November 25, 2015

To the Editor:

I applaud President Christopher Eisgruber of Princeton for taking seriously the recent demands of the Black Justice League. A resolution has been reached that will provide the institution and the town with an excellent opportunity for discussion and action.

Princeton University is a beacon of learning, but it also has a dark history of discriminating — against African Americans, Italian Americans, Jews, and women, among other groups.

The idea that Woodrow Wilson’s name should be taken off buildings because of his poor record on civil liberties and civil rights will be explored, as it should be. Investigation and discussion of our American heroes and their feet of clay is well worthwhile. What are the criteria we should use to judge historical figures and how do we tally up the balance sheet of good deeds and bad in deciding to honor them? Is there a justification for negative actions that were “a product of their time”? How should we proceed in creating a democratic and civil society that gives everyone an equal voice and helps assuage the crimes and misdemeanors of our shared past?

These are questions begging for open discussion. All of us could benefit from cultural competency sessions. Many people would be interested in participating in a student-led discussion of freedom of speech. Socratic dialogue is what a university community is all about. If we do not listen, we cannot learn.

Scotia W. MacRae

Evelyn Place

To the Editor:

Having won election on November 3, it is an honor to continue serving the citizens of New Jersey’s 16th Legislative District as State Assemblyman.

Campaigning throughout the district is always a wonderful opportunity to share a vision — a positive vision keenly focused on reforms that will make New Jersey a better place to live, work, and retire. With this vision in mind, I remain, as before, wholly committed to providing leadership that is honest, independent, principled, and determined.

Congratulations to Assemblyman-elect Andrew Zwicker. I look forward to working in partnership with Mr. Zwicker to ensure that the citizens of the 16th Legislative District are duly represented and served.

We should all take a moment to express gratitude to Assemblywoman Donna Simon for her legislative efforts over the past four years. As a full-time legislator, Donna demonstrated steadfast commitment to public service by always finding time for constituents, working tirelessly, and fighting especially hard for many worthy causes.

Nothing serves the public good better than an involved citizenry. Let us constructively engage to meaningfully address our state crises and, in so doing, restore people’s faith in government.

Jack M. Ciattarelli

Assemblyman, District 16, Somerville 

To the Editor:

Every vote matters.

This past Election Day, all 80 seats in the New Jersey General Assembly were up for election. In the 16th Legislative District, more than 34,000 votes were cast and less than 600 votes separated all four candidates. By the time all of the provisional ballots were counted, one incumbent won. I defeated the second incumbent by 78 votes, and my running mate Maureen Vella came very close.

People are asking how we did it, how I am poised to become the first Democrat to ever represent the people of the 16th Legislative District. It wasn’t gerrymandering or big money from special interests. And it wasn’t “rocket science.” (Sorry, bad science pun.) It was, quite simply, a democratic (little “d”) grassroots campaign. There was no “secret weapon;” the difference was you.

We created the largest grassroots campaign organization in the state. That meant we had volunteers from every town in the 16th District and from all around the state. Teachers, students, carpenters, lawyers, doctors, electricians, retirees — people from all walks of life turned out to support us. We knocked on 21,000 doors and made 78,000 phone calls. We received more than 700 contributions from individuals and we fought for every vote. Our team was tremendous, they poured everything they had (and more) into this race and I just don’t know the words to express how profoundly grateful I am to them and you.

Last Thursday, I was talking to a group of supporters and a woman I had never met came up to me and told me that my victory gave her hope, made her feel that her voice was heard, that her vote truly did matter. I’ve thought about that a lot since then. That’s what I’m going to do, be your voice, your representative in Trenton. There’s a lot to be done, from growing New Jersey’s economy, to protecting our beautiful environment, or making sure that every New Jersey student has access to the finest education system in the country. In each of these and in everything I do, I will bring an evidence-based approach to public policy.

It will be a tremendous honor to be your Assemblyman. I will work hard to make you proud.

