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Letter: Battlefield Society Extends Offer to IAS

Writer says the Princeton Battlefield Society and the Institute for Advanced Study are presently steering opposite courses, but it does not have to be that way.

 

Dear Editor, 

We are all sick of hearing about cliffs and whether we are going over them. I wish to point out that this is not the first cliff we have encountered as a country. 

In the winter of 1776-77, our young country was on such a cliff facing uncertainty and danger. General Washington and the Continental Army were facing annihalation and yet in 10 days, fought and clawed their way away from that cliff of disaster. Victories at Trenton and Princeton breathed new life into a faltering cause. 

It is no wonder that they succeeded, after all, they were the men of the generation who said "give me liberty or give me death!" It should be no surprise to anyone that many citizens feel that the Princeton Battlefield now under threat of development by the Institute for Advanced Study, should be preserved in honor of this generation. To me, it is self evident. 

I write with a civic conscience and a vision to next year when we will celebrate our State's 350th Anniversary. When people come to New Jersey to see our History, what will they see, another housing development? 

The Princeton Battlefield Society and the Institute for Advanced Study are presently steering opposite courses, but it does not have to be that way. At Thanksgiving, I extended an invitation to the new Director of the IAS to sit down and discuss this issue. Today, I extend that invitation to any Board member of the IAS. 

J. Carney

Trustee- Princeton Battlefield Society

PrincetonIQ January 24, 2013 at 04:25 AM
Our founding fathers were about progress, fresh perspectives, new beginnings. They didn't erect monuments to themselves and didn't want us to wallow in our past. They were about the future. I believe in proper preservation of important spaces, however they might be defined. But the Princeton Battlefield Society is beyond its bounds, and this letter reinforces their pitiful standing. "We're in charge, sit down so we can lecture you and you can be made to be little," is the underlying message. I hope the Institute for Advance Study, which clearly is within its moral and legal obligatons, sues for its rights -- just as Washington fought against tyranny -- and knocks Carney back a couple of steps.

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