Worker In Bedford Reacts To Washington Redskins Trademark Decision

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Don Fernandez
Don Fernandez Photo Credit: Tom Auchterlonie
Dan Voudren
Dan Voudren Photo Credit: Tom Auchterlonie

BEDFORD HILLS, N.Y. -- The decision by a panel of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office against protecting the Washington Redskins' trademark due to the team name being offensive to American Indians was heavily covered this week in the media.

In Bedford Hills, Hudson Valley residents who work in the hamlet reacted to the decision.

Don Fernandez, who lives in Cortlandt Manor, called the a decision an “appropriate one.” Fernandez, who attended Roy C. Ketchum High School in Wappingers Falls, recalled a controversy there over "Indians" being used as a name.

Dan Voudren, who lives in Pawling, felt that if a trademark is offensive to a group then it should be looked at. 

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Where do you draw the line then? The trademark was given and the government should not be determining what is appropriate or inappropriate. This could open up pandora's box to anyone and everyone suggesting that something is offensive to them just like NYC is trying to tell us what size soda drinks we should be drinking. So should women file a lawsuit or request the trademark of the Hooters chain of restaurants be revoked because it's offensive to women? I could go on and on with examples.