On this day after election day, 2011, we at U.S. 1 can’t help but consider the municipal and statewide elections that are being reported in the daily newspapers. Since our “Princeton area” audience spans at least seven or eight different municipalities (and three counties!), we do not normally pay attention to most political issues.

But sometimes we get lured into it. In our October 26 issue, editor Richard K. Rein devoted his column to a visit to the West Windsor Republican Club, where 2010 Republican congressional candidate Scott Sipprelle was the guest speaker. Rein, referring to some of his recent writings lambasting the current crop of GOP presidential candidates, said he “cowered” at the Republican meeting and kept his thoughts about fat cat bankers and financiers to himself, since they would not likely find much support at this gathering.

A few days ago Rein found some sympathetic response to his views posted online at www.princetoninfo.com. One reader noted that “this is a wonderful piece, full of insights from both sides of the political landscape. However, the ending makes the most important point. It reflects how many of us feel about the money that has been spent covering the mistakes of banks and corporations, which got the biggest free ride of all.”

Another, somewhat more surprising, comment came from Sipprelle himself: “Rich — You should not have cowered. If you had made your point about fat cat Wall Streeters who got bailed out you would have been surprised by my answer. I agree! The government should not be in the business of bailing out bad behavior of any type.”

A day later Rein ran into Sipprelle’s opponent, incumbent Congressman Rush Holt, at a fundraising event for Corner House, a Princeton-based drug and alcohol awareness program. Rein asked Holt if he had the same reaction as Sipprelle had to U.S. 1’s cover story on the 2010 race: That it had been one of the most substantive pieces of reporting during the entire campaign.

Holt needed time to think about that, but did recall that U.S. 1’s cover story on him when he first ran for Congress (unsuccessfully) in 1996 gave his political career a kick start. Joan Crespi’s article was printed May 15, 1996.

Fun stuff, this politics. We’ll have to do some more of it.

#b#To the Editor:#/b#

As a longtime supporter of the Princeton Historical Society, I usually admire and support the work of the Princeton Battlefield Society. But I cannot agree with its opposition to the sensitively planned housing proposed by the Institute for Advanced Study. The Princeton Battlefield exists today thanks to the good offices of the Institute, and the proposed housing is more than respectful of those magnificent lands and properly shielded from them.

We do most honor to this site by properly caring for it, not by obstructing the essential needs of nearby educational institutions.

Landon Jones

Hibben Road, Princeton

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