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Between the Lines
Acknowledging that media coverage of anniversary of
September 11, 2001, has been relentless, we hesitate to add more.
On pages 4 and 38 you will find listings that we have compiled intended
as a helpful guide to the array of area observances of this day of
loss. They may also offer ideas on what you may choose to do at your
own office. If you don’t yet have a plan, you are not alone. Las t
week, when senior editor Barbara Fox contacted nearly 50 area companies
to learn about their plans, two out of three had not yet formulated
a specific plan. Updated events will appear on www.princetoninfo.com.
Meanwhile a national discussion is underway on whether or not September
11 should be a national holiday. President George W. Bush (and we
don’t always agree with him, but in this case we do) advocates a weekend,
not a weekday, of reflection.
Such a designation seems premature. If this act of terrorism is indeed
a war (and many would argue it is not a war but a modern-day reality
that has finally visited us), it is not like any war we have known
before. Nor is it over. On December 7, 1942, the first anniversary
of the loss of life at Pearl Harbor, we doubt that the nation took
the day off to ponder the Day of Infamy. Now may not be the time to
try to define September 11.
A time of reflection, yes. A holiday, no.
The letter below was sent to Tyrone Krause MD, chief
of cardiothoracic surgery at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital
in New Brunswick, and copied to U.S. 1. In our Health & Fitness issue
cover story on cardiac care, Krause was quoted on a variety of subjects,
but his description of the City of Trenton and its relative safety
drew this response:
in particular, I am distressed by your unsubstantiated generalization
regarding personal safety in Trenton. In "Heart to Heart Lowdown
on Cardiac Care" (U.S. 1, June 12), you were quoted as stating
that "(Trenton) is like Newark. You need a shotgun to get in the
door." While you may have spent time in Newark in which you derived
a negative impression, it is clear you have spent little or no time
in Trenton and know nothing of St. Francis Medical Center and our
We are located in the Chambersburg area of Trenton, adjacent to Hamilton
Township, and only a few minutes from one of your member hospitals.
Our employees and patients as well as the thousands of people who
work in the City of Trenton and those who enjoy the many fine restaurants,
sporting events, or museums, come to this city on a regular basis.
They come with full awareness of their safety and security.
Let us hope you do not make such snap and unjustified decisions when
you are dealing with your patients. I do feel an apology is called
Judith M. Persichilli
President and CEO,
St. Francis Medical Center
Douglas H. Palmer
Mayor of Trenton
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