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Positive change, at last

Even when the Sanford School Committee gets it right, its members manage to be wrong.
Balls, Pucks & Monster Trucks
By RICK WORMWOOD  |  May 18, 2012

Empathy, racism, and Venn diagrams

Roland Cote raised his hand. Fifty people were in the basement of a Sanford church, listening to several Native Americans and tribal elders, some of whom had driven more than 500 miles to be there, speak about how offensive the local high school's contin
Balls, Pucks, and Monster Trucks
By RICK WORMWOOD  |  April 20, 2012

The kids are all right

First the good news: in 2008, when I first wrote about the last two high schools in Maine still using the racist mascot name "Redskins," Wiscasset and Sanford, I predicted that Sanford, my hometown, would be the last holdout.
Balls, pucks and monster trucks
By RICK WORMWOOD  |  June 17, 2011

Nixon potential

Regular readers of my column (all three of them) won't be surprised that my New Year's wish is for Sanford High, my alma mater, to finally put aside the racist mascot name of "redskins."
Balls, pucks and monster trucks
By RICK WORMWOOD  |  December 31, 2010

Redskin redux

A couple months ago, when I wrote about the fact that the Sanford and Wiscasset high schools are the last remaining Maine schools using the mascot nickname “redskins,” Sanford principal Allan Young told me that if “redskin” critics called his students r
Balls, Pucks, and Monster Trucks
By RICK WORMWOOD  |  January 26, 2009

Obama goes for Sanford's diversity

The Sanford High School Marching Band will perform in Barack Obama's inaugural parade. Of course, it...
By Jeff Inglis  |  December 10, 2008


Last of the Redskins

The Scarborough School Board changed from “Redskins” to the “Red Storm” eight years ago, at a time when high school and college teams around the country were trending away from using Native American mascots.
What can sports mascots teach us about Native American relations today?
By RICK WORMWOOD  |  November 26, 2008