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Letters to the Editor–March 15

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Agrees with changing school mascot

To the editor:
 Reading the letters to the editor regarding the time to change the school mascot,  I  totally agree  with  sign man Steve. 
 I  always thought the same–why a devil? We try to instill in our children to choose the right path and the devil, well, is just thde devil. We really need to find a new mascot for our children.    
So   where  does  it  start?  The  principal? The PTA?
This is a farm area–cattle, country, horse country. How about the Williston Bulls?
I’m sure many people could come up with different suggestions and maybe have a real bull visit on special games.
Just maybe one of these big  cattle ranchers has a  bull  that is  tame enough for mascot–pictures  for homecomming  games  etc.  
The kids today have it hard enough to keep it straight. Let’s get rid of the devil. It really isn’t who we want to represent our kids.
Good  idea,  Steve.
Diane Marchand

History and tradition should prevail


To the editor:
Mr. Dibble submitted an article to the Pioneer which stated he wants to change the Williston High School mascot name.  He wrote that by placing the “Red Devil” logo on signs that he produces for the community bothers him.  Additionally he wrote that most coaches and supporting parents agree with him that a change in mascot name is needed.  Rightfully, he is entitled to his thought and belief.
My thoughts are more of history and tradition than “political correctness,” or fears that having a devil for a mascot gives the wrong image of our high school students.
 I’m looking at the “Flame” 50th Anniversary Edition, which states; “The football team was the Red Devils; there were 12 players.  In 1936 or 37 they won every game with the exception of the game with Lakeland.”
  Now that was the earliest reference to the “Red Devil” mascot I could quickly find, but even that indicates over 75 years of tradition, history, and alumni.  Yes, seventy-five (75) years of WHS alumni.
 Many of those alumni have supported their children, grandchildren and still support the “Red Devils”, many in ways much further than just being a parent.
  If you really want to hear from people about a mascot name change, please solicit decades of alumni and those still supporting the “Red Devils”, many of which are names you will recognize.
Also Mr. Dibble, I respectfully suggest if creating a sign with the “Red Devil” logo bothers you; refer the business somewhere else.
Glen Wilson – Class of 70, “Go Devils”

Get the right image


To the editor:
In response to the March 8 letter from business owner Steve Dibble, owner of Signman Sign Co., I have the following comment.
There is no problem with the Red Devil mascot.  Only with someone who's created a non-factual image in their head of something innocent. 
If it bothers you when you put a  “Red Devil” logo on a sign you produce, then turn down the business from the Red Devil boosters and supporters. 
The “Red Devil” mascot at the high school and middle school has been here longer than most residents of Williston. By the way, the yellow pages have you listed in Morriston.      
And for the ill-informed and mis-informed, like yourself, the “Red Devil” mascot has nothing to do with religion, even if you are not a very religious person.
Maybe you should have included the coaches’ names that agree with you about a name change. I don't think you could find many alumni from Williston High School who would agree with you about a change being needed, and that it is a problem.
It's not a past problem, present problem or future problem as you imply. The public school system in Levy County has much larger problems than changing a mascot because it bothers a misinformed sign maker, with the wrong image in his head.
The efforts and morality of our children and athletes has never been in question because of the school mascot.
Evidently, you do not attend many Red Devil football games, or you would see the entire team drop to their knees before their fans and the whole world, before each and every game, home and away and  unite in prayer, wearing the Red Devil uniform.
 At baseball games the entire team unites in a circle of prayer before the fans and the whole world, each and every game, home and away,  oh yes, again wearing the Red Devil uniform.
And they still play our home baseball games at a place called the Devils Den. Guess you see that as an image issue.
So, Mr. Dibble, don't confuse an innocent mascot with religion or anything else that bothers you personally without the facts.
So, my short answer to you is simple. If it really bothers you, as you say it does, to put the Red Devil logo on a sign you make, just accept business from Chiefland, and you can put an  Indian head logo on your signs. Or better still from Yankeetown and put a Sand-Gnats logo on your signs.
 And the next time you read a headline that reads Red Devils do this or that, try putting a factual image in your head. Know that just two hours before that headline was written, every single team member and coach was down on their knees or in a team circle, in prayer, in their Red Devil uniform. That is the image our children and athletes register with true fans and supporters of the Williston Red Devils 
One should know all the facts before they try and portray the wrong image to others concerning something as innocent as a school’s mascot.
Go to a Red Devil basketball game and just listen when a parent or student in the crowd yells out “Who you root’n for” and every Red Devil fan young and old  responds in unison  “R E D  D E V I L S! “ Get that image in your head, Mr. Dibble.  Red Devils forever!
No. 1 Williston Red Devils fan,
Steve Jarboe