Andrew Zwicker

To the Editor:

Princeton recently witnessed a powerful example of truth and reconciliation [also see “Formal Apology and a $175,000 Gift Mark Witherspoon Church Milestone,” Town Topics, Nov.18, page 7]. In connection with the 175th anniversary of Witherspoon Street Presbyterian Church, the Presbyterian Synod of the Northeast announced that it is retiring the mortgage of $175,000 on the Paul Robeson house, righting a wrong committed over 100 years ago. In 1900, after serving for 21 years, the Rev. William Robeson, father of famous Princetonian Paul Robeson, was forced out of his pastorship at the Witherspoon Street Presbyterian Church by white members of the presbytery, causing him and his family financial and emotional hardship. Just as his son suffered for his leadership in the civil rights movement of the 20th century, the Rev. Robeson endured harsh consequences for speaking out against the discrimination experienced by Princeton’s African American community, many of whom were members of his congregation. His ouster also resulted in a significant loss in funding for Witherspoon Street Church.

The members of Not in Our Town, Princeton’s racial justice organization, whose mission is to speak truth about “everyday racism” and other forms of prejudice and discrimination and promote reconciliation with open, honest engagement and mutual respect, applaud the Synod, the Presbytery of New Brunswick, and Nassau Presbyterian Church for this bold move. We implore other institutions in Princeton to follow this example, face their histories relating to African Americans, publicly admit and apologize for wrongdoings, and take whatever steps necessary to rectify past mistakes and reach racial reconciliation.

Not in Our Town Princeton ( is a 501(c)(3) interracial, interfaith social action group committed to speaking truth about racism, prejudice, discrimination, to raising awareness of white privilege, and to seeking reconciliation, mutual respect, and open communication among diverse groups in the greater Princeton area.

Linda Oppenheim and Larry Spruill 

Co-chairs, Not in Our Town Princeton

To the Editor:

We have received several reports of door to door solicitation in Princeton neighborhoods for donations to the Crisis Ministry. We do not solicit door to door. Please spread the word to your neighbors and friends. If you would like to support us, please visit our website for our mailing address or to make a secure online donation. We thank the Princeton community for its generous support of our work!

Carolyn Biondi

Executive Director 

November 11, 2015

To the Editor:

The municipality has begun a Bicycle Master Plan Study, which is being funded by the New Jersey Department of Transportation. Community input is critical to create a successful plan for a more bikeable Princeton. Three public meetings will be held throughout the plan development process. The first of these outreach meetings will be this Thursday, November 12, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Community Room at 400 Witherspoon Street. I encourage all residents to participate!

The goal of the study is to develop a bicycle network plan that connects prime destinations within Princeton and that links to adjacent communities and regional trails. The plan will designate a specific bicycle infrastructure for each segment of the network. The intention is to make Princeton’s streets safer and more attractive for bicyclists of all ages and abilities.

At the Thursday meeting, staff from Princeton’s Engineering Department and Parsons Brinckerhoff, the study consultant, will provide an overview of the study process, gather public comments, and answer questions in an informal one-on-one basis. A Spanish language translator will be available at this meeting.

In addition, an online map is available to allow members of the community to provide input and comments at any time. For more information, please visit:

Liz Lempert


To the Editor:

Last year United States taxpayers spent nearly $11 billion cleaning up litter across the U.S. That is ten times more than the cost of trash disposal. While we may not agree on how to reduce waste, I do think everyone agrees on this: litter is unappealing, unattractive, and expensive to clean up.

Litter ends up on our lawns, in our gutters, alleyways and is often carried through storm drains into our local waterways. The presence of litter in our community is not just an environmental issue, it impacts quality of life, property values, and housing prices.

One of the best ways to address litter is to provide positive examples of how to properly dispose of waste and items that may be recycled. The disposal and recycling choices provided set an example which others chose to follow.

Princeton University sets an excellent example on its pristine and litter free campus. Every single landfill bin is paired with a recycle bin, both bins are distinctly colored and clearly labeled. When an item is added for recycle collection, like single use plastic bags, it is collected at all bins, sending a uniform and consistent message.

