Originally created 03/05/02

Most American Indians don't mind sports names

The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.

- William Arthur Ward

Don't know if you saw it this week, but Sports Illustrated magazine commissioned an opinion survey and seemed shocked to discover that not only do most Americans not take offense at sports teams with American Indian names (Atlanta Braves, Cleveland Indians, even Washington Redskins) but that most Indians take no offense either.

The Peter Harris Research Group interviewed 351 American Indians (217 living on reservations) and 743 fans. Their responses were weighted, according to census data, and the margin of error was plus or minus 4 percent.

The poll found that 83 percent of the Indians on reservations and 79 percent of the non-Indian fans do not find these sports namesakes offensive.

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WRITING HELP: Ray Thigpen of Hiawassee, Ga., writes: "I am working on writing the history of Bastonville School in Glascock County. We are trying to get this project finished before 2007, the year the county celebrates its 150th birthday. I know that there are many people or members of their family in the CSRA who attended Bastonville. We'd like to hear from you."

His address is 5562 Leisure Woods Park, Hiawassee, GA 30546. His e-mail is thigpen@alltel.net. He also has a Web site: www.rthigpen.tripod.com/bastonville

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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "A bill currently before the Georgia General Assembly would make grits the Official Prepared Food of the state. With that in mind, I propose that we make Trivial Pursuit the Official Pastime of the General Assembly."- Michael Owen, Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

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TODAY'S JOKE: A local minister waited in line to have his car filled with gas just before a long holiday weekend. The attendant worked quickly, but there were many cars ahead of him.

Finally, the attendant motioned him toward a vacant pump.

"Sorry, sir," said the young man, "it seems as if everyone waits until the last minute to get ready for a long trip."

"I know what you mean," the reverend said calmly. "It's the same in my business."

Reach Bill Kirby at (706) 823-3344 or bkirby@augustachronicle.com.


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