Ceremonies traditionally call on Americans to...


June 03, 1994

MEMORIAL DAY ceremonies traditionally call on Americans to remember the sacrifices of those who died in service to their country. But time does heal, and speakers this past Monday at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington also stressed that it's time to let Vietnam become a place again, not just a war. ABC newsman Jack Smith, who was grievously wounded in Vietnam, noted that a recent visit to that country convinced him that the Vietnamese have put the war behind them. Vietnam is a country at peace, he said. It's time we were as well.

Many Americans would agree with that sentiment. But not all. Spotted at the Wall that day was a T-shirt saying, "Vietnam Vet: A war fought by the unwilling, led by the incompetent, for the ungrateful."

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IN THE wake of the announcement that the Minnesota Timberwolves of the National Basketball Association will be moving to New Orleans, we'd like to offer a suggestion:

Let the new New Orleans club call itself "the Jazz." If any sports team is going to have such a silly moniker, it might as well be one that plays in New Orleans.

Meanwhile, the Utah Jazz, the franchise that, in fact, was founded in New Orleans in 1974 and migrated to Salt Lake City five years later, absolutely must adopt a new name.

Having a team called "the Jazz" in Utah makes as much sense as having a team in Los Angeles called . . . "the Lakers." Which, of course, was a franchise that originally played in Minnesota, "The Land of 10,000 Lakes," before moving to L.A.

Now, about that new handle for the Utah club.

"The Fighting Mormons" might work. So might "the Salt Shakers." Or even "the Timberwolves." There must surely be a wolf or two roaming the timbers hard by the Colorado River in southeastern Utah.

Look at it this way: Utah probably has at least as many wolves as it has jazz musicians.

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