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By Sheila Stone

Sacred songs are for sacred season

Letter to the Editor


To the Editor:

When we moved to Goldendale from Tualatin, Ore., 10 years ago we moved from a school district which still allowed the singing of religious music in the Christmas programs, and so we were very happy to see that the same held true in the high school here. A few years ago an attempt was made to change that, and we were encouraged to see the community stand up for one of those deeply held traditions that District Superintendent Mark Heid spoke of in the Oct. 31 Sentinel article about the dispute over sacred songs in our high school Christmas program.

Since Christmas is a religious holiday, celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ, excluding sacred music seems, at the very least, silly. The argument of religious versus atheist aside, sacred and secular music exist and are worthy of study, and so it seems entirely reasonable to do that in a school at Christmas time.

I would hope that the beliefs of two individuals would not change one of the many wonderful things about this community. Mr. Siegel, Mrs. Stout and Mrs. Kruse do an incredible job every year teaching our kids the arts, and we need to support them in their choices.


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