Over the period of 11/13-5/13, a group of volunteers advocated that the Town follow the model set by Princeton University with respect to waste and recycling. At that time the Town had 81 landfills bins and only 6 recycling bins which were all going to landfill due to contamination. The dual bins model selected by the Town lacked clear labeling; the poor design allowed for the collection of debris and attracted cigarette butts, and the lack of distinct coloring confused people. Additionally, because only 7.41 percent of the landfill bins were paired with a recycling bin residents and visitors received a mixed message about recycling. Recently the Town added six more dual bins downtown. While this second set has a labeled blue top they appear to be as contaminated as the initial set.

In 2016 I would like to see funds we have been allocating toward green programs and some money from our tonnage grants be used to model Princeton University’s example. This successful model will decrease the overflow of landfill waste in the current bins, increase recycle collection and set the right example of proper disposal, all of which would greatly reduce litter downtown.

While I advocate for action by the Town on the issue of litter, I do feel that responsibility for litter downtown belongs to all of us. We can each influence the actions of others around us at home and in our community at large. Perhaps the next time we see littler downtown, we can each do something. The Princeton Community Collective has set up an Instagram Hashtag #DirtyDowntownPrinceton to engage and encourage residents to pick up/rescue litter, dispose of it properly and then share their story with an image.

By setting the right example we can all collectively contribute to a cleaner more beautiful downtown!

Bainy Suri

Founder of The Princeton Community Collective, 

Chestnut Street

To the Editor:

When Eleanor Angoff passed away on Tuesday, October 27, Princeton lost a most sincere, effective, and fervent advocate for the housing needs of our community. On behalf of Princeton Community Housing (PCH), we express our condolences to Eleanor’s family and friends; we are writing to let others know how much Eleanor meant to our organization and to Princeton.

Whether it was the need for affordable housing for families or for market-rate senior housing, Eleanor worked tirelessly and diligently for over 20 years to make sure that our governing bodies understood the necessity of ensuring that Princeton was a town in which everyone — seniors, families, people who worked here in the schools or at the hospital, folks at every income level — could have a home. She was a prodigious writer of thoughtful letters to the local papers, an eloquent and persuasive speaker at numerous public hearings, and a role model and mentor for many on how to effectively advocate and lead.

For 23 years, Eleanor represented The Jewish Center on the Board of Trustees of Princeton Community Housing. She was a significant contributor to the work and accomplishments of our organization, whose mission is to provide, manage, and advocate for affordable housing opportunities in town. During her years on the PCH Board, Eleanor also chaired the Governance Committee and served as secretary.

Because of her expertise in and understanding of housing concerns, Eleanor was appointed to the Jewish Family and Children’s Service’s Advisory Board on Senior Activities.

In the mid-1990s Eleanor created and led the Princeton Coalition for Senior Housing in support of market rate senior housing in Princeton. She worked to meld the AARP, the Community Without Walls, the League of Women Voters, Princeton Community Housing, the Joint Commission on Aging, and the Senior Resource Center into a strong and effective coalition and led the effort to gather over 1,100 signatures on a petition.

Our fond memories of Eleanor’s one of a kind personality, effective leadership and steadfast advocacy help ease the sadness of our loss and inspire us to continue our mission and help the community to offer the variety of housing opportunities that are essential to maintaining the vibrancy and socioeconomic diversity that defines our town.

Rich Gittleman, 


Edward Truscelli,

Executive Director, Princeton Community Housing 

To the Editor:

Thanksgiving is a time for giving — a time to demonstrate to your children and grandchildren the satisfaction of giving to those who are less fortunate. Yes We CAN! Food Drives, a volunteer group that collects food for the needy, is asking you and your family to donate a fresh or frozen turkey or a cash donation to help families share in the bounty of the holiday. Last year we collected 35 turkeys. Help us double that amount this year.

You can drop off your turkey or donation on November 21, from 9 to 1, at our Yes We CAN! booth at the West Windsor Farmers’ Market. On this last day of the market season, our volunteers will still be collecting fresh produce. In fact, this season, our group has collected 12,000 pounds of donated produce from generous marketgoers and farmers.

If you prefer offering a cash donation, our volunteers will buy the turkeys that day from a local supermarket. All turkeys will be distributed to families by The Crisis Ministry of Mercer County through its food pantries in Princeton and Trenton. The pantries provide free food for over 3,000 children and adults each month who are faced with the challenge of feeding their families with adequate and healthy meals.

