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What’s in a name?

October 30, 2013 

Dear Editor,

The Associated Press, in an article titled “Obama open to name change for Washington Redskins,” referred to the Kansas City Chiefs as an Indian nickname. This is no longer factually true.

The team was named after former and beloved Kansas City mayor H. Roe Bartle, because of his involvement with the Boy Scouts of America and being instrumental in getting Lamar Hunt to relocate his Dallas Texans to our community. The Kansas City Chiefs football organization, though once embracing American Indian symbolism, has been careful to strip out any references to Native Americans. All we have left is a wolf and an arrowhead – no Indian chief mascot.

Perhaps we should demand that the Associated Press push Mr. Obama to rename his “chief” of staff to “head” of staff. While we can’t change our professional football team name back to the “Texans” because of Houston, we could rename the team The Kansas City “Taxes” in honor of Kansas City’s unpopular earnings tax and the Jackson County Legislature’s love of gouging its citizens over extreme revenue sources.

Russ Klement

Lee’s Summit

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