Friday, June 4, 1999
Frustrated with Kosovo action
To the Editor:
I am writing this letter to express deep frustration. The behavior of the United States government in the Balkans is a disgrace but we don't seem to be able to face up to it. Our government has used an admittedly bad situation to justify massive bombardment of Serbia and surrounds. Why are we raining death and destruction on Serbs, Albanians, Chinese, Swedes, Swiss and others? Supposedly we are helping the Kosovars; however, the direct effects of the bombing are to uproot them, kill them and destroy their country.
There are many ways to address the problems of the Balkans, none easy, but what we are doing is about the worst that I can visualize. We are carrying out a "war" using strategies and tactics dictated entirely by domestic politics. There is no real commitment to win. Under these conditions, there is no possibility of winning. We will not bring down the Milosevic government by aerial bombardment short of total (and unthinkable) destruction of Serbia.
The spokespersons for this wave of destruction speak frequently of degrading the enemy's capabilities. What is really being degraded is the world position and credibility of the United States. Like the bombing of Iraq and the missile attacks in the Sudan and Afghanistan which preceded it, our actions in the Balkans strengthen our enemies and weaken the loyalty of our friends. Governments of NATO members and NATO itself may be brought down. East-Block hard-liners, Saddam Hussein and Muslim extremists all have benefited and will continue to do so. This wanton destruction amidst confusion, incompetence, dishonesty, and the perception that our actions are mainly guided by internal politics have created an image of America that is appalling.
About three weeks into the bombing I wrote our Washington delegation asking them to oppose it. Eventually Rep. Meehan sent me a form letter, which apparently was written before the bombing began, assuring me that all would turn out well and we were in good hands. The two senators made no response. Predictably, all hasn't turned out well and our representation seems paralyzed. Hence, my frustration.
Swim program at risk
To the Editor:
Carlisle Recreation is in danger of canceling our Red Cross swim program due to a regional shortage of swim instructors in New York and New England. We need local help to make this summer program possible. If you are a trained Water Safety Instructor or a good swimmer willing to train (class available in Lowell in June), please help us keep our swim program going. Even working for a week or two, or an hour or two per day will help us make this program possible. Water Safety Instructors must be 17 or older and good swimmers. Call us at 369-9815 for more information.
Carlisle Recreation Commission
Deer study a success
To the Editor:
I want to take this opportunity to thank the residents of Carlisle for their cooperation this past winter with the white-tailed deer research program that MassWildlife began. Many town residents allowed us to either tramp through their yards to get to bait sites or actually set up bait stations and capture deer on their property. Despite the mild winter, we were quite successful, capturing and radio-collaring 26 deer. The collars are made of brown material with a bright patch on the top and a black radio that hangs around the deer's neck.
These collared deer will be used to help us estimate the deer population in the area in a couple of ways. We will use a direct method next winter in which we use aerial surveys to count the deer. By having a portion of the deer marked with radiocollars, we can use the ratio of collared to uncollared deer seen during those counts to calculate a population estimate. Another way we will be able to use the information from these deer is by monitoring their survival rates through time. The collars should last a minimum of three years. Knowing the annual survival rate, expecially the proportion of the population removed during the legal hunting seasons and through vehicle collisions, will allow us to calibrate our population models for suburban Massachusetts. These models are based on the numbers of deer in various age classes that we examine during the hunting seasons every year at check stations. By determining the proportion of our sample of Carlisle deer that are removed during the hunting seasons, we can apply that correction factor to other suburban communities and more accurately estimate deer numbers.
We already know that deer in suburbia have lower exposure to hunting than deer in more rural areas. Thus, survival rates are high and populations have increased, especially in the last ten years. Our goal as the state agency responsible for conserving wildlife is to keep deer numbers at levels that are compatible with the environment and at levels that people will tolerate. Good information about the population is essential. We appreciate the help of all the people in Carlisle in this research project. If you have any specific questions, please feel free to write or call me at: MassWildlife, Field Headquarters, Westboro, MA 01581, 508-792-7270.
John E. McDonald, Jr., Ph.D.
Deer/moose project leader
Thanks from Lane
To the Editor:
I would like to express my sincere appreciation to all residents who supported me for planning board in the recent election. I appreciate the extra effort it takes to write in a candidate's name rather than choose someone already on the ballot. I plan to return the favor by expending extra effort in representing your interests.
It was a pleasure getting to know the other candidates (Linda Lineback and Louise Hara), the continuing members of the board, and the voters who stopped by on election day. I look forward to working with all of you for the next five years.
© 1999 The Carlisle Mosquito