I can see the mascot now - a team of Clydesdale "chargers" pulling the
After reading all these posts, with which I agree, one of the craziest things
the board did was sending out those 4500 postcards. That left an obvious paper
trail of poor example being displayed for everyone to see. WOW! I am blown away
by this school board story proving that common sense was voted out before they
ever had their first meeting.
The Canyons School appears to be a "perfect storm" of assembled
incompetence.If you took a survey of the top 300 socially
insensitive words in our society, "cougars" would not even make the
list! Would it even make the top 500? How out of touch can you be?Here's a few other symptoms of the "tone deaf" board:They sent out 4500 postcards to gather the students votes for the mascot--this
wasn't done in class. How much did that cost? What are the students feelings
about the democratic process now? Superintendent "Dr."
David S. Doty (I am a lawyer, I'm not forcing anyone to call me "Dr.")
has remodeled his office TWICE--not just changing furniture, but moving walls
and insisting on the installation of bulletproof glass. Now, after the
double-remodel, he wants to move into another building.The Board,
which contains several lawyers, thoroughly botched the handling of the supposed
"Alta high school racial incident" both at the time it happened and in
a subsequent lawsuit from aggrieved vice principal Mark Montague resulting in
the district being forced into settlement.The new draper high school
had set aside a piece of campus land for a seminary building. The use of the
land was challenged by a small, local pseudo-religion that never had any
intention of building a religious instruction center, nor could it ever have had
any enrollment. So the board decided "therefore nobody can use it (meaning
BUY it)" and now the new seminary building is going to have to be in a
residential home across the street. I could go on and on -- somebody
please look under the hood of this runaway vehicle and clean house!
Wow! Obviously the school board is comprised of former government school
students. They need a few former home school students. Heck, current home school
students would be a big improvement.Is there not someone out there
that can overrule such nonsense?
The high school canNOT be serious about changing the name "Cougars".
It sounds like someone escaped from the movie Footloose and has taken control of
the school. I wish I'd never heard of this. Someone once told me the sexual
derivation of a phrase in common everyday usage, and I thought to myself "I
could have gone my whole life not knowing that and have been much better
I wonder what their school board would think of our high school mascot: a
Marauder. Definition: to roam or go around in quest of plunder; make a raid for
booty. We even get a good laugh out of it!
So...some interesting questions that should be asked: --Just how
many middle-aged women is the School Board expecting to enroll at Caynon High?
--Other that the imperial decree from the school board, were there
any ACTUAL complaints related to the proposed name by anyone that is NOT a
overly PC government official?--What civics lesson is being taught
when a input is solicited, balloting is held; and, then a few bureaucrats issue
a degree--not only invalidating the #1 choose, but also the #2-#10 choices in
favor of a name selected EXCLUSIVELY the buracucracy?--Might not an
official statement asserting the position that the name Couger is patently
offensive be considered in an of itself to be offensive to all BYU students and
alumni? Sort of a statement indicating that the School Board believes the
public is so ignorant and crass, it requires those of better breeding,
intellectual grasp; with a more matured sensitivity and sensibility to over-ride
destructive behaivors and decisions. Sort of how a parent corrects or over-rides
the immature decisions of a child.I think that is is obvious the
people of this school district elected the kind of government they deserve.
I have not been impressed with many of the decisions the Canyons Board of
Education have made. They are building a new high school which is too small to
house the high school kids who live in Draper (which means by the time it opens
it probably will be too small for the proposed student body)and now this idiocy
regarding the mascot name. I think they knew the name they wanted from the
beginning, so why did they even ask the kids to vote? This district is not
receiving one more penny from me until I see some changes in the quality of the
boards DES vision- making.
Oh sure. Blame it on the Utes. No other faction could possibly make the cougar
name dirty. Silly argument. Just call them the Draper Bobcats or Kitties,
Kittens or other form of felines.
One of the best articles that I have ever read! These people needed to be taken
to task over this absolute nonsense and Doug did a great job of letting them
know exactly how way off base this school board is! What goes through your head
on a decsion like this? I do agree with other posters that his article
would have not made it in the comments section...what a shame.
Leave it to Canyons School District...I think they like their name to be in the
media so they come up with WHATEVER will get them there.
Biggest mistake was putting a non-option on the list. Also, a Vandal is
basically the same thing as a Viking, but with a much cooler name. (It actually
comes from the name of a Germanic tribe, like the Franks, Saxons, etc., and,
yes, the other meaning derives from this.)
