Sea-Tac removed all Christmas trees in response to a request from a rabbi who desired to put up a menorah in tribute to the Jewish holiday. Instead of granting this simple request, they removed all the Christmas trees instead! Just a little overreaction by Sea-Tac officials, wouldn’t you say?
But after the story made national news, officials reconsidered their poor decision.
The port’s commissioner admits the move to remove the trees may have been a bit hasty … after taking the trees down last week, Sea-Tac officials reconsidered. Port of Seattle Commissioner John Creighton told the Seattle Post-Intelligencer: “In hindsight, we probably should have handled this in a more deliberate and thoughtful manner… I can think of at least three out of five commissioners who would like to see the trees back up.”
But why the controversy in the first place? Placing a menorah is a simple and reasonable request, as the Jewish holiday begins soon. It’s been reported the rabbi even volunteered to pay for the menorah himself so it’s not a cost issue. Why the overreaction?
While this is a ridiculous situation, at least the officials recognized their poor decision and reversed it. Perhaps a little national attention prodded them, but at least they did the right thing in the end. Everyone makes mistakes; give them credit for fixing the situation and admitting their error. Perhaps other politicians and government officials could learn from this. When you make mistakes, admit them and apologize.