#b#More Senior Moments#/b#

Thank you for publishing my story on Affordable Housing in Princeton. My original intention in submitting the essay to U.S. 1 was to show my appreciation to the university and community for the many ways it gives back and to provide a balance to my frequent critiques of “elitism” often associated with Princeton that I have addressed many times in articles and discussion.

The original title of my story was “How Princeton Gives Back: Life in Princeton’s Affordable Housing for Seniors” — different from the title in U.S. 1 but implicitly acknow­ledging my intention.

I am presently working on a second story under the same title but with a focus on the university’s policy of free and open to the public. It is titled, “How Princeton Gives Back: The Policy of Free and Open to the Public in Academia and the Arts”.

Libby Zinman Schwartz

Editor’s note: The Harriet Bryan House resident named Joan in the November 23 article was incorrectly identified. Her correct name is Joan Howell.

Congratulations on the November 23 issue of U.S. 1 on senior housing in Princeton. Libby Zinman Schwartz is an excellent writer and her description of living at Harriet Bryan House gave me a whole new appreciation for what PCH has achieved there.

Previously, I imagined that the residents at the projects on Elm Road were isolated in their apartments and lacked a real community life. I believe that you have helped change the common misperception of affordable housing as unneighborly. Many thanks.

Dave McAlpin

#b#No Need for PennEast#/b#

New Jersey Board of Public Utilities’ (BPU) news release dated September 23, 2016, heralds what should be the definitive end of the Penn East Pipeline — the proposed 120-mile natural gas pipeline going from Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, to Pennington — and any other future proposed pipeline projects in the “pipe” so to speak. This release was titled “Christie Administration Announces Residential Natural Gas Customers Will Pay Less to Heat Their Homes this Winter” in big, bold capital letters. The third paragraph first sentence says it all in a direct quote from Richard S. Mroz, president of the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities: “Over the last seven years, natural gas customers have seen their natural gas costs plummet thanks to the abundance of natural gas and New Jersey’s infrastructure that allows for ratepayers to take advantage of the lost cost energy.”

The release further details that New Jersey was one of the highest cost states explaining, “According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) ranking of the state residential retail natural gas prices, New Jersey’s ranking has plummeted in recent years from one of the highest cost states in 2010 to one of the lowest cost states. In 2010, New Jersey was ranked as the 17th highest cost state and in 2016 New Jersey’s monthly rankings have fallen to one of the lowest cost states. EIA’s June, 2016, rankings have New Jersey ranked at the fifth lowest cost.”

The Board instituted the Basic Gas Supply Service Plan (BGSS), which serves as a method “to pass along changes in wholesale gas costs directly to customers without affecting the gas companies’ income, as the companies do not make a profit on the gas supply price.” This Board was enabled to approve the use of a small portion of savings held back for pipeline replacement projects that improve safety and reliability — a win-win for New Jersey.

This means gas users, all of us, can live without the danger of a new pipeline and the future planned pipelines. There is no legitimate need to destroy the historic, environmental, and social fabric we all have cherished and have worked so diligently to maintain.

The September 23 release: www.bpu.state.nj.us/bpu/newsroom/announcements/pdf/20160923BGSS.pdf should be sent to the FERC Docket Number: CP15-558-000 prior to the end of the comment period; both New Jersey senators; your congressional representative; your state senators and assembly persons; local elected officials; Delaware River Basin Commission; Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission; Delaware and Raritan Canal Commission; New Jersey DEP Commissioner Robert Martin, District 1 Administrator Judith A. Enlk, Regional Administration, New York; any lastly any law firm as HALT and lobbyists representing opposition to the pipeline.

We shall ever remember Lambertville deadly gas explosion in 1971, fortunately the only one that has occurred here in Hunterdon County — at that time we lived but a block away.

John & Barbara Hencheck


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