We need to learn from our youth

The Olympian - - Opinion -

Thank you for pub­lish­ing the re­cent ed­i­to­rial from the Walla Walla Union-Bul­letin re­gard­ing the Univer­sity of Wash­ing­ton’s se­ri­ous bus ac­ci­dent in­volv­ing so many of their band mem­bers as they were trav­el­ing to Pull­man for the Ap­ple Cup foot­ball game.

The kind­ness and as­sis­tance those in­jured and scared UW kids re­ceived from the good cit­i­zens in the Ge­orge area was heart­warm­ing enough. But then the young peo­ple, and their adult lead­ers, in the WSU band rose above. When hear­ing of the ac­ci­dent, they quickly learned, and played, the “fight song” of their bit­ter ri­vals from Seat­tle in their ab­sence from the big game — even as the home team was los­ing. Wow.

I never at­tended ei­ther of these great uni­ver­si­ties, but I’m guess­ing that the in­ten­sity of their “friendly ri­valry” sur­passes even that of our mod­ern po­lit­i­cal di­vide.

When will we old peo­ple ever learn to em­u­late the com­pas­sion and in­nate wis­dom of the young?

– Dwayne Slate, Olympia

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