The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, May 28, 2004

Ask RSC and teachers to settle contract now

To the Editor:

On June 30th, 2004 the school year comes to an official end. It is imperative that the Regional School Committee (RSC) and the Concord-Carlisle Teachers Association (CCTA) settle on a new contract by this date. Progress has been slow and both sides must now make the compromises necessary for an agreement.

CCHS is a wonderful school. The taxpayers, the community and most importantly the students will pay an enormous price if this goes on any longer. Below you will find contact information for members of the RSC and the CCTA. I urge you to contact both sides and insist that the time for settlement is now.

Paula von Kleydorff
School Street

Contact information CCTA

Andrei Joseph, President: 1-978-318-1417 ext. 342, ajoseph@colonial.net

Harriet Stevens, VP: 1-978-318-1417 ext. 126, hstevens@colonial.net

Eric Pohl, Secretary: 1-978-318-1417 ext. 372, epohl@colonial.net

Victoria Moskowitz, Treasurer: 1-978-318-1417, ext. 359 vmoslowitz@colonial.net

RSC

Michael Fitzgerald: Mfitzgerald@hypnion. com, Betsy Bilodeau: bilodeau2@aol.com,

Nicole Burkel: nicoleburkel@juno.com,

Jan McGinn: mcginnjan@verizon.net,

Becky Shannon: bshan962200@aol.com,

Pat Sinnott: Pat.Sinnott@aei.com,

and Jerry Wedge.

1913 law misrepresented

To the Editor:

Senator Fargo wants you to believe the 1913 law she voted to repeal was passed to ban interracial marriage. The full text of Chapter 207, Section 11, reads, "No marriage shall be contracted in this commonwealth by a party residing and intending to continue to reside in another jurisdiction if such marriage would be void if contracted in such other jurisdiction, and every marriage contracted in this commonwealth in violation hereof shall be null and void."

It makes no mention of interracial marriage or gay marriage, and would not bar it. Repealing this law is of no benefit to her constituents. What the law does is prevent exactly what is being attempted here, the usurpation of marriage laws of other states. People who live in Fargo's district can marry under Massachusetts law. Others are free to move here to enjoy the benefits of that law, but they, and Fargo, do not have the right to impose that law on whatever state they came from.

Richard Freedman
Biagiotti Way, North Billerica

Volunteer gardeners thanked

To the Editor:

On behalf of the Carlisle Elderly Housing Board, I would like to extend thanks to Holly Salemy and the Carlisle Garden Club. The club recently donated some perennials for the annual planting at Carlisle Village Court. Holly also donated her time and gardening expertise. Thanks also go out to Liz Jewel, Ed Lamire and the LaLiberte children. You have all helped make Carlisle Village Court a more beautiful place for its residents.

Jennifer LaLiberte
Carlisle Elderly Housing board member

CCHS student questions boycott of awards ceremony

To the Editor:

Last week, when I pulled the Carlisle Mosquito out of my mailbox, I noticed one of the headlines was about the Concord-Carlisle High School teachers contract. As a student of Concord-Carlisle High School, I would like to voice my opinion that I feel it is unfair that the teachers are taking out their frustrations with the unsettled contract on the students of CCHS. I would also like to express my opinion that the CCHS teachers need a fair contract because they are good people and would like to get this resolved. In addition, I am confused by the means in which the matter is being dealt with, on the side of the teachers. For example, the boycotting of the awards ceremony for students on Monday, May 17 really bothered me. That ceremony was a time to recognize hardworking students and their achievements this past year, and was not supposed to be a chance for the teachers to demonstrate their understandable frustration with the towns of Concord and Carlisle.

Another fact that I was unaware of that bothered me was that some juniors are being denied college recommendations over this issue. This too should not be used as an excuse for pressure to be put on the parents of students to settle a contract. Plus, the burden of getting other recommendations is now being put onto sixteen-and-seventeen-year-old people who cannot vote, and therefore have virtually no control over the situation.

This letter is in no way an attack on the teachers of CCHS who have already taught me much in my short time there, and I hope it will not be perceived as such.

Estelle Faulkner
Concord-Carlisle High School student
Bedford Road


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