The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, January 18, 2002

No irony, please; we're Carlislians!

To the Editor:

I was shocked and appalled when I read Rick Blum's Forum article ("A Taxing Diet," Jan. 11) Mr. Blum, I'll have you know that Carlisle has been designated an irony-free zone, so take your satirical sensibilities someplace like New York or Los Angeles where they might be appreciated. Did it ever occur to you that "Carlisle" is an anagram of "literal", if you add a "t" and ignore the "c"? I was particularly offended by the reference to "inner-city children." Don't you understand that any mention of poor people makes us uneasy and defensive? We're a bucolic country town where, to paraphrase the Monty Python gang, "Every cow is sacred." Shame on you!

Roger Goulet
Westford Street

Bus #5's Tom remembered

To the Editor:

The morning started with a "good morning" and a smile. He knew every name and every child's face. I can remember my very first day of school. I slowly walked up the three steps and waiting was Tom. He held out his arms and I fell right in. Tom game me a hug and said, "Sweetie, please take a seat."

He would pick up the trash that we dropped and find the small things we lost because he really did care for all of us, every single one. It didn't matter to him boy or girl, smart or dumb, short or tall. Please may I speak for all of us. We all know how much Tom loved us, but I wish that before he passed away, we could tell him how much we truly love him too.

Lauren Ursch
Grade 6

In Memory of "Tom" and Bus #5

To the Editor:

On January 9, our dear friend and bus driver, Tom McMahon, passed on. We will miss him very much. Tom was 77 and had a zest for life that he joyfully shared with our children. Tom shared his love of music as well as his sweet tooth. He was there on the first day of kindergarten to soothe us as we hid those bittersweet tears. He raised our spirits on many mornings as he pulled up in his yellow bus with a gentle smile and kind word. My boys will miss singing the "Turkey Song " and "Jingle Bells' as they cruised the streets of Carlisle, and of course, the free lollipops on Friday afternoons. He was the best,and the streets of Carlisle seem a little empty right now. "May the Road Rise Up to Meet You and the Wind Be At Your Back."

Colleen, Conor and Ryan Walsh
Judy Farm Raod

Eagle Project a success

To the Editor:

On November 24, I completed my Eagle Scout Project which was the construction of four small foot bridges on the Greenough Land at Foss Farm. With the help of many Scouts and adult leaders, the project ran swiftly and safely. These four bridges go over ditches and small streams and will benefit Carlisle walkers, bikers and cross-country skiers. I would like to thank Cambridge Lumber, Moore's Lumber, The Concord Toy Shop, Great Meadows, the Carlisle Trails Committee and the private contributors for their generous donations. I would also like to thank everyone who participated in building the bridges and the people who helped in other ways. Thanks for making my project so successful.

Eric Pedersen
Belknap Street, Concord

Praise for Duffy

To the Editor:

Carlisle is fortunate to have an environmentally-responsible farmer like Mark Duffy managing Great Brook Farm and the Cranberry Bog. His use of organic fertilizers and erosion-reducing plowing methods, while occasionally causing the fields to smell like a working farm, reduces harmful pollution and sets a good example to us all.

Dan Scholten
Patten Lane

Don't ban backpacks

To the Editor:

I am writing on the issue of backpacks in the Carlisle Middle School. As many people know, sixth and seventh graders are not permitted to carry backpacks during the school day. Principal Andre Goyer has two reasons for this: health and safety. Most students backpacks really don't weigh that much if they put what they need in, and on an average day a seventh grader weighed her backpack and it weighed only twelve pounds. Carrying books causes lots of problems as well. Many students drop books in the hallway, things are lost and broken, and people constantly have to go back to their homeroom to retrieve forgotten objects for class. Seventh graders feel that if some rule was put in place allowing students to carry backpacks if they were under a certain weight, everyone would be happy.

Last Wednesday, almost all the seventh graders carried backpacks, despite the "no backpack" rule. This was allowed for one day, and a meeting was set for the following day with the seventh-grade teachers and any students who wanted to join to discuss the backpacks with Mr. Goyer. In a letter written to Mr. Goyer and signed by most seventh graders, they asked for a compromise at the meeting. At the meeting, even though we were allowed to express our feelings freely, they were obviously not taken seriously and no compromise was made. Most seventh graders feel carrying backpacks is essential, and something must be done.

Estelle Faulkner
Carlisle seventh grader

It's Girl Scout Cookie time

To the Editor:

In January, the Girl Scouts conduct our annual cookie sale. It is an American tradition we all look forward to, both for the tasty cookies and for the opportunity to support girls in our communities. The cookie sale provides critical support to fund camps, assure that all girls can participate in a wide range of activities, and support local troop treasuries for Scout-planned community service and enrichment and educational programs.

Volunteers from each local Girl Scout council establish the price of cookies in accordance with their operational funding needs, financial requirements for camps and the types of activities offered in its communities. As a result, even the price of cookies within Massachusetts varies depending on which of the six Girl Scouts councils serves a given area.

Every day Girl Scouting helps girls learn to be prepared, engages girls in community service, celebrates diversity, connects people in communities, grows global citizens and prepares global leaders. We ask that you support Girl Scouting by buying cookies from girls in the community. 75% of your purchase goes diretly to support Girl Scouting. Plus, you get a delicious treat! Thanks for giving generously to Girl Scouting.

Laura Watkins, Executive Director
Patriots' Trail Girl Scout Council, Inc.

2002 The Carlisle Mosquito