To the Editor: More About Those Eagles

Paid Family Leave: Make It Flexible

On the Back Cover:

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This article was prepared for the March 5, 2003 edition of U.S. 1 Newspaper. All rights reserved.

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Never underestimate the importance of beauty and culture

when it comes to attracting the right employees. Take the choice that

Helena Froehlich had to make. She had one week to decide whether to

move with her four children from France to Princeton so her husband,

Juergen Froehlich, could take a job to be vice president of global

development life care management at Bristol-Myers Squibb.

Her previous experience with the United States had been from 1984

to 1987 when she studied dance in New York and met her German husband,

Juergen, who was studying sports medicine and internal medicine. So

when she visited Princeton she was delighted to see the pretty countryside,

with its mixture of woods and fields, and the mixture of historical

houses and new ones.

It helped that Princeton is known as an international community where

multinationals quickly feel at home. What truly sealed the deal was

her visit to the Princeton Ballet School’s impressive four-studio

space at the Princeton Shopping Center, where she was warmly received

by the school’s director, Mary Pat Robertson. With these facilities

and support, she knew she could transfer her dance career and her

company, Compagnie Creation D, from Alsace to Princeton (see page


Now the Froehlich family is happily ensconced in their Hopewell

home, and Compagnie Creation D is actively performing. Yet all the

dance companies, not just those based at Princeton Ballet, and its

professional parent, American Repertory Ballet, are struggling to

survive in the face of proposed major state arts budget cuts.

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To the Editor: More About Those Eagles

I read with great interest Richard K. Rein’s reply to

Lincoln Hollister about the bald eagles in the vicinity of Carnegie

Lake in Princeton (U.S. 1, February 19). I view the sightings of the

bald eagle as a good omen that somehow, some way, a solution will

be found that doesn’t wreck the environment to build a highway called

the Millstone Bypass, or what is more recently referred to as "Penns

Neck Area Improvements."

I happen to think the balance is dangerously tilted in central New

Jersey and the wildlife and birdlife don’t have enough places to call

home or seek a safe haven from the human population! It’s time to

guide growth away from environmentally sensitive areas, such as the

Millstone River, Delaware and Raritan Canal, Carnegie Lake, and Washington

Road’s historic Elm trees. Some people don’t question why and where

a road is built. They say, "Why fight progress?" Well, that

all depends on what on what we consider to be progress!

Building a highway that will cause more problems than it solves is

never a solution! Building a highway next to a river or canal where

millions of residents and businesses draw their water is not progress;

it merely transfers the costs to water treatment when we have to pump

the water to make it drinkable. Being afraid to drink the water coming

from your tap and buying bottled water instead is not progress. Water

quality is severely threatened because we are creating more miles

of asphalt, parking lots and big box stores. Air quality will continue

to diminish if people have to sit in their cars for longer periods

of time or drive farther to services that are outside city centers

and away from mass transit routes.

Our view of progress may differ somewhat, however we seem to agree

that business leaders and environmentalists can sit down and find

ways to co-exist.

Mr. Rein, please take up Mr. Hollister’s invitation for a ride in

a canoe and explore the D&R Canal and Millstone River when spring

finally comes! You will find that every possibility must be explored

in order to avoid destroying our waterways and natural places to construct

a highway. Asphalt is man’s final crop.

Keep the dialogue open. I am a person who is hopefully optimistic

that the group of citizens, mayors, environmental organizations, corporate

representatives and state agencies meeting across the table from one

another in the process called the "Penns Neck Area EIS Roundtable"

can take a very complex problem before them, weigh all the alternatives,

and hammer out a new definition of "progress."

Mary M. Penney


ALLOW ME TO REPORT: A friend who lives in Kingston reported

seeing an (American Bald) eagle flying past her windows while she

was working with a client last week (it would have been inappropriate

for her to jump up and follow the bird with eyes or binoculars). This

woman is a birder, a participant in the Kingston Christmas Bird Count.

She was particularly aware of the bird’s large bright/dark yellow

beak — not the size or color of the osprey, for example.

Another friend, new to the region, this past Saturday saw an (American

Bald) eagle sitting on the ice on "What is that lake?" She

meant the widened part of the Millstone River at US Route 1 and Plainsboro

Road. Her companion saw it first and she didn’t believe him. But there

was no mistaking that head and that size. They tried to pull off,

but everywhere was posted "No Trespassing."

She was very clear regarding size and coloring, the very white head,

the very dark body feathers. I checked, as blandly as I could, about

a "mask" — in case it was an osprey. No mask. She knows

I’ve just come back from seeing hundreds of bald eagles fishing on

ice, then eating them in trees along the Illinois and Mississippi

Rivers, near Grafton, Illinois. This is why she told me — not

because she realizes that eagle habitat has anything to do my concerns

over bypass roads.

As Scott Isringhausen, site interpreter at Pere Marquette State Park,

told us in February in Illinois, "In order to save the eagle,

it is essential to save his habitat."

Carolyn Foote Edelmann

Edelmann wrote last week’s cover story on the Plainsboro


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Paid Family Leave: Make It Flexible

Paid family leave is a defining issue for the 21st century

workplace. Labor unions, women’s groups, and child advocacy associations

across the country support paid family leave and New Jersey is one

of 28 states where paid family leave has been introduced. In response,

the business community has been fighting tooth-and-nail against paid

family leave, even though New Jersey already has paid disability leave

that workers can use.

Indeed, more than 40 business groups, including the Association of

Women Business Owners, the state Chamber of Commerce, and the New

Jersey Business and Industry Association, have opposed paid family


However, the debate in New Jersey is muddled in politics and stale

thinking. Neither side in the debate is thinking outside the box.

With a little creativity the New Jersey work force can have paid family

leave without raiding the trust funds or instituting a new payroll

tax. At the same time, individual choice can be preserved. If people

are paying for pet grooming services through flexible spending accounts,

it’s a no-brainer to think of paid family leave as another benefit

choice that an employee makes.

Such a paid benefit has yet to be introduced into the market, but

it could work like any other employer-sponsored spending account,

with pre-tax dollars contributed by the employee. The employer could

make a voluntary contribution as well.

John Sarno

Employers Association of New Jersey

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On the Back Cover:

ADS CONGRATULATING a company’s client are commonplace in New York,

but not in Princeton. So the ad for a law firm on the back cover of

this issue will get attention. And if the name of the client, Stephen

Chou, looks familiar, there’s a good reason why. Chou was featured

on the front of U.S. 1 on October 16, 2002, in a cover story

on the Brave (Small) New World of Nanotechnology.

Chou has a nano-laboratory at Princeton University and two companies

that use nanotechnology — NanoOpto and Nanonex. Known as the leading

authority on the commercialization of nanotechnology, Chou was the

only New Jersey scientist to make the Top 10 list compiled by the

MIT Technology Review. Chou’s motto: "Conventional theories no

longer apply."

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