The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, March 10, 2000

Brophy to run for town moderator

To the Editor:

I plan to run for town moderator in the May 9 election. For the last few years of my attendance at Town Meeting, I have had an eye toward this position and have been studying the ins and outs of procedure. For the last year I have been preparing seriously by discussing the position with Carlisle's moderator and town clerk and the town clerk in Concord, studying the Town Meeting Time handbook, and attending Westford's Annual and Fall Meetings under the mentorship of Moderator Ellen Harde.

I am a writer and museum professional with fifteen years' experience managing nonprofit governing boards. My husband and I have lived in Carlisle for 14 years. Our two sons attend Carlisle Public Schools.

I enjoy the Town Meeting process immensely. I value an enlightening discussion involving a respectful exchange of information in an efficient and collegial manner. I would enjoy the opportunity and challenge of moderating the meeting.

Sarah S. Brophy
Curve Street

Stevenson running again

To the Editor:

This letter serves as my announcement to run for re-election to the Carlisle Board of Selectmen. It has been an honor to represent the people of Carlisle for the past three years and I look forward to continuing that service. As a lifelong resident of Carlisle, I believe I bring to the board a unique perspective, endeavoring to balance our rich historical character while at the same time understanding the challenges inevitable with change and growth. I fully recognize Carlisle's greatest challenge of managing that growth so that we effectively serve the needs of all citizens. I will continue to look for ways to distribute our limited financial resources in a manner that preserves necessary services and strengthens many of the valuable programs that our local government provides. I will aim to represent the variety of interests in Carlisle and deliberate in a manner that shows complete respect for the diversity of opinions that abound. The process can be equally as important as the end result.

I wish to thank those who have supported me in the past and ask for all of your support in the upcoming election on May 9. I look forward to serving you with continued sincerity, integrity and humility.

Thank you,
Douglas A. G. Stevenson
Cross Street

More to the antenna story

To the Editor:

I would like to comment on the letter from Timothy Fohl entitled "Radiation from transmitters is harmless." I am an antenna design engineer and one of my main responsibilities is predicting the radiation pattern from antennas as this is a main design criteria. (The permissible power density level I have used for calculations for the U.S. military is 0.3 milliwatts per square centimeter.) While I can assume that Mr. Fohl's radiation specialist could predict the electromagnetic field power density at the base of the antenna tower, that is not the only area of interest. Antennas have a property called "directivity," where the antenna focuses the energy in desired directions, and the base of the tower would be designed to have a very low level. It could easily be 50 dB down (1/10,000) from the main beam. Therefore, in the antenna pointing direction, at the same distance as the height of the antenna, depending on the size and frequency of the antenna, the radiation power density could be 100 times the permissible limit. (assuming it was 0.001 times the permissible level at the base). For a point four times the distance, the power level would be more than six times the limit. Therefore, I would suggest that a power density contour of the radiation pattern, covering the town of Carlisle, with a "not to exceed" limitation, be included in any cellular tower application.

For further information, the power density levels considered "safe" or "permissible" have not been rigorously determined. There are no studies existing, to my knowledge, that show that constant exposure to a 0.3 milliwatt per squre centimeter electromagnetic power density for 30 years will have no health effects whatsoever, because cause and effect, especially over that length of time with the huge number of other variables, is hard to correlate. It is a fact that antenna engineers have a much higher rate of cataracts than other workers, which were caused by aligning antennas by eye. There have also been reports of higher birth defects and higher miscarriage rates in a town with many high-power microwave dishes, with the problems occurring along the antenna beam directions.

Barbara E. Pauplis
Estabrook Road

Celebrate Girl Scout Week

To the Editor:

March 12 represents the birthday of Girl Scouting, the date in 1912 when the first 18 Girl Scout members were officially registered. The week in which March 12 falls is known as Girl Scout Week. If you happen to be in the Carlisle School between March 12 and 18, check the display case outside the library to see what the Carlisle Girl Scouts have been up to and to test your knowledge of Girl Scout trivia. Happy 88th birthday to the Girl Scouts!

Catherine Galligan
South Street

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