The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, June 11, 2004

Thankful for Sen. Fargo's vote

To the Editor:

On Monday, May 17, I felt proud to live in Massachusetts, and happy that gay and lesbian couples were finally afforded the choice my husband and I have always had — the choice to be married or not. Now they can comfort their children with the fact that they are committed as a family forever. Now they can know that their family has the recognition of the state, and not worry that some legal nit would prevent them from caring for their family or property.

Maybe Richard Freedman was right in his May 28 letter. Maybe the 1913 marriage law was not passed in order to ban interracial marriage. To be truthful, I don't care about the history. I only care about the shameful way it is being used today — to prevent people who live out-of-state from enjoying the privileges of Massachusetts' same-sex marriage law, and I am thankful that Senator Fargo and nearly everyone else in the Senate has voted to repeal it.

Jane Mosier
Judy Farm Road

Town Clerk thanks voters for election

To the Editor:

I would like to extend my heartfelt appreciation for all of the support I received during my recent campaign to continue serving as Town Clerk.

Since October 2003 when I was appointed Acting Town Clerk, I have worked diligently to honor and carry on the legacy of our past Town Clerks and to maintain the wonderful character of this very special Town. I am dedicated to serving with the professionalism, integrity and respect for every citizen that is so essential in the performance of this important role.

Many thanks to all of the people who worked so hard on my behalf and to everyone who made the effort to come out and vote on May 25.

Charlene M. Hinton
East Street

Carlisle School Association thanks volunteers

To the Editor:

Thank you to all of the volunteers who helped to make the Spring 2004 CSA Teachers' Luncheon a great success. Over 90 volunteers contributed an astonishing array of excellent dishes, beautiful table decorations and helped with setup, serving and cleaning up. All of your efforts are greatly appreciated! If you haven't yet picked up your serving pieces, please contact Melinda Howe at 1-978-371-1688.

Melinda Howe
CSA Lunch Coordinator
Acton Street

Pesticides and the Carlisle School playing fields

To the Editor:

The Boston Globe article ("Most schools ignore pesticide law", May 25) raised questions from concerned citizens who contacted us about the law and our school's compliance. We would like to inform Carlisleans about the Act Protecting Children and Families from Harmful Pesticides. The law's stated goals are to:

1) prevent unnecessary exposure of children to chemical pesticides

2) promote safer alternatives to pesticides

3) ensure notification concerning pesticide use

This state law seeks to protect school children from all pesticide exposure indoors and outdoors because children are especially vulnerable to the harmful effects of pesticides. The law forbids the use of pesticides (including herbicides, insecticides, etc.) that are "known, suspected, or probable carcinogens". Pesticides cannot be applied for "purely aesthetic" reasons. The law promotes "the use of biologic controls, integrated pest management ... and other alternate pest control methods ... in order to reduce or eliminate, whenever possible, human or environmental exposures to chemical pesticides."

In other words, the least toxic pesticides should be used as a last resort, after all other alternatives have been exhausted.

In case residents are worried, they should know that our school does not use any pesticides on school grounds, indoors or outdoors, according to David Flannery. Both he and Davida Fox-Melanson have stated their strong commitment to the health and safety of our children.

Spalding and Banta-Davis fields are under the separate jurisdiction of the Recreation Commission. An outside contractor maintains the fields, using "low risk" pesticides allowed under the pesticide law.

As a community, let's start a dialogue about the goals of this law and whether we are meeting them, and our priorities for the health of our children and community. We can learn from towns like Acton-Boxborough, Marblehead, and Wellesley that maintain their athletic fields without pesticides. This is a public health issue that deserves our full attention.

For a summary and links about the state law or about pesticides and health issues, visit our updated website

Chris Chin, Hemlock Hill Road
Delaine Williamson,
Milne Cove Road
Carlisle Pesticide Awareness Group

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