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Sat., May 10, 2014

Cancel Rice speech

I was appalled to learn that Whitworth University has slated former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice as Presidential Leadership speaker Oct. 16.

Rice has been accused of war crimes for her admitted role in the use of torture by U.S. troops in Iraq. This by itself should be sufficient deterrent to bringing Rice (an accused war criminal) to speak to our young people, presumably in the status of “role model.”

Financial backers (read advertisers) display an utter lack of discernment which, while not surprising, is nonetheless offensive.

What are they thinking? Role models ought at least not be accused of responsibility for the illegal use of torture.

Personally, I think those who decided to invite Rice need to thoroughly review that decision in light of the seriousness of the allegations against her.

Rice’s selection was a mistake. Not to re-evaluate and correct that mistake now would be what my grandson calls an “epic fail.”

Roseanne Lasater

Spokane Valley



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