Why couldn't they just say they didn't want to be subjected to the innuendo that
would surely come along with the name? Everyone would have understood.
To 'Hard to beieve' - Not to mention that John the Baptist, being Jesus' cousin,
now makes Charger a religious reference. There, problem solved. You can't use
it because we all know that having a religious reference is waaaaaaaaaaaaaaay
worse than a reference to a middle-aged woman with no sense. So, folks, what is
left - The Insurance Salespersons? School colors? Anyone object to brown?
I am sure I must be offended by the use of "Vikings" as a team mascot.
But don't worry. I am equally sure that some reparation payments will assuage my
I wonder if the school board is reading all these comments and can see NO ONE is
offended by the name Cougar and EVERYONE thinks the issue is ridiculous. There
is no leadership in the school district. They are scared robots that can only
follow the ridiculous policy of, "Let's cave in every time there is an
issue to the person who screams the loudest and then spin it so we look like we
are the champion of the one." No ability to think or handle problems in a
rational way as demonstrated in the Alta High incident. To quote Doug,
"Sheesh, why did they ask?" It really boiled down to one person who
didn't like the name and couldn't get her way, started a petition pretending to
promote unity, probably threatened legal action and everyone caves. Then, the
board tries to put a spin on it about how it was the right thing to do. Silly is
a great description of the whole thing.
Charger? Isn't that something cougars plug things into when they can't find
what they want?
How about Crackers?
It is legitimate to take offense at people calling middle-aged women
"cougars." But it is just silly to say that because the word is
misused that way, it can't be used (for the umpteenth time) as the name of a
school mascot. Blame whoever coined the slang usage of "cougar,"
don't blame the kids!
@Parry is a FarceNaaahhh GI Jane just doesn't make if for any
It's nothing new - they did this to Dixie a few years ago. Gave the students a
choice - Rebels or a new mascot. Students chose Rebels. School officials (aka
"adults") choose Red Storm (which is...what? The mascot turned out to
be a "bullnado").
OK. I can see one nut-case out of seven board members finding offense to the
name "Cougar. . . .," But a majority of the school board voted in
favor of this? That is what is astounding! You can't even find a single post
here defending their decision. How can there be such a blatant lack of reason in
a body of seven supposedly reasonable people? I suspect the School
Board cowered to some unstable individual's threat of a lawsuit. That is the
only way this makes any sense, whatsoever.
The female members of the Canyons District Board who are so aware of colloquial
implication of the word "cougar" must be aware of the significance of
the words "charger" and "horse" as they imply reference to
the male anatomy.
George carlin pointed it out time and again. The words we find 'offensive' are
so only if we let them be, and there is no reason behind any of it.
Me thinks the board doth protest too much, just saying what's the age of these
The Whole Bunch of these Idiots should be fired. Your Tax $'s at work. We should
all be proud.
Dear Mr. Cromar,Mr. Robinson (or more likely the headline writer) is
correct. The word "Cougars" (because it is in quotes) in the headline
functions as a singular item. It is understood as: [The name]
"Cougars" is offensive?, not that cougars (multiple feline animals)
are offensive.Unfortunately, I think even less of the school board
as a whole after reading your response.As a teacher in Jordan
District, I've been occasionally miffed and even jealous of some of the things
happening in the Canyon District. What was I thinking?
re: Gemimi 3:15 p.m. Jan. 24, 2012There are many people who use 1
really long paragraph in posting online not just BYU grads. FWIW; I
am a graduate of the University of. I must not be feeling well?That
being said, its more typical of (but not exclusive to) conservatives to nitpick
on emotional wedge issues rather than attempt to solve any thing of substance.
Why should a school board be any different than Washington DC?
per Max-was-right 1:57 a.m. Jan. 24, 2012Now, a name change is
wrong? You must have missed all the byu fans dog piling after a similar article
from this publication about a possible mascot change at the U. per
RevK 5:55 a.m. Jan. 24, 2012You forgot Nudge Nudge.
Don't tell anyone at Kearns High School.
Kevin,Here's the issue to me that you don't get. You pretended to
give the students a voice. That voice was quashed by a small minority of seven
school board members. I think the bigger lesson isn't whether the school's
mascot is the Charger or Cougar or whatever. It's that you taught a valuable but
wrong lesson. That someone's vote doesn't really matter. You also taught that
kids can't be trusted on the simplest things like voting for a school mascot
given four reasonable choices. The damage you have Kevin being serious here (and
I loved the article, it cracked me up) is much more significant than you think.
