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June 24, 2014
I am not a Washington Redskins fan; quite the contrary - I worked there in 1999-2000 and had a very negative experience. Yet what is happening with the protests over the team's name is a disturbing example of what can happen when certain members of the media make a determination and government oversteps its bounds ( "Redskins name controversy heats up with federal cancellation of trademark," June 18). The one issue that nobody wants to raise is that the vast majority of those who are offended by the name are not Native American - the one group that is supposed to be offended.
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NEWS
June 24, 2014
What's going on here? First it's the Internal Revenue Service harassing and intimidating minority political organizations. And now it's the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office trying to act as judge and jury regarding the ongoing debate over the use of the Washington Redskins team name ( "Washington's offensive line," June 20). This is apparently the brave new world of American democracy. Special interest groups now look to resolve any issue in their favor by raising a strident clamor and then look forward expectantly as a federal bureaucracy, obscure or not, resolves everything in their favor.
NEWS
June 23, 2014
The Washington Redskins registered their trademark with the U.S. Patent Office in 1967. From all accounts, there were no complaints. That same office, acting arbitrarily, capriciously and unreasonably, revoked the trademark this week, bowing to continuing pressure from groups opposed to the name as a "racial slur" ( "Washington's offensive line," June 20). Oklahoma, which got it's name from the Choctaw Indians, means, "red people"! Should the state be forced to change it's name, also?
NEWS
June 23, 2014
I have read the editorial in The Sun about the "people" who are calling the Washington Redskins' name racists. Fine. ( "Washington's offensive line," June 20.) My question is, who are these people, where are they and how many of them are there? The Washington Redskins team holds these Native Americans up as great people of much honor. That has always been their credo. So my suggestion to The Sun and all the other people saying the name is "racist" is to get your data correct because what you are saying is not so. There have been investigators who have talked with the Native Americans, and they don't have a problem with the name.
NEWS
By Michael Dresser | June 19, 2014
Republican gubernatorial candidate Larry Hogan condemned a federal agency's decision Wednesday to cancel several trademarks of Washington's National Football League team on the basis that the nickname Redskins is offensive to native Americans. Hogan said he does not consider the team name a racial slur. Cmpaigning at a firefighters' parade in Ocean City, Hoagn issued a statement saying the decision on by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to revoke six team-held trademarks "should offend anyone concerned about constitutional limits on government power and free speech.
SPORTS
By Childs Walker and The Baltimore Sun | June 18, 2014
Though the Washington Redskins have faced down past legal challenges to their controversial name, the NFL team's defiant battle took a new twist Wednesday against a backdrop of growing political opposition. Efforts to force a change of the Redskins nickname gained momentum when the U.S. Patent Office canceled the team's trademark on its name, terming it "disparaging of Native Americans. " The effect of the 2-1 ruling is symbolic for the time being, because the Redskins can retain their trademark while appealing the decision.
SPORTS
By Mike Jones, The Washington Post | March 25, 2014
ORLANDO, Fla. - Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder expressed excitement about his team's new chapter and said first-year coach Jay Gruden already has impressed him with his knowledge and work ethic. Snyder, who consented to a brief interview Monday on his way to lunch while at the NFL's annual owners meetings, hadn't spoken to reporters during the 2013 season, or after the 3-13 campaign that resulted in Mike Shanahan's firing. He also hadn't commented on the hiring of Gruden as his eighth head coach.
SPORTS
Sports Digest | March 14, 2014
Et cetera Horse owner Arnold Heft dies; he pitched in minors, co-owned Bullets Arnold Heft , a longtime horse owner who pitched for the minor league Orioles in 1938, refereed in the NBA from 1945 to 1961 and co-owned the Baltimore Bullets from 1964 to 1968, died in his sleep Wednesday night at Sunrise at Fox Hill Senior Living Facility in Bethesda. He was 94. Heft pitched four minor league seasons, finishing with a 30-25 record, including 22 victories for Owensboro in the D League in 1941.
NEWS
March 2, 2014
After recovering from the fit of laughter at a fan of another team telling me what I should call my team, I could barely contain myself after reading this line from the recent commentary by Michael O'Hanlon ( "It's time for the Redskins to find a new name," Feb. 20) of the Brookings Institution. "Two Maryland delegates introduced a resolution in the House earlier this month urging the team's owners to change the name, saying it "has been associated with gruesome acts of genocide....
NEWS
By Michael O'Hanlon | February 20, 2014
Those of us living in and around D.C. - not just those of us, like me, who actually root for Baltimore's teams over Washington's - should follow the lead of our good neighbors to the north and realize that there can be life after a change of name for a professional football team. Baltimore eventually embraced the Ravens after losing the Colts, and Washington can do the same for the Redskins' replacement. The legends and the mythology associated with the Redskins name of course are powerful: Super Bowl championships under Joe Gibbs; Messrs.
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