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Vol. LXI, No. 23
 
Wednesday, June 6, 2007
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"Princeton Has Some Serious Problems," but Relocating Dinky Isn't One of Them

STEPHEN L. ADLER
Nassau Street

Retailers Thanked for Contributions to College Club Scholarship Benefit

KATHLEEN HUTCHINS
Duffield Place

New Math Seen in Borough's Budgeting: More Taxes = More in Taxpayer's Pocket

FRANCOIS MOREL
Nassau Street

Financial Contribution of University Viewed as Generous, Immeasurable

WILLIAM STEPHENSON
Governors Lane

An Anonymous, Gracious Samaritan Graces Minnesotan's Visit to Princeton

HILJA NAST
Duluth, Minnesota


"Princeton Has Some Serious Problems," but Relocating Dinky Isn't One of Them

To the Editor:

Twice now Town Topics has headlined the issue of moving the Dinky Station, which is proposed by Princeton University as part of the plan for Princeton's arts neighborhood. I get the impression that a few residents, and a minority of the Planning Board, are trying to turn this into the next big Princeton fight.

That's silly. For those of us who exercise enough, a few minutes extra walk is no big deal. For those of us who are able to exercise but don't exercise enough, a few minutes extra walk would be beneficial for health and longevity. And for those who for one reason or another must drive or be driven to the Dinky, improved car access provided by a relocated Dinky would be helpful. Where is the issue worthy of a big fight? Of course all of us, exercisers or not, would benefit from having a comfortable waiting area.

So let's get real. Princeton currently has some serious problems. Moving the Dinky 460 feet isn't one of them.

STEPHEN L. ADLER
Nassau Street

Retailers Thanked for Contributions to College Club Scholarship Benefit

To the Editor:

The Women's College Club of Princeton wishes to acknowledge, with gratitude, the generous contributions of merchandise and gift certificates by Princeton-area merchants to the silent auction held at the club's Scholarship Benefit Luncheon on April 23 at the Present Day Club. Because of the continuing support of the business community, as well as of members and friends for this annual event, the Women's College Club is able to award college scholarships each year to outstanding young senior women in our local secondary schools.

Our heartfelt thanks go to the following merchants for their donations: Baumley's Nurseries, Chevy's Fresh Mex, Hot Locks Hair and Nail Salon, Macy's, McCaffrey's, Robinson's Fine Candies, Salon Azzuro, Thomas Sweet, and Zorba's Brother Restaurant.

KATHLEEN HUTCHINS
Duffield Place

New Math Seen in Borough's Budgeting: More Taxes = More in Taxpayer's Pocket

To the Editor:

"A penny in our surplus is a penny in the taxpayer's pocket."

By the force of this candid argument Peggy Karcher persuaded all but one of her fellow Borough Council members to vote for the 2007 budget (Town Topics, May 30).

Thank you, Ms. Karcher, for providing us at last with a limpid explanation of our budgetary process. We can now look forward to ever more increases in our taxes, making us all ever richer.

FRANCOIS MOREL
Nassau Street

Financial Contribution of University Viewed as Generous, Immeasurable

To the Editor:

As a local resident with no direct ties to Princeton University, I am disturbed at the constant refrain that our municipal financial woes would be over if only Princeton University would make a greater financial contribution to our municipalities. Please consider:

Princeton University is a tax exempt organization according to law, but chooses to make a rather generous voluntary contribution to the surrounding municipalities.

If it were not for the presence of Princeton University, the property values in the Township and the Borough would be a fraction of what they are now.

The cultural contribution that the University willingly shares with the community is of tremendous intrinsic value.

If the University managed its financial resources with the same reckless abandon that is apparent in the surrounding community, Princeton University would probably be a junior college by now.

WILLIAM STEPHENSON
Governors Lane

An Anonymous, Gracious Samaritan Graces Minnesotan's Visit to Princeton

To the Editor:

I came to Princeton on May 21 to take part in my daughter's graduation to receive her master's degree. As I was struggling with my heavy suitcase getting off the train at Princeton Junction, a kind gentleman took my suitcase and asked how I was planning to get to Princeton. I told him I was going to take the Dinky. He suggested that we share a taxi. Being tired, I gladly accepted. When arriving at my destination on John Street, he carried my suitcase to the door and refused to accept my share of the expense.

My only regret is that I failed to ask his name. Through this letter, I'd like to thank him for his assistance but also for a most enjoyable conversation I had with him. He was most gracious. If all the people of Princeton are like him, Princeton must be a wonderful place to live.

HILJA NAST
Duluth, Minnesota

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