The West Windsor Market is located off Alexander Road on Vaughn Drive, on the way to the train station.

Fran Engler

Yes We CAN! Food Drives

November 4, 2015

To the Editor:

I took particular notice when I heard that a group called, “Working Families’ Alliance” had descended on Princeton (ever notice how every special interest advocacy group has a puppy-friendly name?) This group — headquartered in Brooklyn — has decided that they know best how we should govern our unique town, a relative oasis of prosperity in the bleak landscape of New Jersey’s limp economy. So, according to press reports, they have delivered a piece of legislation to Princeton’s Mayor and Council and are now agitating for quick approval.

The ordinance in question mandates that all private sector employers provide paid sick leave to both full and part-time employees in order to “reduce the spread of communicable disease and contagion.” It seems strange that a law focused on public health would specifically exclude workers employed in government or in the school district. Do we not believe that all workers in our schools or government buildings should be similarly protected against contagion? The inescapable conclusion is that this new ordinance is not really about public health at all, but rather an attempt to exact another tax on private employers.

Most reasonable people would agree that it would be great if all employers, including municipal government, were able to offer paid time off to all employees. But it is a different question to ponder whether it is reasonable or fair or even good policy for government to demand that employers offer this benefit. My informal survey of the larger employers in town suggests that the most successful and established businesses already give full-time workers paid time off. It is simply good business for them to retain their best workers.

But is it fair for government to coerce a small, “mom-and-pop” shop that is struggling to afford Princeton’s sky-high taxes and rents to pay a wage that it cannot support? Do we want to destroy the cultural diversity and special character of our town by driving out all the small businesses in favor of a Disneyesque streetscape where only Starbucks and J. Crew can afford to pay?

Another insidious element of the proposed ordinance is that it discriminates against the unskilled workers who typically enter the workforce through part-time work. Think of the worker with limited educational achievement who proves his worth and value to an employer by starting in a part-time role before earning his or her full-time position. Or think of your children who gladly accept inferior benefits in order to land that coveted part-time summer work. Why would an employer take a risk on new or untested or seasonal part-time workers if the law dictates a cost that exceeds the value of their input? What will you tell your kids when they cannot find any summer jobs available in Princeton?

Our elected officials talk about the need to protect affordability and the character and diversity of the town while keeping taxes low and the economy strong. These are goals on which we all agree. But actions speak louder than words.

Scott Sipprelle

Chambers Street 

To the Editor:

Volunteers have a huge impact on our communities. According to the Corporation for National and Community Service, 61.8 million individuals contributed 8 billion hours of volunteerism, generating an economic value of $162 billion nationwide.

VolunteerConnect recognizes the importance of volunteers through its annual Impact Award. This year, we are proud to honor Anne VanLent, NRG Energy, and Habitat for Humanity of Trenton for their dedication to volunteerism and their impact in Central New Jersey. The three recipients were recently recognized at a cocktail reception, The Story of Volunteering, at Labyrinth Books in Princeton.

It is with great appreciation that I would like to thank the award winners for allowing VolunteerConnect to publicly recognize their efforts. In addition to our award, the honorees graciously received a State Joint Resolution by State Senator Shirley Turner, State Assemblyman Reed Gusciora, and Assemblywoman Elizabeth Muoio acknowledging the commitment and impact their volunteer efforts have made in the State of New Jersey. We are extremely thankful that Senator Turner, Assemblyman Gusciora, and Assemblywoman Muoio took the time to acknowledge and highlight the dedicated pro bono work that our awardees have contributed to the State and our communities.

The Board and Staff would also like to express our gratitude to Dorothea von Moltke of Labyrinth Books for opening their doors to allow us to tell our “Story” in the perfect setting. In addition, we’d like to thank the committee and event volunteers that helped to make the evening a success. We were also able to exceed our event financial goals with support from our major event sponsors, including, NRG Energy, Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete, LLP, Novo Nordisk, Gil Gordon, Investors Bank, Heidi Joseph, Primed Associates, Pidgeon & Pidgeon, Robin Fogel & Associates, and Taft & Partners.

