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