WHAT'S IN A NAME

THE ONLY THING EUGENE ROBINSON left out of his column on the name "Redskins" [Wild Card, August 22] was the contradiction between the sensitivity Dan Snyder showed the residents of Raljon, by changing the name back to Landover, and his insensitivity in refusing to change the team name. I fail to understand how demeaning an entire people is a tradition worth maintaining.

STEVE COBBLE

Arlington

AS A DESCENDANT OF CHOCTAW INdians, I think the spoilsports who want to change the Redskins' name should think again. We name teams after eagles or tigers not to honor them but to honor ourselves with the positive qualities we associate with them. Whatever the word Redskins meant in the 19th century, the team has transformed it into a badge of honor.

GARY OLESON

Reston

THIS TEAM NAME CALLS TO REMEMbrance the United States' own period of ethnic cleansing in the name of greed, and demonstrates callousness toward restoring the dignity of all Native Americans. There is no honor here, only self-justification for the R****** franchise.

NATHAN MONELL

Alexandria

EUGENE ROBINSON'S COMMENTS ARE right on the mark. I recommend we also do away with Roman numerals; they symbolize the persecution of early Christians. And that pyramid on the dollar bill clearly symbolizes the Egyptians' enslavement of the Jews. Our football team -- how about the Washington PC!

STEPHEN GERWIN

Silver Spring

TOO BAD DAN SNYDER DIDN'T SAY, "Setting straight the abuse done to the collective consciousness of millions of people is much more important to me than what the football team is called." Why is he balking at this one?

ELYSIA WHISLER

Manassas

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