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Northwest Voices

Seattle Times letters to the editor

June 28, 2013 at 7:00 AM

SEIU’s attack politics at Woodinville graduation

Organizations should leave politics out of certain events

I recently read the blog excerpt in The Seattle Times regarding the Service Employees International Union with the appearance of a program but that in reality contained “a screed against state Sen. Andy Hill-R Redmond.” [“On The Web: SEIU’s personal attack on Andy Hill at Woodinville High School graduation,” Opinion, June 25.]

This must be the new way of getting a message to people.

I recently attended the commencement of a granddaughter from the University of Washington, and people were handing out what appeared to be programs for the event. Of course, I wanted the program. To my surprise, it was actually filled with information against the speaker, Jon Huntsman, presented by Students United For Palestinian Equal Rights, asking attendees to hold up the enclosed sign when Huntsman came to the podium.

It just seems that some occasions should not be used for these types of messages, such as what occurred at Woodinville High School and the UW commencement. Organizations have the right to get a message to others, but they should also respect what these celebrations represent, and leave the politics out.

Edith Keenan, Lake Stevens

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