Light asked guests visiting the Mount Soledad Veterans Memorial on Jan. 5 for their thoughts were on the latest court decision regarding the landmark cross, saying it was unconstitutional. Here’s what they had to say:
Friends Beverly Shalek and Jacquie Woods, who walk their dogs every day at the Korean war memorial.
“I thought the whole thing was over with and then it gets dredged up again. It’s just a shame. I don’t know why people object. If they don’t like it, they don’t have to look at it.” —
“The thing is, it’s been here for so long. It’s part of the history of the area.” —
Ken Stowe, formerly of Solana Beach now living in Idaho Falls, Idaho, and Jim Stowe of Escondido.
“It’s perfectly legitimate for people who are bothered by the cross, or the ocean or ice cream, to express their opinions and to use every legal resource they can (to remove the cross). But ultimately, I think this controversy is fueled by the mistaken notion that there is a separation of church and state.”
— Ken Stowe
“It’s a slap in the face of all of us that are Christians. “
— Jim Stowe
student visiting from Connecticut.
“I feel like there’s a lot of religious symbols on public land. Why are they picking on it? I wouldn’t be offended if I went somewhere else and a symbol of a different religion was there. That’s just like saying there shouldn’t be Christmas trees in Times Square — but there are.”
Mr. and Mrs. Alex Jonalyn Balce and family of Chula Vista
“I think it’s up to interpretation. It should stay just because it’s been here a long time.” Alex Balce
“I love it. It’s very nice. It’s good for the kids. It would be a shame to move it. Where would you take it? Mrs. Balce
and family from Escondido
“Whenever my relatives come from Mexico or Northern California I bring them here. It’s a great view. You can see north, south, east and west — the whole city.”