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Between the Lines

U.S. 1 is not the only paper contemplating the issues

of cardiac care and where a person should be transported first in

the event of a heart attack. This past Sunday, June 23, just after

our June 19 article by Kathleen McGinn Spring on cardiac care facilities

in central New Jersey and Bucks County, the New York Times Sunday

Magazine ran a column by a medical doctor in which he recounts his

thought process when a patient called in the middle of the night complaining

of chest pains.

He had referred her to the nearest emergency room. She opted to travel

instead to the more sophisticated cardiac care center. There she was

treated with an angioplasty and stent — and was released in good

shape the very next day. As Spring noted in her article, the centers

in our area capable of doing the more sophisticated treatment are

St. Francis in Trenton and Robert Wood Johnson in New Brunswick.

In that article we misinterpreted a statement by one of the doctors

at Deborah Heart and Lung Center. Dennis Charles MD E-mailed us to

say that various doctors at his hospital — not he alone —

"have done around 100 brachytherapy cases. The case I described

was one I assisted on."

In other loose ends from that issue (and here we wish we were more

like surgeons with specially trained assistants to help tie up those

loose ends), fiction writer Janet Evanovich E-mailed with a corrected

spelling for real-life Trenton cop Bob Szejner — we had the name

misspelled.

And we had mentioned that a Plainsboro correspondent had raised some

issues with our June 12 article on Turkey. The subject of that story,

Joy Stocke, who has traveled extensively in Turkey, has responded

to the letterwriter:

THANK YOU for your letter regarding my lecture series. I stand

by my statement that Turkey is a cultural crossroads and nowhere did

I refer to the Secular Muslim Republic of Turkey as a democracy. However,

I agree with you that when discussing Turkey, one cannot dismiss the

Armenian heritage and genocide or the ongoing struggle for civil rights

for ethnic Kurds who are a part of every strata of Turkish society.

For the book I am currently writing, I interviewed Kurds, Armenians,

and Greeks… and Assyrian Christians who were affected by the genocide.

I believe Turkey must confront its past in order to grow. I also believe

it must embrace its religious and ethnic minorities. I have found

Turkish citizens of all strata, both here and abroad, willing to talk

about these issues — something that wasn’t true 10 years ago.

The country’s history is complex. Within its borders lie the physical

remains of many civilizations: Armenian, Greek, Assyrian, Jewish,

Byzantine, Ottoman, Anatolian, Urartian, Hittite, Lycian, Carian..

It is a country of which many Americans know very little and that

includes the story of the genocide. In my next talk about the Ottoman

Empire at Barnes and Noble on July 16, when I discuss the decline

of the Ottoman Empire, I will also talk about the plight of the Armenians.

With the continued unrest in the world, I believe that Turkey is a

role model for the possibility of other nations creating successful,

secular Muslim states. But part of that success means dealing with

the past.

Joy E. Stocke


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