It’s rather insulting to have someone tell you that you’re not patriotic enough. This is nowhere more true than here in Costa Mesa, given our rich heritage of patriotism going back to the Santa Ana Army Air Base of World War II, the land that now hosts City Hall, Orange Coast College and the fairgrounds.
Plus, many of the airmen who passed through the air base liked what they saw and settled down in Costa Mesa after the war. As a result, our city is probably more patriotic than most. Yet, a perceived “unpatriotic” citizenry might be the motivation behind Mayor Pro Tem Wendy Leece’s desire to post the words “In God We Trust” on the wall behind the dais in Council Chambers.
Not that she accuses us of being unpatriotic. The way she puts it is that she only wants to encourage us to be more patriotic. Excuse me, but where’s the evidence that we’re not patriotic enough? This motto idea is a solution in search of a problem. We don’t need it here in Costa Mesa. We should keep City Hall walls as they are.