This cross on Mount Soledad is making national news
lately as it's the center of a church-state debate. The atheists want
it removed, even though
it's been standing on top of this coastal hilltop for year. Yes, it's
a cross, but I've thought of it more as a landmark than a religious symbol.
One strategy to keep the cross here has been to designate the city park
where it stands as a veteran's memorial. That didn't fly with the opponents,
however, and it's still a major controversy. We voted on a Mt. Soledad-related
ballot issue this past November, but none of us could figure out for
sure what would happen to the cross if either side won. I'd like it to
stay put, personally, because it's the site where Susan and I decided
to get marriedon March 3, 1980, as we were sitting on the southwest steps
looking out upon the lights of the city at 9:00 pm or so. If you come
visit San Diego, remind me to take you up here, so you can see a 360-degree
view of our "America's Finest City."