And we wonder why young people have no faith in their government (and adults).
Think about that lesson Canyon School Board or is that what was really wanted?
Kevin Cromar, did you take grammar while at the "Y"? We learned to
paragraph-space when I attended ('70-'73). Just wondering if you could help
reading your comments by using punctuation as you would on a term paper. That's
non-offensive, isn't it?What I'd be more concerned with than all 4
pages of comments here, (cute as they were), is why Utah, Idaho and your four
other Inter-Mountain states continue to lead the nation in teen suicides and
depression?Do you look at the national report card on health and
social issues? You've been leading since the late '80's. That's enough for us
to keep our kids in the nutty state that's called every derogatory name. At
least we'd be addressing the high rate of suicide with all professionals and not
having angst over minutia.23 of my Mormon family members teach in
Utah or Idaho, 2 are BYU profs, 3 politicians who you would recognize. Please
get back to reality and the truly offensive things we can all agree need fixing.
Kevin,I am a resident of Draper, Utah and my kids will be attending
the new high school. If you guys were so concerned about these issues, then why
was "Cougars" even put on the ballot? The bottom line is, you guys did
not do your homework on this one. As a resident of the school, I am going to
rally some of the other upset parents and demand that you guys re-visit the
issue. It is one thing to have come out with ridiculous excuses as to why you
guys didn't want Cougar even though you had it on the ballot to begin with - but
it is entirely another matter when you involve innocent kids and make them feel
like their vote matters - only to squash it right in their faces and choose
something that the VAST minority wanted. Do the right thing for kids, not what
all of you think is best. If you didn't want kids input, then you shouldn't have
asked for it.
Doug you are correct Corner Canyon Chargers is not strictly alliterative. My
mistake. The point I was making was "chargers" starts with the letter
"c" and would work well with Corner Canyon, as opposed to mountain
lions, diamondbacks, falcons, raptors. The fact of the matter the media didn't
do their homework. None of the Board discussions included the the sexual
meaning of cougars. I had never heard of that meaning or the show Cougar Town.
The main concern was the BYU/Utah rivalry. With the selected colors like BYU and
a mascot like BYU, students could be divided with this rivalry. We wanted to
select something that united the community, not divide it. I frequently wear my
BYU tie to Board meetings; having received two BYU degrees. I am sorry that the
media characterized the issue incorrectly. It is unfortunate that the media
didn't cover more important items on our agenda that evening like the rollout of
a major, innovative middle school curriculum proposal. Here is an alliteration
for you-- mostly, mindless media (including Cougar Town). BTW shouldn't it be
'Cougars' are offensive? Who knew? Mark Twain actually said, "God created
idiots...then school boards, then created the media."
Why has not anybody come in with the A.H. Sugar Daddys vs the C.C. Cougars
It is not the parents but all the voting residents of the school district who
are responsible for who is on the school board. The non-voting residents are
responsible by default, in that they do not care enough. Public schools exist
because it is in the community's best interest to educate the next generation.
The Pale Faces would only make sense with a slightly different term than
Indians. Wouldn't the cross-town opponants of the Indians be the Pakistanis?A high school near mine had the marauders as their mascot. That seems a
way to glorify law breaking.
Well written!Insightful and a good chuckle. Thanks for
making my day!Over and out
John the Baptist's head was brought on a charger. Is this the mascot we want?
Oakland University in Michigan also has the Cougars as a mascot. There are lots of team mascots that are without question truly offensive.
This is not a case of such. This school district would have never allowed my
high school mascot, the stallion.
The Beaver Beavers, and Morgan Trojans are now looking for new names. The
Wasatch and Juab Wasps (look it up) are in trouble too! Bountiful Braves? Cedar
Redmen? Uintah Utes? Oh my! AF Cavemen? Geico is going to sue! Knights,
Templars, Spartans? lots of gory history associated with these names. Beetdiggers, Farmers, Pioneers, Bees, Miners. Too old and historical for me.
We need to update some team names in this state. How about Jordan Rivers, Box
Elder Bugs, Lehi Mills, Wasatch Backs, Cedar Trees, Uintah Golfs, Beaver Dams!,
Morgan Freemen, etc... Anyone?
Well saidCougar, offensive?I better change my name
tooThe school board's existence is offensive.
