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Tutu visit would be great

I read Shawn Vestal’s April 20 column regarding Desmond Tutu being asked to be the commencement speaker at Gonzaga University’s graduation. It was very thought-provoking! No matter what a person believes, whether you are pro-choice or anti-gay or whatever, Tutu is a genuine human being who has changed the world. This one man has the courage to stand up for his beliefs.

I respect the Catholic Church and its beliefs. I think in this case, though, that if Gonzaga were to deny this man the chance to touch so many more lives, it would be a shame. I, for one, would never respect Gonzaga if it were to deny this once-in-a-lifetime chance.

Isn’t it time that everyone crawled out from under their rocks and realized that the world is a different place now? Let the world know that Spokane, and especially Gonzaga, knows that we all belong. Tutu speaking in our lovely city would be so wonderful. Like Spokane is on a spring day.

Natalie Gibb



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