Craig Recently, the Craig Daily Press has run stories involving the Craig Women's Hockey team.
The team has, by all accounts, been very successful on the ice and has represented Craig in an outstanding way, especially considering that Craig is not normally thought of as winter sports Mecca or hockey powerhouse.
Most of the team's members are mothers.
They go to church.
And they work as educators, law enforcement officials, business owners and a variety of other important positions in the community.
To some readers, the name of the team, the Puck Ewes, is offensive.
Some readers feel that the name means more than just representing sheep, which are a big part of Craig's history along with hockey. Some feel that the Daily Press should discontinue coverage of the team or not mention the name.
It brings to light the following: What connotations can be read into certain words and should there be concern about someone's fun?
The national media, television shows and movies have all made the use of connotations reflecting words or pictures that cannot or should not be said or shown, to allow the public to understand what was really meant.
What has happened to our flipping society these days?
Should we even friggen care? Does it freeking matter?
Who are you to think that the F-word is not an appropriate adjective to be used at least twice in every sentence?
What the puck is the difference?
One of Craig's toughest rivalries was against the Mother Puckers of Steamboat Springs (haven't seen them lately). The games were always intense but enjoyable with a lot of pucking around by both teams.
One game on the pond at Loudy-Simpson Park saw a duck get struck by a puck, the game was halted until the pucked duck came to his senses gathered the other ducks and got the flock out of there. Great possibility for a story huh?
Is this fun or even cute?
Will a student get in trouble if he acknowledges at school that his teacher is a Puck Ewe? What if the same student tells another that his mother is a Puck Ewe, are those fighting words? (At one time, problems could happen if one said that another's mother wore combat boots).
Will the Church leader be able to acknowledge his church member's accomplishments on the ice as a Puck Ewe? Can you get pucked and be arrested for saying that a law enforcement official is a Puck Ewe?
If you are offended by some of the words or connotations in this opinion you are not alone.
We get what is really meant by them. The question is why is this appropriate in our area? Could it be because we are so "with it" in today's world?
Are we desensitized because we are constantly bombarded with these messages, could it be that we are a bunch of rednecks just having fun?
We hope you are offended because of what our society feels is appropriate today not only for adults but also for children?
Are we allowing our world to redefine our morals and values? Should we buy into the degradation, or is respect and dignity still something we can aspire to?
Because the world thinks it is alright, is it too much for us as individuals and a community to say enough is enough. Or is everything just fine.