Pssst! Don't anyone tell Manti's school board what a "Templar" really
"Celtics The Celts might take offense for being represented by a mascot
who looks like he escaped from a box of Lucky Charms.Angels
Religious overtones; we can't have that.Sun Devils/Red Devils/Blue
Devils Satanic worship?"I would the ACLU would have all these
on their list - all are religious and sponsored by a government....tsk, tsk.
My 5-year-old overheard my wife and I talking about the "charger"
school board overreach. He asked me where his was (he was holding his battery
drained Nintendo DS).Look, I like "Charger" for a mascot.
I think the board should rethink their example of inclusion, democracy and
participation.Go Corner Canyon Cougars!
Sounds a lot like the selection of the Dixie State "Red Storm" The
school board selected this name on their own, ignoring the voice and votes of
the students and the community.The "Dixie State Rebels,"
(their former mascot as a junior college,) although correct for UNLV and many
others, was deemed offensive. I once lived in Texas and was in the path of a
"red storm" (tornado). With the damage it caused, now that's
It is confirmed that the "real" reason for the boards overreach was
the Mini-BYU comparison. I have emailed both Principal Bailey and the district,
and their response was the blue color and Cougar was too close to Brigham Young.
As a father of children who voted, I find this to be incredibly thin-skinned and
shallow.I have a nephew who plays football for the Uintah Utes (red
as one of its colors), while at the same time is a fanatic BYU fan. He is still
quite proud to be a *UINTAH* Ute.I think the board ought to
reconsider and honor the students they serve. The whole exercise was the boards
idea in the first place. Restore the wishes of our kids and show them that the
very spirit of participation and inclusion matters.
Yet another reason to continue the exodus to a charter school system. This bunch
of overpaid under skilled administrators would be better served by keeping their
focus on implementing more effective curriculum and more focused educator
development. It's time for caring parents everywhere to rise up and call for an
end to this type of bureaucratic educational despotism.
A Cougar is a wild animal...I'd never even "heard" of the other
explanation. What world do these people live in? Easy answer, fire
the entire board, and hire some reasonable, level-headed people. Who wants
their children in a school like this anyway? World! Wake up!
Please. Stop the lunacy!!!!
Isn't a charger the thing I plug my cell phone into? I wonder if the school
will be a wall or car charger.Isn't a charger someone who uses a
credit card? In that case, being a charger isn't really something to be
lauded.Isn't a Charger a model of car made by Dodge? Those were
muscle cars and aren't very green and therefore not politically correct. That's
MUCH worse than "Cougar". A Cougar is a woman who isn't saddled by
male dominated stereotypes. She is someone who knows what she wants and goes
after it. She is making her own choices. She is independent, confident, has
high self esteem...all things that everyone, especially girls bombarded by
societal images that lead to poor body image and low self esteem and harmful
behaviors like bulimia and anorexia. A Cougar is therefore MUCH more
politically correct than a greenhouse gas spewing symbol of male power and
dominance.Someone should tell the school board.(snicker
This is hilarious stuff...Nice...to see such a humerous perspective...but I just
have to add... Well...however humerous we might find this... there happens to be
more than just a few older women on LDS single websites who are not abashed at
stating their obvious interest in younger men...especially when explaining what
they are looking for in a companion. As that list grows the age limit shrinks
proportionatly as to who could possibly qualify. Even Superman would
occasionally fall short of some women's expectations.
What are all you proper folks doing watching such sludge on TV anyway? See, it
does corrupt you! Turns your brain to mush. Forces you to make STUPID jugements
and decisions. Oooops. Sorry. Hope I didn't offend someone by saying STUPID...
And how does this incident differ from the majority of people in California
voting on a referendum which is now over turned by a single judge (not a panel
of judges -- just a single judge)? We all can see the idiocy of this situation,
but clearly there are many who fail to see the broader application.
The school board is offensive to me.
Hopefully the board will be voted out of office when elections come up again.
This sensitivity garbage has gotten way out of hand. This is not only idiotic on
the highest level it also defies common sense on every level. Well.. let it be
said here... I find Canyons highly offensive as it reminds me of an adult star
of the 80s and can allude to like things.... expect to hear from my lawyers.
