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Here is a list of the editorials, commentary, and opinion pieces written against the site and/or design of the National WWII Memorial in Newspapers and Magazines since 1995.


1. "A Singular Space For a WWII Memorial", Opinion piece by William Manning in The Washington Post. 10/1/95

2. "A Democratic Approach for Our WWII Memorial" Opinion piece by Paul D. Spreiregen in The Washington Post. 5/5/96

3. "Memorial Madness-A war memorial competition threatens to diminish a precious national site." Editorial by Deborah K. Dietsch in Architecture Magazine. 7/1/96

4. "Proposed WWII Memorial Site is Land Worth Fighting Over", Commentary by Roger K. Lewis in The Washington Post . 8/17/96

5. "Tactical Error-WWII Monument Site Is No Place for a Museum", Opinion piece by Benjamin Forgey in The Washington Post. 9/7/96

6. "Wrong Place For a Monument" ,Opinion piece by James P. McGrath in The Washington Post. 9/8/96

7. "Capital Offense-An overblown war memorial will destroy a sacred site on the National Mall." Editorial by Deborah K. Dietsch in Architecture Magazine. 3/1/97

8. "Please, Not Another Monument on Our Mall∑", Commentary by Bill Press in The Washington Post. 3/2/97

9. "Not The Only Place For a Monument", Opinion piece by Martin W.G. King in The Washington Post. 3/9/97

10. "Right Time, Wrong Place-The WWII memorial shouldn't be built on the Mall", Opinion piece by Joseph J. Ellis (Professor of History at Mount Holyoke College; author of American Sphinx: The Character of Thomas Jefferson) in The New York Times. 3/24/97

11. "A Misplaced Memorial", Editorial in The Boston Globe. 4/7/97

12. "Don't Build It Here! A WWII Memorial: Great Idea, Wrong Spot", Commentary by Charles Krauthammer in Time Magazine. 4/15/97

13. "The Meaning of Monuments", Commentary piece by Gary Wills in The Washington Post. 4/27/97

14. "The Mall, Unhallowed-Putting WWII Memorial there would deface nation's ground", Opinion piece by Steven Litt, Architecture Critic in The Cleveland Plain Dealer. 5/11/97

15. "Too Much for the Mall?", Editorial in The Cleveland Plain Dealer. 5/13/97

16. "World War II Memorial Plan Needs Revision", Opinion piece by Roger K. Lewis in The Washington Post. 5/17/97

17. "Monumental Overload-Let's rethink the Reflecting Pool site", Opinion piece by Senator Bob Kerrey in The Washington Post. 5/18/97

18. "A WWII Memorial-Get it right", Opinion piece by Waldo Proffitt (WWII Veteran) in Sarasota Herald-Tribune. 5/25/97

19. "Though site should be reconsidered, WWII Memorial is long overdue", Opinion piece in The Buffalo News. 5/26/97

20. "Critic at Large, "Government Work", Commentary by John Beardsley in Landscape Design. 5/29/97

21. "Fourth of July fizzle", Editorial in USA Today. 6/6-8/97

22. "Stop Rallying Round the Flags, Boys", Opinion piece by Fred Hiatt in an unidentified Florida newspaper. 6/28/97

23. "Hallowed Ground in Jeopardy-Keep the Mall as It is", Editorial in The New York Times. 7/4/97

24. "One Mall, Indivisible", Opinion piece by Paul Spreiregen in The Washington Post. 7/6/97

25. "A Monumental Mistake", Editorial in The Hill. 7/9/97

26. "The Rape of the Mall", Opinion piece by Bill Press in The Washington Times. 7/31/97

27. "The Monument and the Mall", Editorial in The Cleveland Plain Dealer. 7/31/97

28. "Let's Build it but not there!" Opinion piece by Veda Ponikvar in the Chisholm Tribune Press. 8/27/97