The success of this event will help VolunteerConnect support the strategic needs of Central New Jersey nonprofits by training future and current board trustees, connecting them with skills-based volunteers and providing professional development opportunities for their staff. Please visit, call (609) 921-8893 for more information.

Amy Klein, 

Executive Director, VolunteerConnect

To the Editor:

The Princeton Senior Resource Center would like to thank everyone who participated in our October 18 benefit gala celebrating family and community, making it a great success. The sold out crowd responded enthusiastically in our live and silent auctions, which featured both Fund-A-Need and Feeding Frenzy segments, and the Dueling Pianos entertainment was enjoyed by everyone in the room.

Our sponsors, advertisers, auction, and individual donors came through with extraordinary generosity for PSRC and also for our stellar honorees, all of whom have for years worked assiduously among us to improve the quality of life in our community. Rush Holt and Dr. Margaret Lancefield, Heidi Joseph and Dave Saltzman, McCaffrey’s Food Markets, and the Mayor and Council of Princeton are models of civic engagement, and we’re very grateful to count them all among our most steadfast supporters.

With their help and that of everyone who came out to celebrate with us, PSRC will continue to evolve, grow, and serve, as we move forward in our efforts to help fulfill the mandate of Princeton’s Age-Friendly designation, and as our 55-and-older cohort swells to ever-larger numbers, doing our part to ensure that everyone in our community experiences satisfaction, security, and hope — the feeling that we are all in the prime of our lives.

PSRC’s Staff and Board

To the Editor:

I read your report on the remembrance of John and Alicia Nash [“University Celebrates John and Alicia Nash: ‘Beautiful Minds’ and Legendary Lives Remembered,” Town Topics, Oct. 28 ]. I would like your readers to know that their son John Charles Martin Nash earned a PhD in mathematics from Rutgers University despite not graduating from high school or college. He also suffered from the same disease as his father.

Margaret Keenan

Markham Road

To the Editor:

On Saturday, October 17, our charitable organization held an in-person food drive for non-perishable provisions at McCaffrey’s Food Market in Princeton. This was a wonderful opportunity for us to speak to so many shoppers about who we are, what we do, and to spread awareness.

We handed shoppers our suggested list of food provisions at the entrances and on the way out of the store, generous contributions were placed in shopping carts. The gracious community of shoppers generously donated 2,100 pounds of food provisions! We certainly are grateful to the community of shoppers and to McCaffrey’s as the host food market. Bentley Community Services specifically addresses the needs of struggling working families, though employed, who are not reaching financial solvency due to the lingering unstable economy. Each week, Bentley distributes a wide range of perishable and non-perishable foods, basic needs products, and more to working families in our region, many from Mercer County, who are having difficulty making ends meet, offsetting their grocery bills. The crucial monies that are saved enables them to apply these savings toward paying down debt, meeting monthly bills and expenses, and towards financial stability and security. Our distribution facility is located at 4064 Route 1 North in Monmouth Junction. For more information, please contact us at (908) 227-0684. Our website is and please visit our facebook page.

With the season of thanks and giving upon us, we as an organization are so thankful and blessed. The positive happenings taking place every day at Bentley Community Services is truly remarkable. Thank you for your generous contributions. Thank you to McCaffrey’s. We certainly are grateful.

On behalf of Bentley Community Services, Inc. we give thanks and wish all a Happy Fall season.

Thoughts of fall

Have led us to

A familiar place

Near our hearts;

Knowing that we’ll

Soon be home to

Give to one another

In our unique ways,

Visiting old places,

Inventing new memories,

Near to each other,

Grateful for life’s bounty.

Dorothy Stearns

Executive Director, Bentley Community Services, Inc.

To the Editor:

Regarding the wording in an article that appeared on Wednesday, October 21, 2015 [Music Review, “Richardson Chamber Players Bring a Dark Period of History to Life”]: “Theresienstadt, the ghetto established in the city of Terezin, outside of Prague, in which 140,000 INDIVIDUALS were imprisoned by the Nazis….” I take issue with the word individuals. I think it should read “Jews.”

