How ironic that the secondary headline “Mall obelisk will glow nightly while it heals beneath scaffolding” [Metro, July 9] appeared directly below a teaser about Defense Department furloughs.

The article about the Washington Monument being illuminated did not mention the cost of lighting or where the funding is coming from. The director of the National Park Service says there is a “simple reason” for the new lighting: “We want it to look attractive because it’s going to look like this for the next 12 months.” In this time of budget cuts and furloughs, I’m not certain “because it looks pretty” is enough of a reason to spend what I’m sure amounts to a nice chunk of change.

Beth Felsen, Burke