When U.S. 1 printed its first women in business issue back in 1993, some of us did not think it would continue as an editorial theme for long. Women were already flexing their muscle in business and in government, and they had some formidable organizations, including the YWCA and League of Women Voters, furthering their interests, as well.

But women continue to offer an interesting take on many of the issues we cover — this year, with the appointment of New Jersey’s Lisa Jackson as the director of the Department of Environmental Protection, our editorial focus is on women in “green” endeavors.

And totally by coincidence, we note that this week marks another birthday for the League of Women Voters. Herewith the announcement from Edith Neimark of the Princeton chapter:

“February 14 marks the 89th birthday of the League of Women Voters. The LWV, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy. Membership in the League is open to men and women of all ages.

“The LWV of the Princeton area will be observing its 75th birthday this year; watch for an announcement of our party. This past fall we registered voters, sponsored Candidates Nights, posted voter information (VOTE411.org still operates), and served as poll monitors. This week we studied extending the franchise to prisoners and parolees (who cannot now vote in New Jersey). Please join us in making democracy work. For more information go to www.princetonol.com/groups/lwv/ or contact@lwvnj.org.”

To the Editor:

Release Med Data

How safe is your local hospital? Thanks to Department of Health and Senior Services Commissioner Heather Howard and the support of State Senator Bill Baroni (R-14), New Jersey residents may finally be able to answer this vital question.

Baroni is supporting Senate Bill S2471, a bill that will require the DHSS to release hospital-specific medical error data to the public, enabling New Jersey residents to make informed health care decisions. Just as important, this legislation will prohibit hospitals and physicians from charging patients for certain medical errors.

An old adage proclaims that what you don’t know can’t hurt you. However, in the case of preventable medical errors, what New Jerseyans don’t know has hurt more than 1,550 New Jersey residents and killed 72 more.

Opening the books on medical errors and establishing a comprehensive non-payment plan will help protect our state’s residents from the fear of preventable medical errors. AARP thanks Senator Baroni for supporting this legislation that will vastly improve patient safety in the Garden State and help put New Jersey residents “in the know” about the safety of their local medical facilities.

Patricia Kelmar

AARP New Jersey

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