For 234 years America has been a beacon of hope not only to those fortunate enough to have been born here, but to people from every nation who yearn for freedom and equality. In New York harbor stands Lady Liberty, and on the statue's base is the famous Emma Lazarus poem, "The New Colossus." The poem's final line reads, "I lift my lamp beside the golden door!" Lady Liberty's outstretched hand holding the lamp is a symbol of America, known throughout the world. People from all walks of life and countries have wept when sailing into the harbor, as did American servicemen and women returning from foreign wars. My wish for this 4th of July is that we all take a moment to think about our hard-won freedoms and not take them for granted. One great freedom is the right to own property and to consider a man's home his castle! We have heard this for years, but it is a right that so many people will never have.
Have a safe and happy Independence Day celeration!