Congratulations to the City Council for ridding this city of the scourge of nativity scenes on city property, even if it was done under the questionable guise of “economic and environmental impact (“City Hall declares nativity scenes ouster a success,” April 7).” Perhaps they should next tackle an even bigger symbol of religiosity that casts a shadow over this entire city — the name itself. How can we be all inclusive when our very name is that of a (gasp) Catholic saint? How’s that for an endorsement of religion? We must protect the children.

Gary Starr

Santa Monica

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