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This column was prepared for the July 4, 2001 edition of U.S. 1 Newspaper. All rights reserved.

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So what about this Independence Day idea? We brought

the subject up in the context of how companies were planning their

vacation schedules this week. With the 4th of July on a Wednesday

should people get Monday and Tuesday off as well, or Thursday and

Friday off, or just the Wednesday off and let them take their own

time if they wanted an extra long weekend?

In any case, when would the best fireworks be — on the weekend

before or the weekend after or the 4th itself? The answer to that

question is all of the above — see our day-by-day listings beginning

on page 13 for the ongoing list of fireworks.

But for business planning purposes, wouldn’t this week be easier for

everyone if we renamed the holiday Independence Day, made it fall

on the first Monday in July, and then all enjoyed a three-day weekend?

Of course some politically correct people would have a problem with

"Independence Day." That suggests isolationism and imperialism

no longer appropriate for this global village, they might argue. But

we could rename the holiday "Inter-dependence Day" and everyone

could be happy.

But we suspect a lot of traditionalists still lurk out there (and

even in here). We received the following comment from one of the subscribers

to our free E-mail newsletter, the U.S. 1 Sneak Preview:

"NNNOOO! Leave 4th of July alone! Let’s keep at least one of the

holidays traditional! They’ve already messed up Memorial Day, Armistice

Day (now known as Veterans’ Day), Thanksgiving (which used to be the

last Thursday of the month but was moved up a week because more time

was wanted for shopping before Christmas). People used to be happy

with a midweek holiday — then commercialism set in."

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To the Editor

My applause to Nicole Plett for her excellent article

on "Summer Shakespeare" (U.S. 1, June 27). Sadly, the applause

of hundreds of people who have loved Princeton Rep’s adventurous and

highly professional productions will be stifled this year, for no

good reason. I am glad that New York City does not put the "environmental

concerns" of preserving Central Park before the enjoyment of the

park by the public.

Princeton Rep’s productions were free and took an annual tradition

to a new level last year at Pettoranello Park that rivaled the Delacorte.

For the powers that be to indicate that they may procrastinate indefinitely

on this matter and thus deny the value of promoting the arts in Princeton

in such a positive way — all I hear is the sound of one hand clapping.

Nancy Nicholson


Three scientists shared the 1998 Nobel Prize for their work in nitric

oxide research (U.S. 1, June 27), but the prize was not for successfully

grafting oxide onto another compound, says Joel Morley of NiCox Inc.

at the Carnegie Center. The grafting was accomplished by pharmaceutical

companies such as NiCox. One of the Nobel winners, Louis Ignarro,

is on the advisory board of NiCox.

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