The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, March 3, 2000

An added thanks

To the Editor:

In my recent letter of thanks to the Carlisle community for supporting our annual citrus fruit fundraiser, I inadvertantly omtted the name of Bill Brown, Carlisle resident and owner of the Minor Chord music store on Route 2A in Acton. Mr. Brown, a consistent supporter of music education in general and our Carlisle Schools in particular, once again stepped up and provided our top student sellers with appropriate gift certificates to his store.

Thanks, Bill, for your continued support.

Tom O'Halloran
Director of music
Carlisle Schools

Transfer station safety encouraged by household waste committee member

To the Editor:

Any Carlisle resident who has visited the transfer station regularly can attest to the high activity level of the facility, particularly on Saturdays. This degree of activity creates safety concerns. Vehicular traffic has the potential of being hazardous at the transfer station. Cars and trucks pull into the facility filled with materials that can impede the visibility of the drivers. Drivers jockey their positions for the limited spaces available in front of the recycling bins. The possibility of vehicle vs. pedestrian accidents is high. Extreme caution is warranted by drivers and pedestrians.

Children and pets should be kept in the vehicles. Charitable group leaders should weigh the risks of planning fundraising events involving children at the transfer station. It is simply not safe.

The recycling container for glass bottles is a particularly hazardous area. Recyclers tend to pitch bottles into the bin which then shatter and send out slivers of glass shrapnel. Bottles should be placed as gently as possible into the container. The metal platforms located between the compacting containers are potential safety hazards as well. People are sometimes observed climbing over these platforms in order to gain access to another compacting bin. The platforms can be extremely slippery. They are not designed to serve as pedestrian crossings. People who need access to a different compactor should circle their vehicles around to the desired location.

Transfer station attendants are always available for assistance and advice. Increasing safety awareness at the transfer station will serve to minimize the chance of tragedy and keep visits to the facility a pleasant experience.

Keith Asarkof, member
Household Waste Committee

"No" to footpaths

To the Editor:

I agree with Ward Welch­we do not need footpaths in Carlisle. He's right­it would change the rural nature of the town.

If people want footpaths, let them move to Concord or Lexington where every street is footpathed to town.

Let's keep Carlisle the way it is and consider using our tax dollars for something that will benefit all.

Susan Evans
Heald Road

Radiation from transmitters is harmless

To the Editor:

The question of health hazards associated with cellular phone transmitters comes up in various contexts, the most recent being a meeting in Concord which was reported in the February 4 edition of the Mosquito. As a physicist I have done some research on this and other microwave health effects and would like to comment on the issue.

First, let me say that it is important to be quantitative about the amount of effect which is physically present. The only physical parameter which has been identified as relevant is the power density at a person's body. This is expressed in watts per unit area. The presently accepted maximum permissible power density is about 0.5 milliwatt per square centimeter. This is equal to one half a thousandth of a watt per square centimeter or about three thousandths of a watt per square inch. A one hundred watt light bulb ten inches from your skin gives a power density of about 80 thousandths of a watt per square inch.

When you use a typical cell phone, the power density at your head is about at the maximum permissible level. It is true that there is a long running debate on the details of this limit. It used to be more than ten times higher and was reduced because of some uncertainty about the effects of microwave radiation on humans. It should be noted that there is no evidence that people were being harmed, even at the old higher levels.

The radiation density on the ground from the central transmitter, whether it is located on a tower or on a building, is much less. Although the total power is greater than from hand-held units, the distance to the person is also greater. According to calculations made by a radiation specialist at MIT, the power level on the ground when a transmitter is located on a two-story building is generally less than one tenth of one percent of the permissible limit. In a limited area just underneath the installation, it can reach about five percent. When the transmitter is located on a typical tower, about 160 feet from the ground, the radiation density is considerably less. Typically, it is one hundredth of one percent or less of the permissible limit with a small area reaching a few tenths of one percent.

The message here is that if you are concerned about radiation levels, don't use cell phones, but the radiation from the transmitters is harmless.

Timothy Fohl
South Street

Many thanks for Mosquito office tours

To the Editor:

This is a belated thank-you for an informative and fun tour of the Mosquito offices. Mrs. Harte, Huber, Hult and Zezima came in on their day off to teach us about the history of the paper, how they select the articles and how the layout is a big puzzle to fit all the pictures, ads and articles on the pages. We were even encouraged to contribute a report or critique that could be published. Thanks again for taking the time to share your jobs and how a newspaper is made.

Third Grade Cub Scouts
Dens 11, 12 and 13

To the Editor:

Thank you for showing us around the building. I liked the graphics because you just stick pictures already made, covered in wax on the newspaper. I enjoy reading the letters that people send in.

Henry Carr

To the Editor:

Thank you for the tour of where you make the Mosquito.

Parker Schweer

To the Editor:

Thank you!! Thank you for the tour of the place.


To the Editor:

Thank you for the wonderful tour. I want to make a newspaper too when I grow up. Thank you.

Jimmy Robert Burnham

To the Editor:

Thank you for showing us your newspaper. I like the police blotter. It keeps me aware of criminal activity. Thank you.

Good bye,
Matthew Cheever

To the Editor:

I would like to add my thanks to those of the boys. There was more "chatter" about the Mosquito than any other tour we have taken this year.

Thank you very much,
Mary Cheever
Den 4 leader

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