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Poll: Are You a Fan of the Peace Candle?

Is Easton's most visibile holiday tradition something you love or hate?

Earlier this week, Easton Mayor Sal Panto announced a fundraising campaign to replace the city's Peace Candle, the giant holiday decoration placed over Centre Square's monument.

Soon after we , we got this comment:

FINALLY!!!!!!! It's still an ugly monstrosity, but at least the drippings will match the color of the candle.

How much money will they accept to keep the new one from being built?

(The "drippings" remark refers to the top of the candle, which is designed to look like it's melting. For some reason, the drippings on the current version of the candle are blue, even though the candle itself is white.)

I admit, I chuckled at the notion of someone paying the city not to put up the candle, even though I don't consider it a "monstrosity." 

Yeah, no one's going to mistake the candle for, say, the Hagia Sophia, but I like the way it brings people together . 

Still, I know that not everyone feels the same way. Thirty years ago, a group of 90 residents asked the city to discontinue the candle, calling it a "garish symbol of inner-city decadence." (That's according to the Peace Candle's pretty exhaustive Wikapedia entry.)

More recently -- in 2003 -- the Morning Call's Steve Esack wrote that he found the candle "lame," and interviewed a few residents who shared his feelings.

Nine years later, we want to know who still feels that way. Tell us in the comments, and take our poll.

louis kootsares August 28, 2012 at 06:01 PM
robert rabinsky has one heck of a point i must say, i am pro candle.. but even when i was a small kid i wondered about that
Al August 30, 2012 at 08:58 PM
I think anyone who sacrificed their life for this country would support something that brings this community together for "good" and would not mind the statue being covered for the holiday. And by this community I am of course including Muslims, and everyone else. The reason, by the way, those Americans sacrificed in the first place was for our freedoms, including freedom of religion. As for ugly or not, it represents peace and the holiday spirit. Keep it, replace it with something nicer, it won't matter because this community is strong and getting stronger each year. The feeling on the square during the holidays comes from our hearts, not from the candle.
DOTTIE I. TRAVIS October 31, 2012 at 12:24 AM
HOLY COW, WHAT ARE YOU ONE OF THOSE FREAKS THAT HATE CHRISTMAS. I LOVE THE CHRISTMAS CANDLE, I GREW UP IN EASTON PA. WHENT TO SCHOOL THERE AND CHURCH. GLAD I AINT THERE IF THERES FREAKS LIKE YOU THERE. SHEESH...
DOTTIE I. TRAVIS October 31, 2012 at 12:25 AM
WHY DOSE EVERY IDIOT WANT TO GET RID OF THE EASTON CHRISTMAS CANDLE, SHEESH, THIS AINT THE EASTON I GREW UP AND WHENT TO SCHOOL IN, I LOVE THAT CHRISTMAS CANDLE
DOTTIE I. TRAVIS October 31, 2012 at 12:29 AM
OH FOR GODS SAKE LET IT THE HECK ALONE SUCH PETTINESS IS SICKNING I LOVE THAT CANDLE AND THE SEASON IT STANDS FOR . GET A LIFE FOR HEAVENS SAKE I DONT HEAR TH SOLDIERS COMPLAINING DO YOU

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