29. September, 1997: "Monument Rejection-A federal review raises the opportunity to rethink a major memorial's design and site", Editorial by Deborah K. Dietsch in Architecture Magazine. 9/1/97

30. "A Monumental Insult", Editorial in The Washington Times. 3/14/98

31. "Room Without a View", Opinion piece by Benjamin Forgey in The Washington Post. 5/16/98

32. "Best Would be a Winning Memorial that Saves the Mall", Opinion piece by Roger Lewis in The Washington Post. 5/30/98

33. "Memorial Mistake", Commentary by Judy Scott Feldman, Trustee of the Committee of 100 on the Federal City in The Washington Post. 7/4/99

34. "Wanted: The Friendly Neighborhood Monument", Commentary by Rudolph A. Pyatt, Jr in The Washington Post. 9/9/99

35. "Comments: Monuments." Editorial in The Wall Street Journal. 9/13/99

36. "Remembering WWII With a New Museum Needs More Thought", Opinion piece by Roger K. Lewis in The Washington Post. 11/27/99

37. "Where Were We in '95?-In the Dark", Opinion piece by Neil B. Feldman in The Washington Post. 6/11/00

38. "Benson's View", Editorial Cartoon satirizing the WWII Memorial site by Steve Benson in The Arizona Republic. 6/21/00

39. "WWII Memorial Should be built in Virginia", Commentary by Sherman Pratt (WWII Veteran) in The Alexandria Journal. 6/22/00

40. "The Battle of the Mall", Commentary by Jonathan Yardley in The Washington Post. 7/3/00

41. "Varied Visions of Embattled War Memorial", Commentary by Marc Fisher in The Washington Post. 7/4/00

42. "Ambush on the Mall", Commentary by Jonathan Yardley in The Washington Post. 7/10/00

43. "At Last! A WWII Memorial that's Grandiose And Practical" - Richard's Poor Almanac Series, Satiric Cartoon by Richard Thompson in The Washington Post. 7/16/00

44. "Planned Memorial Would Damage Prime Piece of Real Estate", Commentary by Christopher Knight in the Los Angeles Times. 7/19/00

45. "Wrong Thing, Wrong Place", Editorial in The Los Angeles Times. 7/19/00

46. "WWII Memorial Misplaced", Editorial in USA Today. 7/20/00

47. "A Memorial, Yes, But What About Its Message?", Commentary by Marc Fisher in The Washington Post. 7/22/00

48. "It was a war so big, with invasions of so much territory, we thought it only appropriate-", Editorial Cartoon by Herblock in The Washington Post. 7/28/00

49. "The WWII Memorial: Inadequate and Out of Place", Commentary in The Washington Post by Charles Krauthammer. 7/28/00

50. "Much ado about the Mall", Commentary by Philip Terzian, associate editor, in The Providence Journal. 7/28/00

51. "Trying to See the World War II Memorial From a Future Perspective" plus "Modified Memorial Retains Grandeur", two Commentaries by Roger Lewis in The Washington Post. 7/29/00

52. "Talk of the Town - Comment: Not In Our Front Yard", Commentary by Paul Goldberger in The New Yorker. 8/7/00

52. "Wars and Remembrance-The WWII Memorial Dispute is a case of Déjà vu all over again", Opinion piece by Alexandro M. Padro; "Our doughboys deserve to be honored too", Opinion piece by Jan Scruggs; and, "Why add a memorial when we neglect the ones we have?", Opinion piece by Andrew Blas in The Washington Post. 8/13/00

53. "Inheritance Endangered-A big, bold plan to erect a WWII Monument on the grounds of the Lincoln Memorial, disturbing that U.S. Landmark, sends a signal that our historical preservation laws can be cracked." Commentary by Christopher Knight, Art Critic, in The Los Angeles Times. 8/22/00

54. "Washington's Last Stand", Commentary by Jonathan Yardley in The Washington Post. 8/28/00

