I was extremely disappointed with The Spokesman-Review’s Jan. 22 coverage of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day march and rally in Olympia. Your focus on, and picture of, the young woman who took off her shirt was sensational, unprofessional, and it detracted from the serious intent and purpose of the 80 Spokanites who traveled to the Capitol to march, rally and speak with our legislators regarding the real needs of their constituents.
I am a retired master’s degreed social worker with 25 years of experience in health care. I carefully reinforced the very personal stories of the three young women (all university students) who explained to the staff of Sen. Mike Padden and Rep. Matthew Shea why they needed state assistance; so they could finish their education and become productive members of society. I was in the middle of the crowd of 300 from around the state rallying for economic and social justice on the Capitol steps, and I knew nothing of the antics of the pictured woman until I read your newspaper. Her actions were not our focus; they should not have been yours.