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Letters: Call it what it is

Posted: December 9, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: December 9, 2012 2:00 a.m.

Editor’s note: Signal staff, not city officials, are responsible for the caption. The Festival of Trees, from which the tree was generously purchased in support of Gold Star families and of the Boys & Girls Club of Santa Clarita Valley, calls its entries neither Christmas nor holiday trees.

On page A5 on Nov. 30, The Signal showed a picture of the tree in Santa Clarita City Hall. The caption below read: “Visitors to Santa Clarita City Hall walk past the Gold Star holiday tree at City Hall on Wednesday.”

I believe that the tree pictured is a Christmas tree, as I’m sure the city official who will have time off will be celebrating Christmas.

According to the federal law passed by Ulysses S. Grant in 1870 and signed into law by him: “The bill to make Christmas a holiday was introduced into the House of Representatives by Rep. Burton Chauncey Cook (Illinois). It was approved and passed to the Senate on June 24, 1870, when both houses had agreed on the wording.”

I was wondering if the city of Santa Clarita public officials have gotten so politically correct as to not offend anyone other than Christians, or maybe The Signal had gotten the description of the tree wrong.

Thank you for letting me bloviate and Merry Christmas to all at The Signal and our city officials.



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