55. "Mall Madness-Nothing will stop clique that is supporting ugly, intrusive World War II Memorial", Commentary by Jonathan Yardley in The Repository (Canton, Ohio). 9/1/00

56. "War and Regret"-The proposed WWII Memorial has won another victory in its fight to take hold of the National Mall. But at what cost?", Commentary by Bradford McKee in Architecture Magazine. 9/1/00

57. "From Here to Eternity", Commentary by Glenn Brown in the The Economist. 9/9/00

58. "Tunnel Vision: A Compromise for the Mall", Commentary by Jonathan Yardley in The Washington Post. 9/11/00

59. "Review & Outlook: Mauling the Mall", Editorial in the Wall Street Journal. 9/15/00

60. "Capital Offense-The Œfinished' design for the proposed WWII memorial is up for approval, without an artist for its dominant sculpture-more evidence of process gone awry.", Commentary by Christopher Knight, Art Critic in The Los Angeles Times. 9/20/00

61. "WWII Memorial: Sound the Retreat-Proposed structure is insensitive and would celebrate the authoritarianism that U.S. troops died opposing.", Commentary by Nicolai Ouroussoff, Architecture Critic in The Los Angeles Times. 9/20/00

62. "Honor WWII Vets, but not on Mall", Editorial in The Atlanta Constitution. 9/20/00

63. "No to Mussolini Moderne", Editorial in The Los Angeles Times. 9/21/00

64. "Don't Mar the Mall", Editorial in The New York Times. 9/24/00

65. "Washington, DC 2020 A.D. National Memorial Maze & Monumental Garden" - Richard's Poor Almanac Series, Satiric Cartoon by Richard Thompson in The Washington Post. 9/24/00

66. "Anatomy of an Eyesore: Monumental Error", Commentary by Joseph Fishkin in The New Republic. 9/25/00

67. "National Mall: Keeping things simple", Editorial in The St. Louis Post-Dispatch. 9/26/00

68. "The Berlin Wall of Washington", Opinion piece by Dwayne A. Day in The Washington Post. 10/1/00

69. "Sizing Up Grandeur: Big Walls that Diminish the Mall", Commentary by Roger K. Lewis in The Washington Post. 10/7/00

70. "Correspondent's Report: Plan for Veterans' Monument Stirs Debate", Commentary by John H. Cushman, Jr. in The New York Times. 10/8/00

71. "The Mall Shrank", Editorial by Robert A. Ivy, FAIA, in The Architectural Record. 10/8/00

72. "World War II Vets Memorial Would Desecrate the National Mall", Commentary by Tony Illia in The San Francisco Examiner & Chronicle. 10/8/00

73. "A Case of Too Much Love, Too Soon", Commentary by Bruce J. Schulman in The Los Angeles Times. 10/8/00

74. "New Site for War Memorial", Editorial in the Hartford Courant. 10/12/00

75. "Looks like an officers club∑a German officers club." Drawingboard/Conrad - Editorial Cartoon in the style of Bill Mauldin's legendary WWII drawings by Paul Conrad in The Los Angeles Times. 10/16/00

76. "WWII Memorial-Let's Reconsider the Site in the Nation's Capital." Editorial in The Ft. Worth Star-Telegram. 10/24/00

77. "Ground Broken on Memorial In Perspective: Veteran's Day" Commentary in The Reno Gazette-Journal. 11/12/00

* 78. "Memorials Wall-to-Wall Are Feared", Commentary in The Washington Post by Linda Wheeler and Steve Twomey. 11/13/00

79. "Save the Mall", Editorial by Jon Wiener in The Nation. 11/13/00

80. "Memorial Approved for Capital Mall, but Battle Rages On", Commentary in American Planning Associations Planning magazine. 11/13/00

81. "A Scourge of War Not Worthy of This Battlefield", Commentary by Marc Fisher in The Washington Post. 11/14/00

82. "Not in Our Front Yard", Commentary by Jonathan Yardley in The Washington Post. 11/20/00