Mrs. A.L. Shagam

Fillmore Place, Lawrenceville

October 28, 2015

To the Editor:

Betsy Kalber Baglio, who is running for a seat on the Princeton Board of Education, was my student at Princeton University 20 years ago. She was a member of my Senior Seminar in Education and student teaching in Hopewell simultaneously.

Sometimes you just know that a person is a natural! While teaching requires the development of a complex set of skills and a knowledge base that far exceeds that of many professions, Betsy came with a character and personality that was just about perfect for the work. She is intelligent, cheerful, hardworking, and committed to improving the educational community. She did outstanding work as a student in my seminar and in the classroom, and has continued to grow in her professional life and learning since then. She has been a successful elementary school teacher, a teacher working with other teachers to develop their skills, a wife, mother, and active community member. It was a joy to me when she and her young family moved back to Princeton and we have continued to be friends.

Betsy brings to this work her gift for helping individuals and groups to collaborate, a talent I have seen grow over the years I have known her. She did it as a student in my seminar and continues to hone that skill. It is certainly the perfect time in our town’s educational history to bring that gift to the Board of Education. We are one town now; we have come through a difficult period which threatened to do serious damage to our schools; we can now work together to make a good educational system so much better for all our students. Betsy Baglio can and will do that. As her former teacher and her friend, I am immensely proud of her work, and I urge all to vote for her on November 3rd.

Marue Walizer

Hartley Avenue

To the Editor:

I am writing to endorse the candidacy of Dafna Kendal for election to the Princeton Board of Education and to encourage others to vote for her on Tuesday, November 3.

I grew up in Princeton and returned to raise my children here because of the unique and enriching environment that the town offers and the high quality of the education provided by our school system. Dafna is committed to maintaining that quality while also incorporating the innovation and new ideas that Princeton Public Schools need to continue to be a state — and nationally — recognized “lighthouse” school district. This combination is critical as the world and the educational needs to prepare our children to thrive in it rapidly evolve.

As a fellow member of the Littlebrook and JWMS parent communities, I have observed first-hand Dafna’s service to our schools in her leadership positions on the Littlebrook PTO as well as in numerous other volunteer roles. Dafna is always the first to raise her hand when help is needed in the classroom or during events. She has also regularly attended Board of Education meetings and has an in-depth knowledge of how our school system operates.

In addition to her passion, commitment, and service, Dafna has been an attorney for 15 years and has the highest level of competence, skills, and training to assess and analyze complex issues; generate meaningful and pragmatic solutions; and work with others to consider and implement them.

Our Board of Education, our schools, and our community will benefit from Dafna’s balance of pragmatism with passion; tradition with innovation; and business/legal expertise with above-and-beyond service orientation. I urge you to join me in voting for Dafna Kendal on Tuesday, November 3.

Anne Desmond

Tee-Ar Place

To the Editor:

The future is now for Andrew Zwicker and his political partner Maureen Vella. Their opponents have been lockstep in support of Governor Christie’s job-depleting, infrastructure-depleting agenda — policies that were implemented to nihilistic “Tea Partyers in Iowa. New Jersey continues to rank near the bottom in job creation and our bond rating keeps plummeting.

Physicist Zwicker offers hope to reverse the calculated mismanagement of his opponents. He has a proven record as head of Science Education at Princeton Plasma Physics in investing in people (check out his Wikipedia page).

To meet Andrew is to like and admire his curiosity and pragmatic policy initiatives. See for yourself, YouTube Andrew Zwicker. If former Congressman Rush Holt had a younger brother, it would be Andrew.

Please vote for Andrew Zwicker for New Jersey National Assembly 16th district on Tuesday, Nov. 3.

This election promises to be close, so every vote will count.

Adam Bierman

Grover Avenue

To the Editor:

As concerned parents of students in the Princeton Public Schools, we support Rob Dodge and Dafna Kendal for seats on the Board of Education.

