It does not always take an organized non-profit to help someone in need. Take the case of Caroline Hubbard, also known as “Miss H,” who was homeless for close to 20 years. She was often seen sitting (and sleeping) in front of Marshalls at Windsor Green Shopping Center on Route 1 or even camped out in small patches of woods in West Windsor.

A few years ago, a small group of women took it upon themselves to help her with housing, transportation, shopping assistance, companionship, and financial support. They were joined by readers of U.S. 1 and in particular Ed Megargee, who volunteered to coordinate the fundraising efforts.

Miss H, 71, died recently at her home in Trenton. Donations for her funeral may be made payable to Edward Megargee, 21 Towpath Court, Princeton 08540. Call 609-712-0004 or E-mail edmegargee@gmail.com for information. All donations will be recorded and available for review.

Another lesson from this issue of U.S. 1: If an organization does not already exist to provide assistance for a cause close to your heart, it is possible to create one. This week’s cover story, beginning on page 12, focuses on a Ewing family that has done just that.

And the profiles of the sponsors of this year’s Helping Hands issue, beginning on page 13, reveal many that have been started by energetic, good-hearted, and committed people. We urge you to learn more about all these good causes and add your energy to the community’s efforts.

U.S. 1 will not be published Wednesday, December 24, but will return Wednesday, December 31.

#/b#To the Editor#b#

So suddenly we are reading reports in the news that Congress is hatching a “lame duck sneak attack” to keep multi-employer pensions solvent by cutting current retirees’ pensions. The precise language of this last-minute political deal still has not been made public, as elected officials are working behind closed doors. There have been no public meetings or opportunity for public comment. The goals by those behind this appear to involve adding such a provision on an un-amendable must-pass government funding bill.

The proposal would change pension law and allow some underfunded pension plans to cut the earned pension benefits of retirees, including retirees already receiving benefits, something not currently permitted under the law. Retirees who worked a lifetime to earn their pension benefits and would be financially devastated by pension cuts. A long-term solution is needed, but it should be debated openly. Ultimately, any changes in pension law should be fair to all parties — not putting all the pain on retirees who did not create the problem and cannot undo the damage.

Everyone should contact their member of Congress today, and tell them to stop this secret maneuver now.

Brian McGuire

AARP New Jersey

Princeton

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