Daily Archives: June 25, 2013

No justifying ‘Redskins’ as mascot

“Fans of franchises bearing Indian names often resist changing them out of sentiment,” columnist Leonard Pitts (in photo) wrote. But that’s shortsighted. “Whether we choose to acknowledge it, or never do, doesn’t change the fact: ‘Redskins’ is a curse word,” Pitts wrote. Wichita North High School periodically debates whether to change its mascot, but its teams remain the Redskins.

Farm bill failure a preview of immigration reform?

The U.S. House’s failure last week to pass a new farm bill doesn’t bode well for immigration reform, the New York Times reported. The farm bill is not controversial and should be relatively easy to approve, but some House Republicans – including Reps. Mike Pompeo, R-Wichita, and Tim Huelskamp, R-Fowler – wanted even steeper cuts to the food-stamp program than what was included in the bill. Some Republicans also added amendments to allow states to drug-test food-stamp applicants and require food-stamp recipients to meet federal welfare work requirements, which caused Democrats to oppose the bill. “If you think this is hard,” Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., told the Times, “try getting 218 (a majority vote) on a path to legal status.”