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THUMBS UP

I am writing in response to the NFL's decision sanctioning Phoenix, Arizona with the loss of the 1993 Super Bowl. The vote cast by the citizens of Arizona resulted in state-sanctioned bigotry, by ignoring one of America's greatest leaders of individual freedoms, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

By all means Arizona had the right to vote down a holiday honoring a great man, but the NFL has no obligation to have the Super Bowl in Phoenix. It does, however, have an obligation to respect the honor and principles of Americans everywhere -- including the Afro-American football players who consist of 60 percent or more of the entire league.

Neither the NFL, nor America, could turn the other cheek after being slapped in the face by the ugly prejudice hand of so many ignorant people. Two thumbs up for Paul Tagliabue.
K. DiMARTILE
J. MANN
Grand Island

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