The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, September 21, 2001

Mosquito Mail

New school plans

To the Editor:

On Monday, September 24, at 7:30 p.m. in the Town Hall, the school building committee and HKT Architects, Inc. will present the results of the feasibility study of the need to expand educational space and the potential for siting a school on the Banta-Davis Land. The school committee hopes that anyone interested in the results of this study and the future development and growth of our schools will attend.

Suzanne Whitney Smith
Carlisle School Committee

Domestic violence evening postponed

To the Editor:

Please share with our neighbors and friends that the Evening of Conversation about Domestic Abuse and Control at the Congregational Church, September 20, was postponed. Since we are immersed in the personal and community process of dealing with the outrageous acts of violence witnessed in New York and Washington, the evening will be rescheduled at a future date.

Ed LeClair
Baldwin Road

Eric Jensen was good for Carlisle

To the Editor:

Eric Jensen will be missed on Carlisle's Conservation Commission. Eric brought to the commission a different way of looking at issues. He brought a diversity of views that ensured spirited debate. It is only through dialogue and debate that town boards will reach compromise and the "right" decision. Eric was not afraid to voice his views, yet he embraced compromise. He was an asset to the commission and the town. Although it will be impossible to find another Eric, I sincerely hope another resident with similar characteristics is appointed to the conservation commission to ensure that all sides to an issue are considered. I know the present conservation commissioners feel likewise.

Last week, JoRita Jordan indicated that she was glad that she told Eric how she felt about him during his life. Unfortunately, in this day of detached e-mail and voice mail, I never made the time for such a conversation with Eric. Last week I learned a hard lesson never let a day go by without letting someone know how you feel.

Carolyn Kiely
former member and chair, Carlisle Conservation Commission

A time to reach out

To the Editor:

We are all under tremendous stress and shock from the horrors beyond any description which were perpetrated last Tuesday. We are also fearful about what the future holds. In addition, some of us have more or less direct connection to some of the people who are lost, missing or injured, and we all would like to reach out and extend our particular condolences to them.

Some people who are part of our communities also have ties to Islam, the Middle East or simply appear Middle Eastern. Those with such ties are living with the pain we all share and also have additional sources of stress including immediate personal safety and/or family and friends overseas. I suggest to anyone who feels inclined that we reach out and extend our expressions of support to them in this particularly difficult time.

Work for peace

To the Editor:

Every time I hear the words "war on terrorism", I am reminded of the misguided, unsuccessful, and ultimately harmful "war on drugs".

Trying to fight a war on terrorism is like sending a child into the backyard to kill all the mosquitoes, or worse, hornets. It is unlikely to work and will only lead to escalation.

We counsel peace in Ireland; we counsel peace in Israel; let us now listen to our own counsel and work for peace. Let us work towards solving the causes of terrorism, not attacking its symptoms.

Clyde Kessel
Curve Street
Gwyn Jones
Estabrook Road

A nation bruised but alive

To the Editor:

I am struck by the simplicity and accuracy of a particular scene from the original movie "How the Grinch Stole Christmas". After the Grinch has stolen what he believes is "Christmas" from the Whos, they wake up amid their "debris", stand in a circle holding hands, and they sing.

After the disaster of September 11, our own version of that scene has played out in not only our country but all around the world. Amid the fallen debris and the catastrophic loss of life we stand together as the soul of humanity and we continue on. In every news account or photograph the continuity of life is painstakingly illustrated.. With each bucket of cowardly destruction passed down the line of helping hands we too, sing. We are bruised but we are alive. And we are not alone. Geographic borders do not match the strength of the collective human heart. I am in awe of the world vigils that are taking place, reaffirming to me that the world has not gone mad, and the majority of people all wear the same cloak of decency, cry the same tears, and have the same blood pumping through their veins.

We are indeed a charmed nation with another scar to bear but with a resolve to "stand" rather than "fall" with the world watching and aiding we will be whole again. Eventually our world pulse will once more beat with the rhythm of peace.

Denise Dray
Hutchins Road

Refunds for Red Cross

To the Editor:

We were wondering what to do with our tax refund. It's now clear what to do with it. We urge everyone to sign over their check to the Red Cross.

David and Jo-Ann Driscoll
Fisk Street

School council election

To the Editor:

There is nothing quite like a well-informed view. The more you know, the more confident you can feel about your opinions, your decisions, and your actions.

Are you as informed as you'd like to be about our schools? We're fortunate in this community to have a newspaper that covers school matters fairly extensively. Nonetheless, much, much more goes on in our schools to shape the education our kids get.

That's why I'm urging parents and community members to submit their names for consideration as council members. Nominations open Friday, September 21, and close Friday, September 28. Ballots will be distributed to school families via The Buzz, to be returned to the school by October 12.

The council is a group of three parents, the school principal and two teachers, and one community member without kids in the schools. School councils were created by state mandate years ago, largely as an answer to complaints by parents in some districts who felt the people running their schools were not open to their views and input.

