Letter: ‘Wretched refuse’ strengthens America

From “The New Colossus” by Emma Lazarus

“Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame, With conquering limbs astride from land to land; Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.

“ ‘Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp! cries she With silent lips. Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.

Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!’ ”

Lighten up, Bobby. We absorbed you, your family and many more, yet America did not fall. On the contrary, we prospered.

William Lindsey Adams

social services/managed care for an insurance company, retired

Baton Rouge