The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, September 19, 2003

Andreassen family thanks the town

To the Editor:

We would like to publicly thank everyone who offered so much help and comfort in our time of grief. We were astonished at the amazing outpouring of support from those who not only attended Sarah's funeral and reception, but helped with all the details and offered their time to console us.

Special thanks to Doug and Mary Beth Stevenson, Judy Larson, David and Deb Toher, Bob and Mary Lou Koning, Police Chief David Galvin, Cynthia MacLeod, Ann Wright, Rob Dennison, Gary Davis, Fire Chief David Flannery, Jackie Hamilton, Peter Duffy, Sue Wolfe, Irene Blake, Liz Jewell, Susan Evans, Linda Boucher, Mary Daigle, Priscilla Dumka and the countless others who have been so wonderful.

Sarah loved the town and would have been so touched by the inspirational tribute.

Carl, Alice and Aaron Andreassen
Cross Street

Hanscom article was biased

To the Editor:

I am responding to last week's Hanscom article by Seba Gaines. I have never read a more one-sided and biased news article in my life. The entire premise of the article was based upon the assumption by the reporter that all citizens hate the airport and that it is an evil place that is run and regulated by an evil empire. Nowhere did she cite the huge economic benefits ($110 million), both direct and indirect, that the airport contributes to the local region, nor did she mention the several hundred people who are employed at the airport, some of whom live in Carlisle, including myself. Despite what the reporter thinks, some families in Carlisle owe their livelihoods to the airport.

She also did not mention the important role Hanscom serves in our regional transportation infrastructure She downplays the importance of small general aviation aircraft. Little does she know that those small little aircraft transported more people last year (145 million) than the largest U.S. airline. Nor did she mention that Hanscom is part of the general aviation industry that contributed $102 billion dollars last year to the U.S. economy which is 1% of the GDP.

I am shocked that she never interviewed an actual user of the airport, including both pilots and passengers to understand the complicated issues from the perspectives of the people whose daily lives depend on the airport. She also did not mention its importance as a training location for future airline pilots and its role in supporting the U.S. Air Force base. During the proposed base closure proceedings, these biased articles spewing forth activist rhetoric only play into the hands of Washington budget cutters who do not have the Commonwealth's interests in mind.

As a community newspaper, the Mosquito should do a better job of researching articles that involve a community resource.

Bradford L. von Weise
Bedford Road
Ed note: Bradford von Weise is Vice President of GMAC Commercial Finance, LLC, in the field of business aviation finance.

Lack of meeting space is an issue for non-profit groups

To the Editor:

Please print a copy of my letter to the Carlisle Board of Selectmen regarding meeting space for a Troop of Second Grade Brownie Girl Scouts. I was surprised to learn that Town Hall's conference rooms are not available for meetings by Scouting or school groups. This letter has been abbreviated to meet your editorial guidelines. Thank you.

To the Carlisle Selectmen:

I greatly appreciate the willingness of the Selectmen to entertain my pleas for meeting space for my Troop at your upcoming Board of Selectmen's meeting. Because I was able to secure regular meeting space for my Brownie Troop in Union Hall, I will decline the invitation to appear before you.

The lack of meeting space in Carlisle continues to be a significant issue. Town Hall is a public building that has been paid for by public funds. I still urge you to develop some kind of a test program to see if it is feasible for Town Hall conference room space to be utilized by town non-profit and/or school groups.

The First Religious Society is exemplary in meeting the need of the Town's non-profit groups for space. The school was extremely helpful in trying to secure space. However, space in the after school hours is extremely tight. The library is another resource, and they were open to considering the idea of holding our meeting. The Congregational Church is closed to outside groups at the moment, although they indicated that they will consider the idea in the future.

Meeting space within walking distance of the school, on a safe walkway, is critical to the decision of where to hold Scouting meetings. The lack of footpaths in town rules out other locations.

A test to use Town Hall for meeting space will demonstrate to the public that the town leaders are at least trying to be open to solving another of this town's problems. It may not be a large problem to you, but to the volunteers that are trying to be good role models for our children, the problem is great.

Carolyn M. Kiely
Hartwell Road

Comcast orphans unite

To the Editor:

On Tuesday, September 23, at 7:30 p.m., Comcast's representatives will appear before the Selectmen to report back on what Comcast means to do about the 200 or so households they passed over when they brought digital cable to town.

If you're one of us, or even if you're not, please join us at Town Hall to keep the pressure on Comcast to do the right thing.

The mumbo jumbo in Comcast's license agreement with the town requiring user density of 30 households per mile contrasts with the glowing picture Comcast presented when it was negotiating. They provided a map showing service being extended to houses previously unserved by any cable company. Now they're not sure they want to live up to this, even though they stand to do quite well in a community of substantial communications users.

This is a basic issue of fairness and of equal access to service from what is essentially a monopoly provider.

Comcast orphans unite!

Christy Barbee
Cranberry Hill Lane

Ed note: Comcast has been removed from the Selectmen's September 23 agenda. See article on page 4. Fox hunting is a danger to pets as well as the fox

To the Editor:

Believe it or not, fox hunting still goes on. Of course, they no longer hunt real foxes. When hounds smell the scented trail though they get riled up and are a danger to any creature in their way! On September 9, my 7-month-old, 20-pound Shetland sheepdog and 4-year-old, 115-pound Leonberger dogs were on a peaceful walk when the Leonberger was brutally attacked by four fox hounds weighing approximately 60-70 pounds. Meanwhile, the Shetland sheepdog ran off into the woods to hide, pursued by 8 dogs. The Leonberger has a very passive gentle temperament and did not fight back as the dogs viciously snapped at his flanks. My mother tried to defend the Leonberger but still the dogs kept up the attack. While this was happening the Shetland sheepdog was attacked so badly that he needed surgery and stitches. Imagine my horror when my Mother picked me up from school and told me that my puppy and dog were both in the hospital. The Leonberger was scraped up and had several bruises and abrasions. The Shetland sheepdog is now shaved in several places with tubes in his flank and bloody wounds and stitches across his side, belly and flank. This all happened in Great Brook Farm State Park.

Cristianna Marks, age 11
Cutters Ridge Road

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