Forum was timely
To the Editor:
I would like to compliment Mr. Peterson on his timely and well written Forum Article “Burnt offerings” in this past week’s Mosquito. I think we can all agree that children, in particular yours, mine, ours, theirs, should be off limits to political or personal attacks.
If I was to critique one thing, it would be to point out that it was not Trump, but rather our senior Senator Elizabeth Warren, who took it upon herself to use her prominent persona and platform to publicly libel the children from Covington Catholic. Given the scandalous behavior that has occurred at Ferns in recent weeks by our Carlisle Middle School students, I suspect there are many parents who are (or should be) thankful that no similarly malevolent person has recorded their children’s antics, edited the videos to cast them in the poorest light possible, maligning their intentions before thrusting them into the national news.
Douglas M. Sproule, MD MSc
Deer hunt gets bad grade
To the Editor:
F for Failure, not S for Success is the true grade for the recent Carlisle Deer Hunt.
Killing large numbers of deer was the success criteria of the BOS appointed Deer Committee who self-graded the hunt a success although only ten deer were killed by 18 hunters in eight weeks from October 1 through November 24.
A child knows that someone getting four out of five problems wrong fails an exam. Five different forest areas carefully selected supposedly for being severely damaged by many deer were hunted. Given the hype for forest damage by all these deer, one would be surprised if a large number were not killed in each of those five areas. Be greatly surprised. In those eight weeks, zero deer were killed in Conant and Greenough. One deer each was killed in Benfield and the Town Forest. A capital F is a fair assessment on the success of the hunt in each of these four areas.
The Davis Corridor had eight deer killed, averaging just a single deer per week, a small number contradicting the vision presented to us of hordes of deer måçunching away. But even a passing grade of P wouldn’t elevate the Pilot Hunt to a success against four F’s.
How could the high deer density estimate be so wrong? The estimate technique is just a guess subject to the bias of the person performing the estimate.
Join the planners of Old Home Day
To the Editor:
While winter still has us in its icy grip, a small team of Carlisle folks are thinking ahead to warmer days and specifically the wonderful event known simply as “Old Home Day.” For those new to town or who have never attended, this is a special day for the town where we come together to celebrate our neighborhood and socialize in simpler ways. It’s a chance to recognize through awards and scholarships those in town that have gone above and beyond to help one another and our community.
Carlisle is a special place, and this day provides a fun and friendly time for us; it celebrates personal involvement whether in running a race, baking a pie or cake, creating a piece of art, parading through town, or participating in a fun game or two. Each year we select a theme that we hope inspires each of us to create something and brings out a unique and special element that is Carlisle. We would encourage you to visit our website, www.carlisleohd.org and submit your suggestion for this year’s Old Home Day.
Finally, this event is put on entirely through your donations and the hard work of our team of volunteers. This selfless group has a great time together and more importantly takes immense satisfaction in creating an event that measures its success in the smiles and laughter on an early summer day. While the time demand is low for most of year, the satisfaction and sense of accomplishment when you see your work on Old Home Day is immense (and personally I think we are the most fun organization in town). If you think that is something you would like to be a part of, we encourage you to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Keep your eyes out in the coming months for more information.
Niles & Christie Cocanour
Chairs OHD Committee
Deer Run Lane, Chelmsford