The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, January 9, 2004

Carlisle's emergency medical personnel thanked

To the Editor:

Our family had a recent medical emergency during which we were assisted by the Carlisle Police Department, EMTs from the Carlisle Fire Department, and paramedics from Emerson Hospital. It was very comforting to witness the competent and professional manner in which they were able to stabilize, monitor, and transport our daughter, Lisa, to the hospital.

We are extremely grateful to this team of professionals, which included Carlisle natives Sarah Hatch (Emerson paramedic) and Tom Bishop (Carlisle Fire Department), for their aid. Their skills, uplifting attitude, calmness, and great team-work made this experience less frightening.

As a community, we should be proud of the men and women who have dedicated so much of their time, especially during the holidays, to serving us. They deserve recognition for their outstanding work. Certainly, we send them our heartfelt thanks.

George and Brigitte Senkler
Curve Street

Is Carlisle a community that tolerates differences?

To the Editor:

The recent discussion about hunting in Carlisle reminds me how the town has changed since we moved here thirty-five years ago. Then you could tell when the duck hunting season opened by the sound of shotguns in the marsh behind Bates farm. Every spring Bill Foss hosted a weekend of bird dog field trials run by the New England Setter Club. Blank cartridges were fired. Neither the duck hunting nor the field trials attracted more than a passing interest. But that was when Carlisle still had a mild hint of country. Now it is truly suburb — getting more crowded each year.

Recent anti-hunting editorials in the Mosquito (hunters are a minority not deserving equal consideration; call your congressman to stop hunting) tell us Carlisle has also changed in another way. We are no longer a live and let live community. We will no longer tolerate differences. And that is a greater loss than a few acres of farm land.

Paul Kress
East Riding Drive

Snowy cars are a hazard

To the Editor:

This letter is directed to all people who own and drive cars.

Please remove the snow and ice from the roof of your car or truck after a storm. I couldn't help but notice how many people do not. We had a horrible experience a few years ago, and if it were not for safety glass windshields, would probably have been killed. So please take the extra few minutes to remove that hazard. At the very least you could save getting a ticket because it is illegal, or at the very best you could save a life.

Mary and Chic (Norman) Daigle
Eagle Spring Farm

Teach the meaning of Christmas

To the Editor:

I enjoyed reading the article "Serenity, simplicity and the longest timeout ever" by Nancy Shohet West recently. Anyone who has brought up children in America can easily relate to her story about dealing with preparing the "perfect" Christmas for our kids.

There is one important subject she left out and I thought it to be the most important. She didn't include teaching her kids about the true meaning of Christmas.

I was brought up Catholic as well and the Christmas story was always the focus point in our house. I distinctly remember my parents telling me and my sisters how Christmas started. They told me that Christmas is about the birth of Jesus. They told me that Jesus was the son of God and He selected Mary to be Jesus' mother and Joseph to be Jesus' earthly father. They said that Jesus was sent by God to be the savior of the world.

I didn't know what that meant as a young boy. As time went on, I learned that Jesus was sent by God to teach us all about how to live a good, caring, loving, giving and holy life. I learned that Jesus was to pay the price for all of our sins. This act would open the gates of heaven so that we could live an eternal life with the Father, God in his kingdom forever and ever after we died.

Maybe this teaching should be included on every young parent's list of things to do to prepare their children for Christmas this year!

Dan Cetrone
South Street

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