Cumberland Times-News

Opinion

June 15, 2014

Senators should concentrate on more important issues

— If anyone has paid attention to Internet headlines in sports or sometimes in the newspaper, they would have seen that 50 of our nation’s hard working U.S. Senators have been spending their time not trying to make life better for so many poor Americans, but instead on a much deeper issue that is sure to put more money in the pockets of all those families out there looking for a job.

Those highly educated, economical minds are more worried about changing the name of the Washington Redskins than changing the lives of so many unemployed and desperate families looking for a little help in their everyday lives so they can feed their children, senior citizens can afford their prescriptions and have the comfort at night when they sit down for dinner, that our congressional representatives are actually worried for us, and not worried that the name of a mascot used for over 80 years is offending someone.

   There are organizations out there working diligently with the NFL and The Washington Redskins to possibly change their team name, but those are the people who need to stay on it until a decision is made one way or the other, not our congress.

We elect officials to work hard at making decisions to better the American way of life.

I don’t know about other Americans, but if changing the Redskin name will somehow put more money in my pocket on payday, then go for it, but I’m not banking on it, literally.    

If our senators need a subject to tackle whole-heartedly then try figuring out why a veteran of our armed forces, who has risked his life for our country’s freedom, has to wait 30-60 days to be seen by a physician at a VA hospital.

We have real problems in this country and changing names on professional sports teams is not one of them.

For the millions of jobless, homeless, desperate Americans seeking day by day to make ends meet and for our veterans, who are wondering why the country they love so much has forgotten them on a daily basis unless it’s a holiday, I beg, no I pray, that congress will get their act together and help solve real problems in this country.

Mike Conley

Cumberland

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