The following is an abridged version of a conversation at www.facebook.com/edpagecourant.
Bill Cink: Yes, they should change their name. They risk being associated with bias, racism, unnecessary conflict and being out of touch with the common man if they keep the word Washington in their name.
Cindy Stewart Penkoff: No. This is ridiculous. Except what Bill said.
Dave Ferraro: No. It's not time. The term was first coined by [American] Indians to differentiate themselves from the white man. I applaud Redskins owner Dan Snyder for standing his ground.
James Pavlick: Everyone is offended by something. Grow up and get over it. Catering to offended people seems to be an industry. If "Redskins" is offensive, then Notre Dame has to change their name so as not to offend Irish people. Never mind, I'm not offended by "Fighting Irish" — I have a life.
Ellen Raff: What? They should keep it so everybody can ask this again next year and the year after that? It's a sports team name and it refers directly to skin color — I get tradition, but common sense should prevail. Find a really good name and just change it.
Ed Page: Well, even [columnist Charles] Krauthammer is calling for a name change. Can anyone actually imagine saying, "My friend, Jimmy, who's a redskin ..."? No, it's not the same as "Fighting Irish" — it's a lot closer to slur names for Italians, or Poles or Jews.
Stephen Krauchick: Current issue a year ago that just got new life. ... where were all these people over the years about the name issue? FYI, the Native Americans painted their faces red when they did battle and were proud of the name. ... it is a bandwagon thing because [sportscaster Bob] Costas just did an editorial during the Sunday night game.
Ellen Raff: Stephen, so what? Just because the right thing may not have been done yet doesn't mean nobody should ever bring it up. We've always done it this way! Who cares if it's wrong!
Jim Photoman: Is it just me and my mistaken perception, or does this (~gasp~) drumbeat grow louder around Columbus Day?
Robert Burns: We'll have to look at changing the Pittsburgh Pirates and Tampa Bay Buccaneers also — that is pirate racism. We should just stick to animal names for all teams. Wait, is that animal racism? Lol.
MaryJane Borcynski: I believe it's time for people to stop being big babies and pointing at names they find offensive! Put on your big boy/girl pants and deal with it! No one singled you out when they established these names years ago ... stop being so damn sensitive and deal with it as part of life! I am half Italian, half Polish ... if I was offended each and every time someone made a joke about either nationality, I would be a very bitter person. Get a grip, laugh it off! It becomes very boring/tiring hearing people bitch about these things when there are so many more serious issues at hand! Get a grip, people!
Michael P Berry: I've been a fan of the Redskins for over 30 years (no joke). In my younger days, I'm sure I would have thought differently about this, but as a 45-year-old man I can honestly say that it's just not that big of a deal to me if they change the name. I get the whole history of the team and its ties to the nickname and the logo. I get that money is involved. I understand that a new name and logo will be different and I might experience a slight feeling of loss or disconnect, but it's just a sports team's nickname we're talking about here. It's just not that big of a deal. If it offends people who are not of the same background that I hail from, then change it. So what? And please don't tell me that all this PC stuff is out of control and stupid. Most of the people who've decided that aren't the ones who suffer from the names, bigotry, hatred, etc. Change the name (and the owner, please) and move forward.
James Pavlick: The UConn logo offends me. Yes, I am being completely serious — I think it is awful. When I am at Rentschler, it really irks me to see that obnoxious logo rather than Jonathan. That said, my life goes on. If someone is offended by the Redskins, their life will also go on.
Ed Page: I'm sorry — but did someone just equate displeasure with a dog logo to Indians being offended by the use of "Redskins"? Unbelievable.
Sean Cooper: The intent of the name was for honor. Its why you don't see Native Americans come out in mass protest. The name should be up to the fans and the franchise.
Michael P Berry: Craig, I've been hearing this debate for at least 5-10 years. It's only become a national debate because many prominent sportscasters have taken it to the next level, and there's been a comment made by the owner that has stirred the pot. And, I think, there's been a change of leadership in the organization that's been fighting this fight for a long time. It's not a new issue.
Tom Nash: While we are at it ... how about the Yankees, as Southerners may take exception. Or the Cowboys, because Native Americans may be offended that the name glorifies their former enemies. How about Colts, because PETA may take exception. Closer to home, how about Wolf Pack, because the name reminds Germans of a dark period in their history. I could go on but, grow up, people! Be adults!
Dave Ruggles: I do not know anybody or Indians that are upset about this. I think the politically correct crowd has too much time on their hands. Someday as a society we may grow out of words hurting our feelings and focus on things that really matter.
Guy Minor: As a Indian, or Native American, I am more offended by the Washington part of the logo . In reality, if you ask an Indian what they are, they will respond by saying what tribe they belong too — such as Mic Mac, Penobscot, Sioux, etc. Indian is a term applied by Europeans, and we are referred to as such in treaties. Native American is a politically correct term. We refer to ourselves by tribe. By the way, some tribal names simply mean the people. I belong to the dawn land people.
Cj Bernabucci: Guy, Do you think this is really a non-issue, which the PC police are trying to make an issue?
Guy Minor: There are a lot of Indian groups upset about this. However, they have been the Redskins forever. I do not know, it is as much personal as it is a group issue. I personally do not find it offensive, but some do.
Jim Diamond: It does offend Native Americans and is offensive. And eventually it will be changed.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun