Mike Zampa makes an argument in his upcoming May 4 column that it might be time to take down the Lafayette crosses:
“Thereâ€™s nothing wrong with global exposure for little Lafayette. Weâ€™ve inserted ourselves into the worldâ€™s most troubling debate. Notoriety comes with the territory and we deserve it.
Trouble is discourse is moving away from the issue. We seem to have stopped talking about Iraq. Instead, weâ€™re caught up in a thicket of side issues raised by opponents of the crosses to the City Council. The concerns include:
Do the crosses violate Lafayetteâ€™s sign ordinance?
Should they be made of inflammable material instead of wood?
Are weeds on the hillside a fire hazard? (Believe it or not, someone actually went out there to measure them).
This kind of bickering goes on all the time in small towns. But it usually involves neighbors complaining about the guy who wonâ€™t remove his recycling bin from the curb on garbage day.
What began as a comment about war, peace and maybe the First Amendment is now a back yard brawl. And reporters love it.”