Following the recent non-binding referendum in the Dartmouth town election, which showed the vast majority of voters preferred to retain the school logo and name, there have been editorials concerned that the School Committee might still ignore the so-called will of the voters.
First, let us remember that the voters who voted are a small fraction of those eligible to vote, so the “will” is hardly a legitimate opinion poll of the whole town. More importantly, why not view the discontinuation of the use of the name and logo as an opportunity to select a name and logo that more genuinely represent the town in the present day?
For example, Padanaram Harbor is known throughout our region, and boating is a huge part of the town. Why not have a boating logo and call our town athletes the “Navigators,” for example? How about taking this as an opportunity to have a contest to pick a new name and logo?
— Barrett Hurwitz, Dartmouth
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