As a naturalized citizen, having traveled and worked around the world for 30 years I could kiss the ground on each return to be thankful  to be living in this adopted country. In visits to the campus I would always stand by the statue eager to explain to bewildered visitors who John Witherspoon was. The signers to the Declaration of Independence were hunted by the British.  Princeton and surrounding areas were battlefields where men died to give us the country and freedoms we have today. Sadly it took another 80 years and over half a million deaths to end slavery.

The statue should remind us of the history of this country, good and bad, and that is why the statue must remain.