At Board meetings throughout this past year, Rob has regularly brought up important points about the budget and increased overcrowding in our schools, advocating preparation now and a close working relationship with the municipal council to effectively manage future class sizes and resources for our children. Beyond these core concerns, Rob has a clear and nuanced understanding of the wide variety of local, state, and even national issues that are important to our schools.

Dafna has shown a rare willingness to ask tough questions, and her training as a lawyer helps her get to the root of thorny problems. She is committed to providing all students in the district with the best possible opportunities to learn, from those who need extra help to learn effectively to those who thrive with extra enrichment. Dafna will be sure to keep the Board focused on the central issue: The quality of our children’s education.

Rob and Dafna have both shown their concern for the future of our school system, for their own children and all of our children. As Board of Education members, they will work hard to ensure that “Princeton” remains synonymous with “education” at all levels.

Owen O’Donnell, Amy Goldstein

Snowden Lane

To the Editor:

Some people pride themselves in claiming that they “vote for the person, not the party.” While it’s essential to vote for candidates of excellent character and leadership abilities, party is equally important. Why? Because of policies and priorities.

I support Heather Howard and Lance Liverman for Princeton Council. Because of who they are, I know they will continue to be responsive to our residents, and work hard for the good of all. Because they are Democrats, I can be confident that they will seek progressive solutions to whatever problems our town may face. Because that’s what Democrats do.

As members of a team of Democrats, Heather and Lance helped make sure that our town was ready to implement marriage equality faster than any other town in Mercer County. They worked to build trust between our immigrant neighbors and the police, and supported local efforts to combat wage theft. In the wake of yet another massacre, Heather and Lance stood with other Democrats from the town and across the state to demand laws to rein in gun violence. And both are working to pass an earned sick leave ordinance to benefit workers and families in Princeton. These are the kinds of actions that reflect core Democratic values from the national level on down, and which Republicans (with rare exceptions) typically oppose.

On November 3, I will vote for Heather, Lance, and the other Democrats on the ballot. Vote for the person AND the party, because policies and priorities matter.

Dan Preston

Moore Street

To the Editor:

Mercer County has been governed by the Democratic party for decades. As Mercer County deals with the many challenges facing our county, it is now time to bring new leadership, thinking, and expertise to the Mercer County Board of Chosen Freeholders.

We have known Ira Marks for 35 years. During that time, we have seen Ira do a remarkable job on the Lawrence Township School Board by reducing school taxes without sacrificing educational quality. Ira was also one of the leaders who fought the developer-driven Lawrence Township Council back in the 1980s. As a result, Lawrence Township is a beautiful town today, with a Master Plan designed appropriately.

He is that candidate for Freeholder who will bring new leadership, thinking and financial expertise to the Board of Freeholders. Ira, a CPA, has over 30 years of experience dealing with financial issues in both the private and public arenas. Ira has the expertise to deal with Mercer County’s $325 million budget. Ira’s goals include seeking tax revenues from sources other than our Mercer County homeowners and enhancing the quality of life for Mercer residents in all areas of our county.

Ira was named one of the state’s leading CPAs by New Jersey Monthly Magazine earlier this year. Change is good — Ira is the nominee to bring that needed change to Mercer County. Vote for Ira on November 3.

Michael and Mary Cleary

Pembroke Court

To the Editor:

As current and former school board members writing as Princeton voters (not on behalf of the Board of Education), we are proud that our public school community has surmounted many challenges in recent years. Our district has become stronger, more financially stable, and is operating better than ever. Many people worked hard to bring our district to this point, but few more so than Patrick Sullivan. The strength and ongoing improvement of our school district hinges upon the election of extremely capable, dedicated, selfless people like Pat.

Pat is highly intelligent, thoughtful, and earnest. We have had the privilege of working closely with him on the school board on a wide variety of matters. To every problem, Pat applies exceptional financial and legal acumen, incisive analytical skills, and a pragmatic, results-oriented approach. In every discussion, Pat raises the level of discourse by his courteous, professional demeanor and his ability to empathize with varied, often conflicting, perspectives on complex issues. A natural thought leader since his first day on the board, Pat never tries to impress or dominate. His board work is marked by a collegial approach, insightful contributions, creative ideas, and hard work.

