The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, November 3, 2000

Hult appreciation

To the Editor:

Mary Hult continues a long tradition of excellence at the Mosquito. Over the years, the town and the newspaper have been blessed with a dedicated group of hardworking, caring, and probing editors. The editors, reporters, and staff of the Mosquito are part of what makes Carlisle special. What better way to pass a Friday evening or Saturday morning than perusing the newspaper -- everything you could possibly want to read.

Mary brought a mix of humor, passion, and insightfulness to the news editor position. She cares deeply about the town, the people, and the various and differing perspectives on issues. Presenting the news in a balanced and interesting way is a challenge to any news editor, particularly if you have very limited resources as we do at the Mosquito. Mary Hult and the staff at the Mosquito have done an outstanding job.

We will miss Mary, but I am sure that the tradition of excellence will continue with Maya. Thank you, Mary, for all that was published, and for all that wasn't. Mostly, thank you for being you.

John Ballantine
Fiske Street

Town Meeting accessible to hard-of-hearing

To the Editor:

Town Meeting is coming up and it is one of those quintessential Carlisle experiences that I try not to miss. Fortunately, thanks to the town's compliance with the ADA, I don't have to. I have a severe hearing loss, but I can hear at town meeting because there is an assistive listening system (ALS) installed in the Corey auditorium.

If you've been staying away from town meeting because it is too hard to hear, please make use of this technology. You simply have to wear headphones, attached to a small receiver (rather like a Walkman) and you'll be able to hear everything that is said into the microphones.

By the way, I've also used this system for a CSA program. It is portable and can be attached to any amplified system. The town owns the ALS, but David Flannery at the school is in charge of it and has done a terrific job of hooking it up when need be.

I'd be happy to talk with anyone who has questions about using the ALS.

Terry Golson
Sunset Road

Carlisle Schools task force needs citizen input on civility issues

To the Editor:

The first system goal for the Carlisle Schools states: "It is our shared and deeply held belief that our students and our entire school community must embrace the concept of civility. In order to actualize it within our learning environment, we commit ourselves to examining our programs, our actions and our practices and to supporting and developing those which strengthen the civility of our school culture." It is also a common belief by all members of our community that an increased effort in accomplishing this lofty goal would meet with much enthusiasm.

The school administration is serving as the catalyst in forming a task force that will eventually draft proposed policies for the school and community that will assist in creating a more civil environment. We also hope to further develop programs that bring our goal to reality.

We are looking for school staff members, school committee members, parents and people from the community who may not have children in school but are genuinely interested in this critical issue. Our first meeting is scheduled for Thursday, November 9, at 4 p.m. If you are interested in participating on the task force, please call Bev Woolard at school (369-6550). If you are interested but cannot attend on that date and time, please call and leave a message with Ms. Woolard.

I look forward to your help in strengthening our concerns for each other within our school culture.

Andre Goyer
Principal, Carlisle Schools
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Thanks from center residents

To the Editor:

On behalf of the town center residents, I would like to thank all those who so graciously gave candy for our use on Halloween this year. We would also like to express our gratitude to Daisy's Market for agreeing to collect the candy and to Terry Golson who had the idea for this last year.

A great Carlisle tradition -- one we all look forward to each year -- is the visitations of the many ghouls, goblins, witches, fairy princesses and creatively costumed children who knock on our doors Halloween night. It is a pleasure to see the children and to welcome familiar faces to the town center. Your generous giving only adds to the community feeling of the event and we very much appreciate your support.

Dale Ryder and
all town center residents

ConsCom opposes Article 7

To the Editor:

The conservation commission is opposed to Article 7 on the fall Town Meeting Warrant (joining the Central Massachusetts Mosquito Control Project). The commission believes the town should not become a member of the state program for three reasons:

The state program includes the application of larvacide in any town wetland or waterbody without landowner consent. The commission believes citizens should have the right to refuse applications on their property and also to be informed in advance when they do give consent.

In addition, the state program includes spraying for adult mosquitoes based on complaints that mosquitoes are simply a nuisance. The commission believes that if spraying for adult mosquitoes is necessary, it should be based on a clear public health threat, not just inconvenience. The effects of pesticides on humans and wildlife are a serious consideration, and demand spraying only when absolutely necessary.

Finally, the state program incorporates wetland alteration, dredging and draining and is exempt from both the Massachusetts Wetlands Protection Act and the Carlisle Wetlands Protection Bylaw. The conservation commission, responsible for these important laws protecting our water quality, wildlife and fisheries, believes that uncontrolled and unmonitored digging can lead to irreparable damage to Carlisle's wetlands and streams. If such alteration is necessary to control for disease vectors, the state's proposal should be subject to the same review as any private landowner's.

