FOUR men weighed in on the trumped-up
controversy of calling the NFL team in Washington the Redskins: the four surviving members of the Navajo Code Talkers who along with speakers of five other languages (Basque, Cherokee, Choctaw, Comanche and Meskawi) helped win World War II by communicating military messages that enemy code-breakers could not crack.
Redskins owner Dan Snyder brought them to a game and they proudly wore team blankets — as well as their red and gold trimmed Marine side caps.
"We didn't have that in mind but that is undoubtedly what we did do," Roy Hawthorne said when asked if he was intending to send a statement with the appearance. "My opinion is that's a name that not only the team should keep, but that's a name that's American."
Of course they are proud of the name. It honors them.
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AUSTIN "Gus" Deeds, 24, stabbed his father and then shot and killed himself on Nov. 19. Now his father, Creigh Deeds, a state senator and former Democratic nominee for governor of Virginia, wants to make some good come from this tragic event.
The son suffered mental illness and had been released from a psychiatric unit the day before the stabbing and shooting. Deeds plans to use this experience to push for better help for mentally ill patients.