U.S. 1 Is in Print & Online

With its May 6 issue U.S. 1 is resuming print publication. Distribution will be to news boxes located in downtown Princeton and Trenton, at train stations, and in other high-traffic outdoor areas.

Additionally, it is now possible to browse full PDFs of recent issues on U.S. 1’s website. Click on “Read This Week’s Digital U.S. 1 E-Edition Here.”

A full digital edition of U.S. 1 is also distributed by e-mail every Wednesday. Subscribe at tinyurl.com/us1newsletter.

On the Cover

We didn’t want this unusual Mother’s Day to slip by without making some form of visual salute to our region’s masked mothers. While the cover photo features Bordentown resident Katie Kelly holding her son, Jack, it easily represents mothers everywhere.

Like superheroes, they are doing it all as their homes turn into work spaces and schools, or they’re serving on the front lines at hospitals, grocery stores, and other essential businesses. But most of all, they are keeping their families healthy and safe during this unprecedented and challenging time.

So best wishes to all you real Wonder Women, and we hope to see your faces soon.

To the Editor: Let This Be the Last Time

There have been numerous assessments of the recently enacted CARES Act and many valid points on needed improvements have been made regarding the funding for education. However, once again, a critical and particularly vulnerable population has been left behind.

Representing our country through their diverse and rich backgrounds; building our workforce through constantly upgrading their skills; serving our country in military, healthcare and public service; and taking care of the generations that have come before and after them, let this be the last time our adult students, along with their efforts to better themselves and their communities, are forgotten.

This nation has more than 7 million active adult students striving to complete their degrees and better their lives. For a significant number of these students, online learning is the solution that best allows them to achieve their academic goals while working one or more jobs, protecting our country, raising children, and taking care of loved ones. These students are often excluded from state tuition assistance programs because they cannot study full time; if they are veterans, they receive less money than their peers in face-to-face classes; and now these deserving students and the universities that serve them have been excluded from the support of nearly $14 billion in federal stimulus aid.

While the delivery of their online courses has not been interrupted by COVID-19, their academic environments certainly have. Their lives have been turned upside down as they have lost their jobs, or, to the other extreme, been called into extended shifts as first responders and medical care providers on the front lines in these dire times. They have children who are home from school and day care, parents at risk in long-term care facilities and numerous other COVID-19 related interruptions that impede their academic goals. However, because they are online students, they have been excluded from receiving any support from the CARES Act.

I am calling on legislators and policymakers alike to keep this underserved and underfunded population in mind when deploying assistance. Adult students are key to any economic recovery, yet historic and recent neglect only undercuts their ability to succeed. Your positive action from here on is a critical investment in our country’s future. Please, let this be the last time they are forgotten.

Merodie A. Hancock, PhD

President, Thomas Edison State University

Editor’s Note: Many regional educational institutions benefitted from funding provided by the CARES Act. The College of New Jersey received $5 million, Rider University received $3.6 million, and Mercer County Community College received $3.8 million. Princeton University was allocated $2.4 million but declined the funds.

In This Together

Video messages from our Mayor and other officials on the princetoncovid.org website end with the message: “Remember, we’re all in this together.” The Garden Club of Princeton has taken this message to heart and has decided to use money from its Community Trust Account to help fellow Princetonians in new ways in a time of extraordinary need. In the past, the account has been used to finance various plantings to beautify All Wars Memorial Park, to enhance children’s outdoor experiences at the YMCA, and to encourage pollinators at Greenway Meadows Park.

This spring, however, the club saw a need to use its money in a different way, one not closely tied to the GCP’s traditional mission, but clearly tied to its sense of community. We decided to make a significant gift to each of three organizations, two that address food insecurity and another that deals with housing insecurity, as people in Princeton struggle economically during the pandemic.

Once the idea was proposed, it was quickly adopted by the executive Committee and then the full club. Individual members asked for information so they could give supplemental donations. We are writing to encourage other groups to consider going a bit out of their usual lane in this emergency, and to expect there will be similar enthusiasm among their members. If we demonstrate by our actions that we really are all in this together, we surely will come out the other side a stronger community.

Robin Gosnell

President, The Garden Club of Princeton

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