If this wasn't true it would be hilarious! This is what is wrong with education
today. One thing the author forgot to mention is that the school board must have
been thinking that it would encourage the female teachers to have relations with
the students. The parents in this district should begin to organize and vote
these people off the board and find people who have real concerns about
School board members ARE politicians, at the PeeWee League level--that's where
many State and national politicians got their starts. Cut them off now, before
they start believing in themselves."The difference between genius and
stupidity is that genius has its limits." (Einstein, I think)
Great article! I think it is ridiculous too. I mean, why even put Cougars as an
option if they were just going to change it anyway? My junior high mascot was
the Sun Devil. I remember some parents wanted it changed because it was
"satanic". They wanted us to be the Sunbeams. I mean, I really like
the primary song, but how embarrassing would it have been to have our Sunbeam
mascot prancing around at the basketball games? Thank goodness the school held
their ground. They are still, 18 years later, the Sun Devils. They obviously
have more sense than the Canyon school district.
Great article Doug, I agree 100%, the Canyons school board is a complete joke
and not worth the money they are paid. We need to vote them all out, every
single one of them, not once have they done anything respectable.
This is a great example of how a democracy doesn't work. The voice of the
people spoke, that should be the end of the discussion.I'd bet that
10 times as many people were offended by this decision than those that would be
offended by a cougar mascot.
Clearly by the other options: falcon, diamondbacks, etc, they were thinking of
middle aged single women when they cast their vote.I would venture
to guess that this school board is made up of middle age single women.
It is sad that society has a habit of corrupting perfectly good words. I quit
wearing my "Cougar" shirt since it has put me in some embarrassing
situations as I am a happily-married, middle-aged woman. It was bad enough when
my OB commented on it, but a scenerio with a ward member didn't look good to the
youth nearby when he was reading aloud my shirt. It didn't help that he was
younger either. I remain a loyal cougar fan, but any future shirts I wear will
say BYU on them.
When I heard about thhis, I thought that some enterprising BYU student could
make a calendar featuring middle aged single coeds at BYU. Perhaps they could
be shown with an impish grin on their faces and their arms around newly returned
RMs who have a look of shock or terror on their faces. The calendar could be
called "The Cougars of BYU". It would sell like hotcakes and could be
a great fundraiser. I'd buy one.
Each and every one of those school board dopes needs to be voted out of office.
Every time I think of a charger, I remember that was where John the Baptists
head was placed after he was killed. I don't even think of a horse. When I
think of cougar, I think of very large pussy cat that lives in the wild and eats
things that used to breath. Oh, and also Kearns High and BYU.The
school board needs to think of better ways to spend their time. Bunch of U fans
that they are.
Just when you think we have plumbed the depths of human foolishness here come
these people. First the kids in New Jersey suspended for 'Tebowing'. Then the 6
year old in Texas (I think) who got whacked for using the word 'cute' to
describe his teacher. Now this. We have gone quite completely insane. The
members of this school board should be taken out and put to work in an oil field
for a couple of years. How do they live in their skin?
I'm glad to see Doug calling out the school board on their ill-considered,
short-sighted, and embarrassing behavior.
Welcome to the United States of The Offended.
Rock Mountain High was the preferred name for Timpview. By now, the negative
connotation has long since diminished and will soon be forgotten as will the
song that inspired it (anyone remember John Denver except us oldies?). The same
will be the fate of the use of Cougar to denote a middle aged woman. The school
will long outlast this passing reference. Let 'em have Cougar!!!
Dear Lonster: It was Mountain View High School and I agree with you that it was
silly. Both the students AND the parents voted to name it Rocky Mountain High
and the school board rejected it. That fact is, the song by John Denver refers
to a natural high by being in the Rocky Mountains. It doesn't refer to drugs.
It was a stupid, excessively sensitive decision.
When you hear something like this, changing mascot names, you know that there
are Democrat liberals involved. Lack of common sense is destroying our
country. If the people running the school are worried about some liberal term,
then we all should be worried about what they are teaching at the school.Instead of changing the name, maybe they should change some people in
administration and on the school board. I am guessing that Chargers would
probably better fit their spending habits.
I came from the Buckeye State, where fans have been waiting for years to change
the name to the Laker State. Never mind that there are no natural lakes within
its borders. At least the name will not offend any animals, races, loose women
or trees. And, the designation worked really well for the team in Los Angeles.
Meantime, alliteration aside, give the board an 'a' for awesome arduous
administrative action. So needed in this day and age of overt offenses.
I laughed my head off. Great article. The mind reels at the heights stupidity
Wow, and these are the folk we've chosen to help run our schools? This is
embarrasingly ridiculous. Come on parents--get this right!
