It was discouraging to read Michael Turner’s letter (“Noting who voted against keeping nickname,” June 5). People who are willing to serve on boards should be thanked and honored for their service to their communities, even if we disagree with them on a particular issue. Our duty as citizens is to talk with our board members about our positions on any given matter, with the understanding that others within the community may feel differently. I was disappointed that neither of my board representatives voted how I would have liked, but I believe that they thought deeply about the issue before they decided.

It is far more important to focus on the principle involved, not the different personalities. To me the principle is, “Is it morally right, just, respectful, and even kind to keep the Indian name after being asked to drop it?”

It is not, and because this is a moral issue, not a matter of personal taste or preference, it will not go away, despite our weariness of the topic.

Susan B. Anthony was born in 1820. My mother was already a 1-year-old, 100 years later, before women got the right to vote. Moral issues have a way of persisting.

Mary Stuart


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