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The Light and Champion

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Taking offense to sports team nicknames By Nathan Hague Sportswriter sports@lightandchampion.com

Can we as a society please stop being so sensitive? There have been more and more groups trying to get the Washington Redskins to change their name because they consider it to be racist. As a Cowboys fan, I

have strong dislike for the Redskins as a team but the name itself has nothing to do with it. The name comes from a rich history and I honestly believe that if I were an American Indian, I’d feel honored by having a professional sports team honoring our history. In 2002, Sports Illustrated conducted a poll

in which 75 percent of American Indians said they had no problem with the name. Two years later, the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania put out another poll which concluded that 91 percent of the American Indians surveyed in the 48 mainland states also had no issue with the

name. The Florida State University Seminoles chose their name in honor of Seminoles who said they were flattered by the name. In the past, we’ve heard complaints about other names and logos in sports including the Atlanta Braves, Cleveland Indians, Chicago Blackhawks, Kansas

City Chiefs and others but for some reason, the name “Redskins” seems to be a hot topic while talks of other team names have quieted down. I’m not sure why that is. My question is where does it end? If we were to get rid of all these names, who’s to say animal rights activists I See NAMES Page 6C

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Tires good, the tire could be soft and weak or dry rotted. Stack a bunch of weight on a trailer with inferior tires and you are asking for trouble, especially when pulling long distances on hot pavement. “Rubber is organic and it ages just like we do,” says Blake Cook, service manager at Cook Tire in Lufkin.

I From Page 2C “Even though tires are knee-deep in rubber doesn’t mean they are still good. The rule of thumb to go by on trailer tires is four-years or 40,000 miles. Tires that are four years old should be replaced, regardless if they still look brand new or not.” Cook says one of main problems with trailer tires is that many

of those on the road today are not American made. Most consumers opt for trailer tires that are made in other countries because of the cheaper price point. As a rule, the cheaper tires don’t hold up under stress as well as premium tires, nor do they last as long. “Nobody wants to spend bunch of money

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If you suspect a problem with one or more tires, it would be a good idea to have it checked by a professional before setting out on a journey.

on trailer tires, particularly when they only pull the trailer a few times a year,” Cook said. “You can probably get away with going with a cheaper tire on a flatbed or something like that, but I don’t advise it on an expensive travel trailer, bass boat trailer or ski boat trailer. If you have a blow out you may not be talking about replacing a just a $50 tire. It is like a small bomb going off when a tire separates going down the highway at 60 miles per hour. It could potentially damage trailer and what is on the trailer. There is also the risk of it damaging somebody else’s vehicle or causing an accident.” If you are in the market for a set of new tires, fall is a good time to think about replacing them. The weather is cooler. That means the pavement won’t be as hot, so new tires will have time to “season” before the hot summer months roll around. Deciding on a style and brand of tire can be a tough decision because there are so many options at different price ranges. The more mileage a tire is rated for, the more you can expect to pay for it. The brand, tread design (all season, all terrain and mud) as well as the tire’s ply rating also can impact the price. Most standard size trucks and SUV’s come stock with all-season tires. These are great for general highway use and occasional jaunts off-road. For hunters and other sporting types who spend a considerable amount

of time off-road, a good all-terrain tire is hard to beat. The all-terrain tire provides a fairly aggressive tread for gripping in mud, but no so much that you can hear it singing as you go down the road. Mud grips provide a much more aggressive tread for extra traction and they look good on a high-riding 4x4. The downside is mudders tend to wear out prematurely, they are noisy, rough riding and can

be a booger to get balanced on the wheel. “A good all-terrain style tire hard to beat,” Boatman said. “If you are going to be doing a lot of off-road driving you might want to upgrade to an LT tire. The LT has thicker sidewalls and is harder for rocks or thorns to puncture.” Matt Williams is a freelance writer based in Nacogdoches. He can be reached at mattwilliams@netdot.com.

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Tires with an aggressive mud tread are great for off road use, but at times they can be tough to get balanced for a smooth ride on the highway.

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