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Re: Kathy Polkinghorn’s letter and Debra DeAngelo’s column of Aug. 3:  Thank you. I went to Winters schools: I was a Pom Pom girl, a Homecoming Queen, rode on a sweetheart float and was a scorekeeper for the baseball team.

Like my classmates, I cheered for the Winters Warriors along with everyone else and didn’t give it a second thought.

That was over 50 years ago. Obviously life is about a lot of things, but hopefully it’s about learning and changing, broadening and adjusting our horizons and views.

Of course this can be jarring, confusing and maddening, but it can also be enriching.

I think one of the most important things to learn is empathy for those who are different than us; those who have radically different lives, different cultural experiences and different historical perspectives. This is not easy and at best we are woefully imperfect in this endeavor.

But surely we can try. Surely we can grow beyond our high school days and try to understand why a Warrior as a mascot for a sports team would feel disrespectful, culturally insensitive and historically deaf to others.


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