This isn't the climate in Carlisle. In my experience, administrators and our elected school committee members have been open and eager to hear from parents, so in Carlisle, the mission of the heretofore little-known but very active school council is to look ahead. Every three years, the council produces a School Improvement Plan, which serves as an important planning tool for the school committee and administration.

The council receives regular briefings on the preparation of the school budget. It's an opportunity to learn what the schools' priorities are as they develop, Otherwise, the council sets its own agenda. Most of us have come to the council because we were interested in particular areas or had specific problems or concerns. Membership provides an excellent opportunity to pursue these.

The council meets once a month as a whole, with subcommittee meetings scheduled from time to time to discuss particular interests. To nominate yourself, call CSA President Valerie Traynor at 1-978-369-3440.

Please consider serving, and by all means return your ballots to the school by October 12.

Christy Barbee
Cranberry Hill Lane

Youth commission says thanks

To the Editor:

The Carlisle Youth Commission would like to thank departing CYC member and former chair Terri Chapman for her three years of dedicated service, patience and good humor. As the new member of the CYC, I never had the opportunity to serve with Terri, but from what I've heard, it will be an honor for me to wear her Youth Commission vest at Friday Night Lives this coming year.

We would also like to thank Nancy Orlando for her stewardship as chair this past year. Nancy will continue to serve as a member of the CYC, along with Lynne Carpenito, Kathryn Dennison, myself and our new chair, Kathy Hassey, the ever-cheerful boxtop and CPR lady. Together, we look forward to another great year of the Friday Night Live program, generally held the first Friday of the month, October through June, excluding January. Look for details in future issues of the Mosquito and the Buzz.

David Freedman
for the Carlisle Youth Commission

Travel experiences were very different

To the Editor:

I was away last week so I did not read Mrs. Brako's dismaying article until this week. I am sorry that her expectations, attitude and travel selection made her trip disappointing. My experiences in the Strasbourg area were just the opposite.

Neither my husband nor I speak German or French, but we did not find that a problem when we took the overnight train from Vienna to Strasbourg. We spent a day exploring Strasbourg and had a very delicious lunch at a small but crowded storefront restaurant.

Then, on the advice of the French luggage attendant at the railroad station who said a cab would be too costly, we took a bus to our hotel in Obernai. No one spoke English on the bus or at the hotel, but everyone was extremely friendly, and tried hard to make us understand so they could help us. We managed very nicely and plan to repeat this trip in the future.

The food in Obernai was the best I have eaten anywhere including Paris. I realize that Obernai and Strasburg are both French, although German was the second language of most of the people we met. But my experiences in Germany have been just as good. The people were very friendly, although more spoke English than in Alsace, and the food was very good although not as good as it was in Obernai.

When traveling outside the states, your attitude has a lot to do with your experience. I find the people of Paris among the friendliest, despite stories to the contrary. I have never been anywhere, including Budapest, East Berlin and rural Northern Italy, where the people have not been very patient with my limited language skills and very willing to help me find my way, locate a good restaurant or even order a meal to suit my tastes.

I am sorry Mrs. Brako did not have the opportunity to get to know the people of Germany and Alsace and to wander off the controlled path of her tour. She missed a chance at a wonderful experience.

Susan Goodall
Heald Road

Thanks to Carlisle Police

To the Editor:

I would like the entire town of Carlisle to know that we have the best police force in the state! Last week, I was viciously attacked by a stray cat. I was bitten deeply on the wrist and had to be rushed to Emerson Hospital and given rabies and tetanus shots. My parents (with whom I live) called the police department and within minutes, an officer was at the door, helping my father determine how to best capture the cat. We had to have it tested for rabies, and a cat must be put down before that can be done. My father captured the cat in a humane trap a few hours later and once again police arrived immediately. The cat was carried off in a cruiser to be put down gently so that my father did not have to shoot it. The officers who came to the house were courteous and empathetic. This is not the first time the Carlisle Police Department has come to our aid. They are the best, and I thank them from the bottom of my heart.

Deb Daigle
Westford Street

Making your PC more secure

To the Editor:

As corporations tighten their computer and network security, there are a few simple tests you can take to ensure that your home computer does not participate in an Internet-based attack. All home computers, including those that are only connected to the Internet for brief periods of time through a dial-up service, should be protected by both a firewall and anti-virus software. If you do not have a firewall protecting your computer, there is a very good (free for personal use) firewall at Once you have installed a firewall, you can verify that it is properly configured to protect your computer by using another free Internet security resource at Their "Shields Up" and "Port Probe" are free, Internet-based tests of your home computer's firewall. The test, which will take less than five minutes, consists of grc sending a series of messages to your computer and waiting for a response. If your computer responds, then your firewall software is not properly configured.

In addition to preparing your home computer, there are resources available from the U.S. Department of Education to help you talk to your children about what has happened, and what to do if anything "strange" occurs while they are doing homework on the Internet. The Federal Government resource is at

John Walsh
South Street

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