#b#To the Editor: Full Spectrum Of Optimization#/b#

In Steve Sashihara’s book, he recounted the success stories focused on large-scale enterprise operations like WalMart and Amazon. These organizations have inefficiencies that can be effectively addressed through a variety of optimization methods yielding better operations and business success.

I liked how U.S. 1’s August 24 cover article contrasted those success stories with examples where optimization does not work. This gives readers a full-spectrum account of Sashihara’s new optimization book and a glimpse as to where optimization may be going next.

Valery Herrington

Herrington Technology, www.herringtontechnology.net

#b#Luckey in Princeton#/#

I cannot thank U.S. 1 enough for the well written article on September 28 about “Luckey,” [the movie about Tom Luckey, who rebuilt his life and career as a sculptor, architect, and playscape designer after an accident left him completely paralyzed]. The U.S. 1 story captures the very essence of the intended metaphoric message of “Gardening.” In the end, the significance isn’t this gardener — it’s the “gardeners to be.” The real story is what can grow in each of our lives, the great harvests ahead.

At the screening Spencer Luckey, Tom’s son, and filmmaker Laura Longsworth spoke with the crowd afterwards. Spencer would reveal that, in some ways, the accident and its subsequent paralysis has somehow been a positive life changer for Tom. In an effort to continue telling the story of Tom Luckey and his climbers, the “Luckey In Princeton” website has been established: www.luckeyinprinceton.com

Mike Maloney, Mapleton Nurseries

We just wanted to say “Thank You” to Janie Hermann and the Princeton Public Library for organizing and hosting the movie screening of “Luckey” on September 29. This is a gripping documentary about sculptor and interactive artist Tom Luckey, who was paralyzed from the chest down following an accident in 2005. Tom, owner of Luckey Climbers in Connecticut, had designed a three-story children’s climbing structure at the Boston Children’s museum before the accident. He and his son Spencer worked together to finish the project.

Spencer and filmmaker Laura Longsworth, producer of the movie, were in attendance at the screening. Special thanks to both for taking time to interact with residents who joined together in the Community Room at the Princeton Public Library.

Steve Allen

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