The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, August 18, 2000

Can't the spraying stop?

To the Editor:

For the last few years, someone near our house (190 Bingham Road) has been spraying every damp morning, after rain. Is there any way you can modify your unending fight against the unending mosquitoes, so that our right to breathe freely is not impinged upon?

Instead of clean-washed air, my asthmatic husband has to endure that poison. Do you really think this has no effect on all of us, in the long run? Dream on.

Dogs, heartworm, West Nile sickness... what will the chemical companies' vested-interest-rallying cry be next?

Beatrice Shneider
Bingham Road

That's a fox

To the Editor:

On page 4 of the August 4 Mosquito is a photo by Luke Bagnaschi captioned, "Coyote on the Prowl." Look again: dark on muzzle, tail longer than hind legs, dark feet-all point to gray fox (Urocyon cinereoargenteus). The photo caption goes on to report that the animal "...was friendly and seemed fearless as it rubbed up against him." For Luke to have allowed close approach, much less body contact, from a wild mammal was unwise; this behavior usually indicates illness, not tameness. The photo was spectacular, but such creatures should be given a wide berth.

Ken Harte
Estabrook Road

Cycle to fight MS

To the Editor:

Join the Oceanside Bike Fest, Saturday, September 9, and cycle past cranberry bogs and beautiful beaches in southeastern Massachusetts. Ride 25, 50, or 100 miles at your own pace, and help raise money to fight the devastating effects of multiple sclerosis. Cyclists should contact the Central New England Chapter of the National MS Society at 1-800-493-9255 or online at The National Multiple Sclerosis thing people with MS can count on.

Steven R. Sookikian
MS Director of Communications

2000 The Carlisle Mosquito