations” exemplifies “thoughtlessness” at its best. Does the writer not understand that there are families who have been here in the Cooperstown area for generations, the very generations which the writer has so casually labeled as being “unknowing” and “thoughtless?”

It is indeed unfortunate that the writer cannot make the case for change, with which we tend to agree, without denigrating others. Doing so would not only seem to weaken the argument for change, but also to strengthen the resolve of those who oppose the change. And for those with deep roots in the area, it is not only hurtful, but also exhibits a complete lack of understanding of local history, to have such things said about their families.

Catherine Lake Ellsworth

Cooperstown

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