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Between the Lines
I am writing to request your assistance in supporting
the proposed new, first-class Trenton-Mercer Airport terminal. This
is an issue that has received a lot of press over the last three
but the next couple of months are crucial to its completion. A written
statement from you, and an affirming resolution from your organization
would assert publicly the economic benefit of this important project
on the entire region.
The recently released draft Environmental Assessment (EA) report
by DMJM Harris, a federally-approved consultant firm, studied what,
if any, negative effects a new terminal would have on the community
surrounding the Trenton-Mercer Airport. Under items such as noise,
air quality, farmlands, scenic rivers, flood plains, and social order,
the EA clearly indicates "no significant impact." Based upon
these findings, it would be irresponsible not to seize this wonderful
opportunity to secure yet another economic magnet in Mercer County.
Let me clarify the extent of the terminal project. A new terminal
will be built adjacent to the existing terminal. The new facility
will be larger in size, to accommodate waiting areas, a
baggage claim, administrative, and tenant office space. The runways
will not be altered in length. In essence, the project is designed
to provide a more comfortable, up-to-date, traveler-friendly facility.
A hearing will be held Wednesday, May 22, from 6 to 10 p.m. at the
State Auditorium in the New Jersey State Museum building, West State
Street, Trenton. It is imperative that the proponents of a new
make their voices heard above the small, residential opposition groups
who will most certainly attend. Public input is an important factor
in the FAA’s final consideration. Again, your participation is
to our effort.
The comprehensive EA can be downloaded or read on-line at
I am excited by this project. I look forward to advocating with you
on May 22. Call the Greater Mercer County Chamber of Commerce at
with any questions.
Carol L. Beske
Chairman, Mercer Chamber
I JUST FINISHED reading Richard K. Rein’s piece on his kids and the
boxing gloves (U.S. 1, May 8). Bravo! For allowing them to be
and for contributing to the Princeton Young Achievers.
My son, Devin, and a group of about five boys play together after
school almost everyday (a parent or sibling is always home). They
disappear into the woods for hours looking for tadpoles, or they build
a fort, or play a game of baseball or ride their bikes around town.
I am all for organized sports but the kind of play that Devin and
his friends and the Rein boys are involved with, to me, is the best.
It feeds the imagination, and teaches them independence and how to
get along with one another and most importantly they’re free to be
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