One rule of thumb in the old days of journalism is that reporters cover the news, they don’t make the news. That was a reason why journalists stayed back behind police lines at a fire, and why reporters generally resist giving any answers when a politicians asks, “Hey, how am I doing?”

So it is with hurricanes, and we at U.S. 1 are trying to keep ourselves out of the news during this large-scale weather event. Anticipating that flooding and power outages may be even worse on Tuesday of this week than they already appear to be on Monday, we are rushing this issue out to our printer one full day ahead of schedule.

Once at the printer, our paper will be ready to fill its usual time slot on Tuesday night, for arrival back to us on Wednesday morning. That schedule, of course, is dependent on our electric power grid, highway and bridge system, as well as the many local roads that tie them all together. And it also assumes that you will be in your office on Wednesday to receive the paper. But we are planning ahead — some of our deliverers are already planning to be available again on Thursday.

#b#To the Editor: Praise for DOT#/b#

Inching forward in the daily Route 1 congestion — 15 minutes of stop/go traffic to get from MarketFair to Scudders Mill Road — I had plenty of time to think about the ‘U.S. 1 to DOT’ article of October 17. The Princeton community’s solution to Route 1 congestion was a grandiose and unaffordable Millstone Bypass scheme. Then, a creative person at New Jersey DOT came up with a simple and very low cost solution to restore all three lanes of Route 1 to through traffic by limiting northbound left turns to Alexander and Scudders Mill Road.

And it really worked great for northbound Route 1 traffic. For the first time in 30 years I could travel at normal highway speeds from MarketFair to Scudders Mill — no stops at all if the lights were green. Brilliant — the kind of innovative thinking that we should commend in our state government.

The trouble that DOT had not anticipated was that the highly educated people heading toward Princeton would suddenly turn into dyslexic lawbreakers who would ignore the many conspicuous traffic signs and insist on doing U and K turns in Washington Road West. No matter that turning on Alexander Road would get them to Princeton just as fast. No, they insisted on ignoring the traffic signs and breaking the law. NJ DOT then caved into these lawbreakers, terminated this wonderful scheme prematurely, and we are back to daily traffic jams between MarketFair and Scudders Mill for northbound commuters.

Let’s be clear here — the blame for both the Washington Road West chaos and now for restoring the heavy congestion on Route 1 lies with those doing illegal U-turns on Washington Road West, not the creative folk at the DOT who should be commended for coming up with a innovative and low cost plan for solving the communities traffic problems.

Charles Skinner

Stonicker Drive, Lawrenceville

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