To the Editor: Will the Hospital Follow the Seniors?

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Between the Lines

U.S. 1 doesn’t normally cover international affairs, but when French

foreign policy becomes a matter of controversy here in America (and we

can guess that our foreign policy became a heated matter in France as

well) and when Bastille Day falls on one of our publication dates, we

cannot resist.

Thanks to the reporting of Barbara Fox and Michele Alperin we

discovered that more than 5,000 French citizens live and work in our

area.

Our stories begin on page 14. On the cover: clockwise from top left,

Gilles Asselin of SoCoCo Intercultural, has written a book on

intercultural relations entitled "Au Contraire! Figuring Out the

French." The Tricolor waves just below the Stars and Sripes at L’Oreal

in Cranbury. Eric Claviere, who aims to promote French-American trade,

poses at the "Petit Vintner" statue that Colmar gave to Princeton.

Hatsuo Takeuchi, of Demarle USA, was trained as a pastry chef in

France and now imports French baking goods. Isabelle Wilhelm, honorary

consul of France in Princeton, flies the flag on Princeton-Kingston

Road.

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To the Editor: Will the Hospital Follow the Seniors?

In his plaintive letter about the exodus of Princeton’s elderly to

CCRCs such as Stonebridge outside of Princeton (U.S. 1, June 30),

Niels Nielsen states, "We never see our friends any more after they

move even only five miles away." This sentiment, which I share, makes

me wonder what he (and others) think of the prospect of what I persist

in thinking of as our "community" hospital moving outside of

Princeton.

During the past year, I have paid many, many visits to elderly friends

of my family in the hospital and at Merwick. It was easy and

convenient to do, because of the in-town location, close to work,

home, other errands, etc.

I wonder how many fewer visits there would have been if the hospital

had been out of town? And how much harder it would have been for my

elderly father, who lives in Rocky Hill, to visit his friends there if

it meant a longer, more challenging drive?

If it was such an important thing to keep the Library and Arts Council

in town, why do I hear barely a murmur about the hospital possibly

relocating some distance away?

I realize they want to grow, and that the trend is toward larger

health centers, with a lot of specialized units. But the selfish side

of me hates to think of them moving, and wonders how the elderly who

are still in Princeton, and the lower-income and student population in

town, will conveniently access such vital services.

If they must move, I hope it is not out across Route 1 or at the old

American Cyanamid site, the latter of which is most likely out of

their primary service area and surely closer to other competing

medical facilities.

Faith Bahadurian

Montgomery Township


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