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Letters to the Editor 5/17

May 18, 2001

Letters to the Editor 5/17



Hands off our nicknames



To the editor:

Here we go again! Yet another fine example of "victimization." Reading the Wednesday, April 25 edition of The Herald-Mail, I saw an article about Maryland schools being pressured to drop Indian nicknames and mascots.

Although none of these nicknames were demeaning, the Maryland Commission on Indian affairs (shouldn't that be Native American affairs?) still feels that we are offending their way of life by continuing the use of such nicknames.

Maybe they're right. We certainly don't want to hurt anybody's feelings. As a matter of fact, why don't we just start with those Indian-hating Boonsboro Warriors or Waynesboro Indians? How dare they! Just because those nicknames have been part of those schools for decades, that's simply no excuse!

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We must be "politically correct" now. And while we're at it, my animal rights friends would like the following schools to do away with their nicknames too: the Williamsport Wildcats, Smithsburg Leopards and Hancock Panthers, as their nicknames demean the majestic animals they represent! The Clear Spring Blazers demean those brave souls who trailblazed their way westward.

The North Hagerstown Hubs demean the very citizens of Hagerstown itself. And God forbid those racist, slave-owning South Hagerstown Rebels! Sound crazy? It's coming! Folks, no matter what name you use, someone is apt to be offended.

My opinion is unless a name is used to intentionally offend someone, then let it be. As I have stated in the past, we need to shift our focuses from these kind of "follies" to what really matters in life. In today's society, there are few things that someone can't take a certain degree of offense to. What we should really take offense to is when someone wants to take away something that has held a longstanding sense of pride or heritage for people in the name of "political correctness."

Rob Butler

Hagerstown

Neighbors page deserves the credit



To the editor:

In a recent prisoner-Jaycee essay competition, I was blessed to earn the first place write-up plaque.

I mention this because the credit for this plague must go where it is due - to The Herald-Mail and and its Neighbors pages. You see, the subject of the Maryland Jaycee Essay Competition was to say how we could be successful if success is defined as the "sum of small efforts repeated day in and day out."

To answer this I described how small, everyday efforts writing about CAP Jaycee events resulted in a number of articles in various newspapers, including eight positive articles last year in The Herald-Mail.

When my essay was determined to be the Maryland Jaycee Region Five Write-up winner, all I could think was that this was only possible due to the support and assistance of the community editors at The Herald-Mail, who are gracious enough to determine that some articles about the Hagerstown, Frederick and Gaithersburg-Germantown Jaycees merit print.

I am very grateful to Neighbors/Organizations Editor Bob Fleenor for his kind help in getting out the word about the charitable activities of the Jaycees, and I don't think The Herald-Mail gets enough credit for its community service in supporting this forum by which to show appreciation for the kind deeds of others.

For a great job, for supporting the Jaycees, and for helping me do my job last year as public relations director for the CAP Jaycees, I want to say a great thanks!

Douglas Scott Arey

MCIH #130196 A-1-A-20

Hagerstown

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