I'm a bit late to the topic, but the Washington, D.C., professional football team really ought to change its name. As encouragement for the franchise's stubborn owner, we should just stop saying the offensive word.
The term "redskins" -- it's hard to write a column about a word without using it, I'm afraid -- is a racial slur. Fans of the team, myself included, have pretended not to notice this uncomfortable fact for many years. Now we're beginning to confront it.