"And she, being before instructed of her mother, said, Give me here John
Baptist's head in a CHARGER." (Matthew 14:8) We certainly can't have a
mascot associated with such an overtly religious and violent reference, can we?
Well written piece, Doug! I laughed out loud at Mr. Cromar's quote about
alliteration. My kindergartener knows what alliteration is - good thing he
doesn't attend a Canyons District school.
I can see the mascot now.......cheerleader with too much make up, mini skirt and
stiletto heals leading the team out onto the field of play. What's not to like?
What a ridiculous "controversy"!!
Oh great. I was hoping it would not come down to this, but I just may have to
change my DNews display name from CaliforniaCougar to CaliforniaCharger. It's
just the right thing to do, I guess. I certainly don't want to offend anyone.
This was just a lesson in modern day politics. The actual will of the people
who voted, was ignored. the option the 'Board' picked wasn't even in mentioned
by those who voiced an opinion. Sounds just like the government, including
local, state, and national.
Funny article Doug, good you didn't post it as a comment it would have never got
past the D News censors.
These people should have their names out there. Here goes..Mont
Millerberg, Kim Murphy Horiuchi, Paul McCarty Tracy Scott Cowdell,
Sherril Taylor, Steve Wrigley, Kevin Craig CromarNow if you voted for any
of these people, be really embarrassed!
Really.... I dont want those on the board teaching my kids anything. Thats a
ridiculas reason for not using the cougar as the school mascot. The board
members need to be replaced with logical thinking individuals.
Let stop pretending the school board is telling the truth. The board is
sprinkled with ute fans who don't want the school to have the same colors and
mascot as BYU. It's really that juvenille. There, the truth is out.
Thank you for the article. I feel that the decision was kind of ridiculous as
This was a great article! How in the world can we hope to teach our children to
face the world when we, as adults, get hung up over such little things. Sorry,
but if "Cougar" as a mascot is offensive to you, then you're simply
TRYING to be offended. But, to me it's the school board's DECISION and what it
infers that should be offensive to middle aged women. Are they saying that
middle-aged women's emotions are so fragile and tender that if you use Cougar as
a mascot, they will take offense and need therapy? If that is what they really
believe, they could never expect those same middle-aged women that teach in
their district to be able to handle a classroom full of teenagers every day
(forget about the mascot)?!! THAT's what's really offensive!
... only in Utah. Sheesh.
"Apparently, it occurs to the people who serve on the school board, which
should be embarrassing.'Ha!
Who hired those people. Talk about being ultra sensitive in the extreme. It's
In this day and age, Chargers are offensive. They are destroying our economy by
charging so much on their credit cards. Clearly these people hate our kids and
expect them to live mired in the surly bonds of financial slavery all their
lives. I'm outraged and want the schoolboards to know that I'll be mortally
offended until you rename your mascot something less offensive. I
know, how about the "Chinese Importers!" or the "Islamic
Terrorists" or the "Illegal Immigrants". Nothing offensive about
those three mascots, but unfortunately those are all I could come up with...
I'd make a few more suggestions but right now, but I'm afraid every
mascot I can come up with has something offensive about it... or will... once
C'mon D Rob, The Board's just trying to justify their existence. I suspect
they've seen too many episodes of 'Cougar Town' with Courtney Cox and have
filled their heads with lacivious thoughts from which they are trying to protect
I especially like how DN's articles can freely call people idiots, but not
Great article.The cross-town opponents of the Indians would of
course be the Pale Faces.
........read about this a week ago. Yeah, pretty dumb. Must have a (cougar) on
the school board. Anything can be offensive or dirty. Just add ( if you know
what Im saying!!! Wink Wink!!)
If a local school board can do this, just think what a national "school
board" could do. The possibilities are endless.
Love the Mark Twain quote. Could replace "school board" with
"politicians". I just want to know: where are these people's minds?
What are they watching? Other than a few low-budget shows with aging sex
symbols, "Cougars" are not in the mainstream media. And
how do we know "chargers" won't become offensive in the next 40
Charger? It is either a warhorse or a large platter or plate that is placed
under a dinner plate at either a fancy eating establishment or a royal banquet.
It is very possible that these elite school board members were thinking of the
second definition rather than the first because having a warhorse as a mascot
would be inciting violence.
Bravo! Well said.
Ute grads/fans on the school board maybe?