To Whom it May Concern:

I am a student at Pierce College and I also work in the Office of Academic Affairs.

I picked up the recent copy of The Roundup and was shocked to see the description used by your writers in a description of Republican Peter Hankwitz.

Your decision to label him a “gay republican” lacks class and any kind of decency.

Can I ask you why it is important when describing a political candidate to label him as the “gay Republican?”

Is being gay his most important or pressing quality?

I don’t care if he is openly gay and wants everyone to know. That is neither here nor there.

Your headline is very insensitive and lacks any kind of class.

In closing, I would like to let you know that my thoughts are echoed by everyone who works in my office, some of who have been at Pierce for 30 years.

Respectfully,Richard Sugiyama


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