As much as we like letters to the editor, we also like to take note of your comments posted to our online archives at The following comment was posted by a Somerset resident.

“I wanted to thank you for the detailed article on Nikki Stern’s tour of the 9/11 Museum. I felt like I was walking through it with her!

“I am a 9/11 ‘witness’ — meaning I was not in the towers, nor did I suffer any physical injury, but was a commuter coming out of the Trade Center and crossing Church Street right when the first plane hit. I experienced the horror of watching events unfold from our office and then the terrible ordeal of attempting to leave the city to get back home to New Jersey. It is something I will never forgot nor should anyone else.

“I am certain I am not able to visit the museum in the near future, but hope some day I will be able to deal with it. In the meantime, I want to thank Ms. Stern for visiting it ‘for me.’”

Institute Housing: Enough is Enough

The time has come to put an end to endless objections to the perfectly reasonable and legal request of the Institute for Advanced Study to build needed faculty housing on its own property.

Every accommodation has been given to objectors to make their case, but they have failed to do so. After extensive hearings the Planning Board approved the Institute’s application. In a particularly thorough and thoughtful 72-page decision Superior Court Judge Jacobson rejected the objectors’ appeal, fully approving the Planning Board’s process, while carefully dissecting and refuting the objectors’ arguments.

Now once again this Thursday, September 18, the objectors come back to the Planning Board with still another attempt to block the Institute, this time its amended plan that completely addresses points made by the D&R Canal Commission last January. The Planning Board should quickly dispose of these objections, little more than a last gasp attempt at more delay.

In my experience as chair of the Borough Zoning Board (for 20 years or so, some years ago), there were occasionally times when I saw good citizens become so enamored of the rightness of their own positions that it became difficult for them to have an independent and fair perspective. I would like to think that is the situation here, rather than just vexatious obstructionism.

Others have spoken in these pages of the high standard of good citizenship the Institute has demonstrated over many years, and throughout the whole history of this episode. It is an institution of world-wide renown and of local neighborliness. It is a genuine national treasure. Beyond that, it has proven its legal right to build needed homes for its faculty.

It is time for closure. In our system, everyone is entitled to his or her day in court, but everyone is not entitled to his or her own decades in court. The town and the legal system have extended every right and benefit to the objectors, and the time has come to end this proceeding.

John L. McGoldrick

Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton

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