As a former Californian and frequent visitor to the state, I read with interest about the Santa Monica City Council’s decision not to display the nativity scene this year. Because I understand how offensive one person’s belief can be to another, I don’t understand why the council allows the city to continue displaying a statue of Santa Monica. How offensive is that?

Taking it a step further, why do you allow your city to be named after this saint? I suggest you change the name to another, more appropriate atheistic name. And why stop there? How about changing the names of El Pueblo de Nuestra Se√±ora la Reina de los Angeles de Porciuncula (Los Angeles, for short), San Francisco, San Diego, Sacramento, and every other city or town in California having a “religious” name. It’s possible that if this action were taken, other states would follow your example, i.e., San Antonio, Texas, St. Petersburg, Fla., St. Paul, Minn., etc.

The Communists knew how to handle this sort of problem, changing the name of St. Petersburg to Leningrad, for example. You see how that turned out.

Here’s wishing you a very merry holiday, coming from old English and meaning “Holy Day.” (Oops, better change that, too!)


Loretta Mitro

Bridgeport, Conn.

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