Lady Liberty and Democracy (1.14.2021)
Updated: 5 days ago
I took this picture of the Statue of Liberty with my Fisher-Price pocket camera when I was seven years old. My parents and I had driven down to New York City to visit Ellis Island. They told me stories of my grandparents emigrating from Scotland, and I was excited to see what welcomed them.
I was awed by Lady Liberty’s stately magnificence and quickly took the picture as the boat sailed by. The tour guide shared that the statue was a gift to the United States from France, which really struck me. Countries gave each other gifts? Apparently, they do when they believe strongly in what the other country is doing. The Statue of Liberty may not seem as towering to me now, but I remain in awe of what she represents. She is an enduring symbol of democracy (one that requires us to participate), standing strong and lighting the way to anyone, in any kind of weather. As our country welcomes a new national leadership that once again supports these fundamental ideas, I look forward to being a part of this new beginning on the local level and helping to give our children and grandchildren a future we can believe in. I will work with a sense of urgency to restore the collective faith in our democracy and government. I will continue to work on an issue that I took to the Manlius Town Board in 2019, transparency in government. The County Legislature has long been controlled by a small few in the majority, which I know does not truly represent the needs of all of Onondaga County. Once we involve the people -- all people -- in the process, our fractured trust and faith can be renewed. I can’t wait to serve you further, and I appreciate your ongoing support. Warm Regards, Heather