Judy Scott Feldman has been a staunch opponent of the location of the proposed World War II Memorial ["Memorial Mistake," Close to Home, July 4]; so have I. She has argued eloquently about its hugely wrong siting and its negative impact on the Mall.

She goes far afield in her critique of the design, however. The memorial's earlier renditions were plainly massive and overwhelming, especially the Bernini-like colonnade, but that has been largely corrected. Ms. Feldman's attribution of "Third Reich" images and an Adolf Hitler drawing to the memorial, on the other hand, are extreme, offensive and strictly in the eye of the beholder. I am surprised The Post would publish Ms. Feldman's inflammatory assessment. Dozens of other opponents testified against the World War II Memorial at the National Capital Planning Commission, including me, but none faulted it on the grounds cited by Ms. Feldman.

Far from seeing Nuremberg written all over this monument, I saw a graceful, pleasing, low-slung design, carefully worked out to meet many objections. All of this begs the essential question, however, and that is the memorial's wrong location. In one of the most outrageous "land grabs" in history, the symmetry and symbolism of the Mall are going to be irretrievably ruined if this memorial is built on the Rainbow Pool site.

This is monumentalism run amok. Land held in trust for the nation is being sacrificed on the altar of political correctness and political pressure. No matter what its aesthetic appeal, an inappropriately sited monument is an eyesore forever.



Judy Feldman argues convincingly against the construction of a gigantic World War II Memorial on the National Mall. As she says, the proposed design "goes against the qualities of openness and natural beauty that make the Mall a national treasure."

Who is pushing this 7.4 acre design? Not the World War II veterans themselves; I've yet to talk to another veteran who favors defacing the Mall with this memorial. Apparently not Ms. Feldman's group, the Committee of 100 on the Federal City. Who else, except for a few strident voices?

The Post is fond of conducting polls. How about polling two groups before it is too late: Veterans of World War II and the general population. The results of these polls might suggest that we reject the proposed memorial design and preserve the beauty of the Mall for present and future generations.


Port Republic, Md.