Pat has a nuanced understanding of the often politically charged issues in public education at all levels. He is the ideal steward of the district; never reactive, never shortsighted. Pat makes his decisions as a board member based both on his long-term vision of what our schools can and should be for all children and a sharp, unwavering focus on what’s best for the children and educators now.

Please join us in voting for Pat Sullivan (ballot position No. 3) for the Board of Education on Tuesday, November 3.

Anne Burns,

Molly Chrein, 

Daniel Haughton,

Martha Land, 

Timothy Quinn,

Andrea Spalla

To the Editor:

I have lived in Princeton for 53 years, and care about our elected state officials. Jack Ciattarelli and Donna Simon are doing an outstanding job for the 16th Legislative District, which represents Princeton. They are honest, hard-working, dedicated, and are not afraid to reach across the aisle to achieve goals they feel are important for our district. Because they have made a name for themselves by conscientiously serving all constituents, we need them representing us in Trenton.

Jack and Donna are up for re-election to the State Assembly on Tuesday, November 3. I urge you to support these experienced candidates.

Joan Bassett

Harriet Drive

To the Editor:

New Jersey is a small state with very large problems. Under Governor Chris Christie, our burdens have multiplied with one poor administrative decision after another, the unfinished cleanup of Hurricane Sandy still on our agenda, and the lingering shadows of scandal, to name just a few. We all know that Governor Christie’s attempts to present himself as a viable presidential candidate are unsuccessful, nationally as well as here in his own state. His vision is flawed and his policies are just as wrong for us as for the country as a whole.

Thanks to this administration, New Jersey has one of the nation’s highest unemployment rates and an intolerable debt rating. At the same time, the Christie administration refused to support the job-creating and critical third tunnel into New York City, which would have been paid for largely by the federal government; has failed to support a hike in the laughably low gasoline tax; is attempting to defund Planned Parenthood which provides health care for working women (and men); is undermining our public school system; and is fighting hard to revoke conservation easements already in place, gutting the entire concept of forever green, which is deeply important to the future of this crowded state.

Is this what we want more of? I say it is time for a change. We need to elect fresh, energetic, and sensible representatives for the 16th District. Andrew Zwicker and Maureen Vella, a physicist and judge, respectively, have the background and experience to help turn New Jersey around. Both Zwicker and Vella are accustomed to dealing with difficult issues in the worlds of science, technology, education, social policy, and civil liberties — Andrew at the Princeton Plasma Physics Lab and Maureen in New Jersey’s courts. New Jersey needs representatives like Zwicker and Vella who can lead us once again to prominence in corporate scientific endeavors, in education, in women’s rights, in environmental preservation, in medical research, and other essential public policy arenas.

Anyone who runs for public office deserves our gratitude. But it is time for a clean sweep. We must bring in forward-looking representatives with the vision and talents to bring New Jersey into the future. On Nov. 3, vote for Andrew Zwicker and Maureen Vella.

Casey Lambert

North Road

To the Editor:

As a member of the sandwich generation caring for aging parents and young children, I wholeheartedly endorse the Liverman/Howard team for their expressed passionate commitment to making Princeton safe for the senior and youth populations alike. And setting a great moral example for every Princeton citizen, they also have publicly declared a determination to guarantee the safety of everyone no matter what their ethnic background.

These two incumbents, who serve as Princeton Council’s liaisons to the Public Safety Committee, worry about the safety of my parents and my children as though they were related to me. They are sickened by the swatting incidents in the schools and the often unexpressed but very real terror felt by the school children under psychological attack. And simultaneously they worry about the safety of the vulnerable seniors, often home alone and targets for physical attacks and fiscal scammers.

Lance and Heather have been very active in helping the police department come together in a more efficient operation after consolidation. The department achieved savings while actually enhancing services, by instituting community policing (Safe Neighborhood Bureau). And given the national debate and tragedies in Ferguson and elsewhere, they are committed to continue their work to strengthen law enforcement ties to the community — so that everyone in town feels they are represented and protected.

Lance and Heather — it is a safe bet that I will be voting for you both on November 3.

Tracey Craig

Witherspoon Street