Friday, November 3, 2000
It's Carlisle, Stupid!
If you're anything like me, deciding which Presidential candidate to vote for based solely on national policy positions is inconceivable. Before I cast my vote, I want to know what the candidates think about issues that directly affect me and my neighbors. Luckily, I was able to contact both candidates this past week to ascertain their views on local issues near and dear to our hearts. Here's what they said.
Q: Carlisle has very few affordable houses. What do you propose to do about this?
GWB: Houses is good places to live. Own a big house. Paid for it myself. My tax cut will give an extra $537.47 a year to the Tiltons of Paducah, Kentucky, so they can buy an affordable house in Carlisle.
AG: The Secretary of Housing and Urban Development and I were discussing this issue in great detail just yesterday. In fact, we visited the Bolton household in Kalamazoo, Michigan, and helped them develop a budget that enables them to buy their first house simply by collecting returnable bottles. Targeted tax cuts for low-income, first-time home-buyers in Carlisle will be the number one priority when I get to the White House.
Q: Carlisle schools are quickly reaching capacity. How will you help us solve this problem?
AG: When I went to Harvard, I had to stand in freshman history class for three semesters. It was then that I developed the idea of distance-learning over the Internet. My administration's first proposal will be to give every Carlisle family free, high-speed, Internet access so their children can attend class without having to leave their bedrooms.
GWB: It's important to test teachers so we know if our children is learning. If MCAS scores doesn't improve next year, I'll give the wealthiest Carlisle parents a big tax cut and school vouchers so they can send their children to private schools that care about spelling and stuff, and leave the public school to those who contribute least to the economy. That's equitable for everyone.
Q: Some people say placing covenants on new housing developments will change the character of Carlisle. Where do you stand on this issue?
GWB: In Texas, covenanting near housing developments, especially gated communities, shows poor charactership. I'm proud to say that every witch that covens in Texas has full access to an incompetent lawyer before we publicly burn them at the stake.
AG: I will stand up to the big developers who are spending more money advertising covenants than using recyclable materials to build energy-efficient houses like the ones my four children have built. Outlawing these reprehensible covenants will be the first bill the Gore-Lieberman administration sends to Congress.
Q: Should Carlisle build footpaths throughout the town center?
AG: Our economic success of the last eight years has depended on good footpaths. In fact, as a boy, I cleared land for the first environmentally-friendly footpath in Tennessee. Fully funding footpaths to enable Carlisle residents to move safely into the 21
GWB: Leaders walk on footpaths. That's what leaders do. But there's too much government in Washington. I will send federal footpath money back to Carlisle so it can provide tax relief to citizens who don't have footpaths and want to build some. That's leading, not dividing.
So there you have it . . . and the choice couldn't be more obvious. Our future will be bright if we simply go vote this Tuesday for the one candidate with the best solutions for Carlisle . . . Ralph Nader.
Before you vote . . .
The Town of Carlisle has over 3,200 voters eligible to vote in Tuesday's Presidential Election. This year the voters in Carlisle will have a choice to make on nine offices, national and state, and on eight ballot questions. Before stepping into the Town Hall on November 7, it is essential that voters have studied the ballot questions, have decided which way to vote, and preferably have filled out a voter checklist to take to the polls as a reminder of how to vote.
If all of the 3,200 eligible voters in Carlisle were to vote over the 13-hour period when the polls are open (7 a.m. until 8 p.m.) and voters could be spread out evenly, that would mean approximately 246 voters would vote each hour. With two dozen voting booths, that means on average each voter can spend about six minutes in the booth. Of course, not every eligible voter will actually vote, but we also know that voters will not be spread out evenly during the day. What election officials hope for is that voters will come prepared, and the time spent filling out the ballot can be kept to a minimum.
If the line of voters waiting to vote moves right along, voters and poll workers will be able to accomplish their election day goals with the least amount of frustration. Also the possibility of traffic jams in the Town Hall parking lot or on Westford Street can be alleviated.
Each Massachusetts residence has received a 2000 Information for Voters booklet, which lists the questions on the ballot, as well as a brief arguments for and against each question. For anyone who can't find their booklet, there are reading copies available at the Town Hall or at the Gleason Public Library. Also, a discussion of the ballot questions appears in this week's Mosquito on pages 18 and 19.
Citizens should study the issues, decide ahead of time, how to vote and above all VOTE, thus playing a role in making election day, November 7, 2000, a success in Carlisle.
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