Thanks to all of you who have submitted six-word memoirs in response to last week’s cover article by Rabbi Annie Tucker. If you haven’t sent yours our way, you are not too late. Please send your memoir to our editor,, and take a few more words to tell us in brief who you are. We are compiling the submissions and will print a collection in a future issue.

On a sad note, on January 2, while we were editing Rabbi Tucker’s story, her father died in Lexington, Massachusetts. We extend our sympathy to Rabbi Tucker and her family.

#b#To the Editor: Individual Effort Still Makes a Difference#/b#

Thank you for providing Suzanne Newman with a forum for soliciting assistance for Caroline Hubbard [“Miss H,” U.S. 1, September 28]. Such openness is a credit to U.S. 1.

Suzanne, along with a few other individuals, chose to make the leap of personal involvement but your assistance has enabled Suzanne to reach out to the larger community of people like myself who wished something could be done to help Ms. Hubbard but didn’t really know where to turn. With that effort, funds have been raised to ensure she has some decent shelter during this tough winter weather and I hope the effort will continue.

At some point in the future, you may find the situation makes a compelling feature in U.S. 1. The moral of the story would be that not all instances of people in need can be delegated to organizations. Sometimes, probably more often than we realize, individuals have to roll up their sleeves and lift the burden more directly (as Suzanne has done).

Edward Megargee, Princeton

#b#Save the Battlefield#/b#

I am very distressed at the Institute for Advanced Study’s plan to build faculty housing on land that includes the Princeton Battlefield. It may seem that this is a local issue to Princeton, but it is not. Historians — both local and international — recognize that the Battle of Princeton was pivotal to the American Revolution. The actions of Washington at this battle added to his reputation and aided in his ability to lead the war effort. The sacrifice of the men who gave their lives was deemed heroic by their contemporaries. Those contemporaries went on to form the Republic we now enjoy.

A local issue, it is not! The Institute would make it seem so, a issue of neighbors disagreeing. The IAS has a local attorney and local architect representing them, but the trustees of the Institute want that local impression. The trustees are from Manhattan, D.C., Chicago, California, Florida, London, Frankfurt, Geneva, Stockholm, Cambridge, and Budapest. I don’t believe that’s real local flavor.

This is a national issue. An issue of respect, pride, and heritage. It is a conflicting issue to present to today’s military service by saying thank you and we will not forget, yet we forget those who gave us our original service 235 years ago.

Joe Carney, Glenwood

I attended two previous Planning Board meetings at which the Institute for Advanced Study’s real estate development on the site of a critical point in the Battle of Princeton was challenged. As a Princeton Battlefield Society trustee I cannot question the good neighbor position held by residents near the Institute. Nor can I question the IAS’ tree line defense, its required design for housing, or the road’s width on the site. What I must question is: What does this defense have to do with the historical significance and proposed desecration of the property in question?

But I have other questions, including: What happened to the due diligence of the Historic Commission in researching and studying the issues raised by the Society? Did the Commission read and consider the American Battlefield Protection Program study? With all the property owned by the Institute, why must this real estate development take place on this historic site? What consideration was given by the IAS board and administration to the implications of this real estate development on land critically important to American history and heritage? (This was one of the reasons for the ABPP study, which confirmed the Society’s position and was subsequently confirmed by noted historian James McPherson.)

I am not against the Institute. I am against its real estate development of this property. (When a faculty member has to acquire land rights from the IAS and to build a required house design at his or her own expense, it can only be considered real estate development.)

A vote must come down to real estate development versus heritage. Not surprisingly, I would vote for heritage.

Bill Marsch, Trustee, Princeton Battlefield Society

Editor’s note: The Princeton Regional Planning Board will continue its consideration of the battlefield plans on Thursday, January 26.

#b#Year-Long Needs#/b#

Now that the rush of the holidays is over, it’s the perfect time to reflect on the caring, kindness, and generosity of a multitude of congregations, corporations, organizations, and individuals over the past year. HomeFront can’t thank you enough for all you do to help us give hopeless, homeless, and very low-income families every opportunity for an independent and rewarding future. You provide them with food, donated clothing, furniture, and household supplies. You tutor children and mentor parents. You change lives.

These things give our families the “necessities.” But the joy and wonder that should be in the eyes of every child at Christmas isn’t a necessity, and you made it happen for 2,284 children this year. Your generosity and thoughtfulness in providing presents made wishes (and dreams) come true. I’m sorry you all couldn’t have seen for yourselves how much it meant, not only to the children but to their parents as well, who knew they were powerless to make Christmas merry.

Connie Mercer

Founder and CEO, HomeFront

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