83. "Greetings, President-Elect Whichever You May Be", Editorial Cartoon by Herblock in The Washington Post. 11/23/00

84. "The Battle of the Mall is not over yet", Commentary by Welton Jones, Critic-at-Large in The San Diego Union-Tribune. 1/21/01

85. "Mumbling Monuments", by Michael J. Lewis (professor of American Art at Williams College) in Commentary magazine, Vol. III, No. 2. 2/1/01

86. "Turning Memory Into Travesty", Commentary by Michael Kimmelman, Art Critic in The New York Times. 3/4/01

87. "Our Monuments, Our Selves The Decline of Memorial Architecture", Commentary in The Weekly Standard by Catesby Leigh. 3/5/01

88. "MONUMENTS STALLED", Commentary by Sam Smith in The Progressive Review. 3/9/01

89. "Getting the Memorial Right - II Memorial Won't Rise to Occasion" Commentary by Catesby Leigh in The Washington Times. 3/12/01

90. "A Memorial to Bludgeon Tactics", Editorial in The Los Angeles Times. 4/4/01

91. "Stand in the Middle of the Mall and Look Around", Commentary by George Will on ABC's This Week with Sam Donaldson and Cokie Roberts. 4/8/01

92. "Hope for The Mall's Heart", Commentary by Jonathan Yardley in The Washington Post. 4/9/01

93. "The Gabbiest Generation", Commentary by Maureen Dowd in The New York Times. 4/25/01

94. "Avoid a Monumental Disaster", Editorial in The Los Angeles Times. 5/8/01

95. "Memorial Mistake", Editorial in Roll Call. 5/17/01

96. "Memorial Wars", Editorial in USA Today. 5/18/01

97. "An Honor Unfit For the Site Or the Soldiers", Commentary by Marc Fisher in The Washington Post. 5/19/01

98. "Congress Needs to Fight Fair Over Memorial", Commentary by Christopher Knight, Art Critic in The Los Angeles Times. 5/19/01

99. "A War Memorial to End All Memorials", Editorial by Susan Nielsen, Reach Associate Editor of The Portland Oregonian. 5/20/01

100. "Time to Act Senatorial", Commentary by Jonathan Yardley in The Washington Post. 5/21/01

101. "McLaughlin attacks Congress for fascist behavior", Commentary by John McLaughlin on The McLaughlin Group, Syndicated TV show. 5/26-27/01

102. "Monumental Mistake", Editorial in The Boston Globe. 5/27/01

103. Editorial by Guy Friddell in The Virginian Pilot. 5/28/01

104. "Monumental Mistake", Editorial by Paul Greenberg in The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. 5/30/01

105. "World War II Memorial a Classic Example of Excess", Commentary by Sally Kalson in The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. 5/30/01

106. "Bad Idea, Bad Spot for WWII Memorial", Commentary by Roger Ebert in The Chicago Sun-Times. 6/1/01

107. "A Memorial Shouldn't Distract From the Ideas Defended", Editorial in The Akron Beacon-Journal. 6/1/01

108. "A Touch of Albert Speer: Washington Gets a Huge WWII Monument - but the Memorial in Gold, Bronze and Granite Revisits the Aesthetic of the Defeated Enemy", Commentary by Carlos Widmann in Der Spiegel. 6/2/01

109. "New War Memorial Is Shrine to Sentiment", Commentary by Herbert Muschamp, Architecture Critic, in The New York Times. 6/7/01

110. "The WWII Memorial", Editorial in The Buffalo News. 6/10/01

111. "A Monument To Distorted Priorities", Commentary by Arianna Huffington. 6/11/01

112. "Marble Miasma", Commentary by Sam Smith in The Progressive Review. 6/14/01

113. "Too Bad - You Deserved a Good One Like Ours", Editorial Cartoon by Herblock in The Washington Post. 6/15/01




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