Regarding the Nov. 25 editorial "Let the cross stand":
My father was born in the South, served in the U.S. Navy during World War I and was a proud member of the Jewish War Veterans. I don't think he would have felt his service honored by a cross — a symbol used in the Crusades and the Inquisition and by the Ku Klux Klan.
The purpose that would be served by removal of a war memorial cross from public land is very much alive and recognized by the editorial: The cross excludes those of different faiths, the antithesis of this country's First Amendment.
A. Gothard Loeb, Gaithersburg
There is a neat compromise to the situation with the Bladensburg Peace Cross. The side arms of the cross could be cut off and patches applied to make the sides smooth all the way up. This would turn the cross into an impressive pillar, and the name could be changed to Peace Pillar. Its function as a memorial to war dead would remain intact.
I favor the removal of all religious symbols from government property, but suitable compromises can help with this.
Alan E. Johnsrud, Arlington