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June 18, 2013 at 6:32 AM

David Guterson’s Roosevelt High School graduation address

Pearls falling on boors

I had to take a second look to see that these young people were graduating Roosevelt High School, and not the School of Boorish Behavior. [“Guterson heckled for gloomy speech at Roosevelt graduation,” NW Friday, June 14.]

How sad, shocking and downright rude of these students and probably their parents! Nationally known local author David Guterson attends a graduation ceremony and presents a thought-provoking speech, only to be met by premature applause designed to get him off the subject and podium.

Did these twits learn nothing about openness to the ideas of others and respectful listening? In this situation, texting would have been a better option, as much as I hate to suggest it.

Guterson no doubt has material for his next best-selling book after this experience. Oh, and the musician who made the snide comment should get a copy of the Miss Manners Etiquette Guide.

Graduations, as with many other celebratory events, mark milestones that are about endings and beginnings, excitement and grief, loss and gain, mixed and often conflicting emotions. Unfortunately, many of the graduates did not think deeply enough about the presentation to absorb the pearls of wisdom that the speaker was trying to share. The expression “pearls before swine” comes to mind. Or perhaps Pearls falling on swine!

Kathryn Pratt, Burien

Guterson addressed real issues

I just received a copy of David Guterson’s delivery to the Roosevelt High School graduating class. I applaud him for his courage in “getting inside” the skin and minds of the graduates.

He spoke honestly about issues parents are hesitant to address, perhaps because parents have not yet dealt with these issues. The sex talk is easy. Digging deep into quality of life is so much more complex.

Mary Ann Bailey

Comments | Topics: college, David Guterson, graduation

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