The fact of the matter is that the Supreme Court, whose job it is to decide what is constitutional, has ruled, repeatedly, that this kind of thing (memorial) cannot go up on publicly owned land (“One man’s idea not set in stone,” The Daily Astorian, Jan. 5). This is not new. It has been around for a long time.

While I sympathize with the Nevas (I lost my oldest son four years ago), if they want this memorial up the way that it is described, then they need to put it on private property, not on public land.

This has nothing to do with who believes in God, or whether there is belief at all. This has to do with the Constitution and the law. The only way that I can see this memorial being approved is if the Nevas don’t have the picture put on it, and use a standard line of religions.

At the bottom of the page at, there is a logo that encompasses most religions. I feel that it is worth checking into. I don’t speak for The Monastery, but I don’t see why they wouldn’t allow this symbol to be put on this memorial.


Long Beach, Wash.