The commission urges voters to instead consider a town-based program that allows us to make decisions over how, where and when control for mosquito vectors is undertaken that are sound from the standpoint of both public health and environmental quality.

We remind Carlisle residents that there are a few simple things we can do to reduce the number of breeding mosquitoes without chemicals or wetland alteration. We can all take measures to limit "stagnant" water in our yards by checking pool covers, tarps, gutters, accumulated tires, and other places that trap water that are often breeding sites for disease-carrying mosquitoes.

Carlisle Conservation Commission.
Carolyn Kiely, Tom Brownrigg, Jonathan Beakley,
Christine Gaulden, Eric Jensen
Jo Rita Jordan, John Lee

Ban greyhound racing

To the Editor:

I am ten years old and I cannot vote but you can! I am writing to ask you to vote "YES" on Question 3 this election day. Question 3 would ban greyhound racing in Massachusetts. Because I am a dog lover, I have read a lot about how mistreated the greyhounds are when they are on the racing circuit. They are underfed, often injured and can be killed if they are not good racers. You may see ads on T.V. saying how well the dogs are cared for in Massachusetts but don't fall for these persuasive ads. The dogs are not kept in Massachusetts for any period of time but sent state to state to race. Is the sport of dog racing so important that it is worth having so many dogs hurt and abused every year? Please think about this and vote "YES" on Question 3.

David Dawson
Autumn Lane

To the Editor:

The issue of gun violence brought up last week is also an issue of accountability of the people who take it upon themselves to perform horrific acts and also the parents who allow access to these weapons. Parents should be accountable for allowing easy access to firearms, allowing underage children access to the car, liquor or medicine cabinet.

It is now and has been for over 30 years a federal crime to sell a handgun to anyone under the age of 21 or to bring a firearm of any description on any school grounds.

We attempt to blame an inanimate object as "bad." We tried and failed miserably for 15 years during Prohibition. We need to enforce the current laws we have instead of adding more. The tragedies of Columbine and other places are terrible. However, we must stop pointing the finger of blame at the tool used but rather at the individual wielding that tool.

You mention how George Bush signed legislation allowing concealed weapons to be carried yet, prior to this, people were walking around with the firearms strapped to their waists. I personally feel more intimidated with people who I do not know having firearms exposed.

To answer the question you put forth that "Texas is one of the few states with no minimum age for handgun possession. Are these sensible gun laws?"if they are the will of the people of Texas then yes, they most assuredly are sensible. Also let me point out a few statistics you forgot to mention: during the time Governor Bush has been in office, "juvenile violent crime" is down 44 percent, "overall crime" is down 14 percent and "violent crime" by 20 percent in Texas.

Let's make people who commit crime accountable and vigorously prosecute them and stop attempting to take away the freedom of law abiding citizens. The power to legislate should never be confused with the power to rule. One is the consensus of the many, the latter is the consensus of the few.

Fred Rubenstein
Ember Lane



To the Editor:

The issue of gun violence brought up last week is also an issue of accountability of the people who take it upon themselves to perform horrific acts and also the parents who allow access to these weapons. Parents should be accountable for allowing easy access to firearms, allowing underage children access to the car, liquor or medicine cabinet.

It is now and has been for over 30 years a federal crime to sell a handgun to anyone under the age of 21 or to bring a firearm of any description on any school grounds.

We attempt to blame an inanimate object as "bad." We tried and failed miserably for 15 years during Prohibition. We need to enforce the current laws we have instead of adding more. The tragedies of Columbine and other places are terrible. However, we must stop pointing the finger of blame at the tool used but rather at the individual wielding that tool.

You mention how George Bush signed legislation allowing concealed weapons to be carried yet, prior to this, people were walking around with the firearms strapped to their waists. I personally feel more intimidated with people who I do not know having firearms exposed.

To answer the question you put forth that "Texas is one of the few states with no minimum age for handgun possession. Are these sensible gun laws?"if they are the will of the people of Texas then yes, they most assuredly are sensible. Also let me point out a few statistics you forgot to mention: during the time Governor Bush has been in office, "juvenile violent crime" is down 44 percent, "overall crime" is down 14 percent and "violent crime" by 20 percent in Texas.

Let's make people who commit crime accountable and vigorously prosecute them and stop attempting to take away the freedom of law abiding citizens. The power to legislate should never be confused with the power to rule. One is the consensus of the many, the latter is the consensus of the few.

Fred Rubenstein
Ember Lane


2000 The Carlisle Mosquito