Friday, April 8, 2005
A candidate for Selectman writes
To the Editor:
I am being considered for the office of Selectman. Following are my fundamental values, some apparent concerns, political context and background:
Values: I have a deep conviction about the moral imperative to care for creation. This imperative means taking action and encouraging policy to conserve nature. Locally this means working diligently in the face of growing development pressure to maintain the character of Carlisle: open space, agriculture and aesthetical values.
We humans reveal creation's spark in the best of our works. So it is also fitting that we preserve those places in our area symbolizing our history and culture.
Concerns: Working with limited resources: balancing between the many needs of our community which include but are not limited to schools, housing and conservation.
Working together to deal with 40B which has ruinous potential. Yet the goal is worthy. The conclusion: we must support efforts to develop a reasonable plan the Commonwealth will accept. We can comply but largely on Carlisle's terms.
Schools: growth due to curriculum in K-8 and building at CCHS.
To encourage better communication between town commissions and committees to maximize the effectiveness of the many hours freely given.
Accessibility is important for all who are physically challenged due to sickness, accident or age. Carlisle wants to be hospitable to all.
Political context: The direct democracy of Town Meeting form of government is precious.
However over the last twenty years from the national level down we have "smoothed" the way for business and lost much of the traditional buffer between business and people (e.g. gutting of MEPA).
This requires diligence at our local level, partnering with neighbors where common values are threatened by projects whose impacts transcend town boundaries and working with our State legislators to strengthen local protection.
Background: Graduate degree in Theology; teacher; cofounder/President/Managing Director financial services business (1980-present); board member/trustee — both non-profit and for-profit; environmental work for over ten years in Lincoln, Mass.; worked with Selectmen to present and pass town articles at town meeting.
Married for 25 years: spouse Mary Ann, children Jonathan and Anna.
Contact me at johnw6str@ comcast.net.
Hart Farm Road
Fire and Police thanked
To the Editor:
We would like to express our appreciation to the members of the Carlisle Fire and Police Departments who responded to our call for help regarding a chimney fire in our kitchen on the morning of March 30. The personnel of both departments responded quickly. All were professional, thorough and friendly in seeing us through this rather dramatic blaze which luckily caused no damage to the house. The town of Carlisle is fortunate to have such caring and competent people in its Police and Fire Departments.
Marge and Ned Berube
Donations sought for Eagle Scout Project
To the Editor:
School on Wheels is a non-profit organization that provides tutors and school supplies to children living in homeless shelters in southeastern Massachusetts. Currently, there are approximately 20,000 homeless children in Massachusetts. I have chosen as my Eagle Scout project to provide new backpacks and office supplies for children in grades kindergarten through the fifth grade. It is my goal to help as many children as possible. If you could donate a new backpack or office supplies, it would be very much appreciated. Please call me at 1-978-369-6304 or e-mail me at J_Drinkwater@comcast.net. Donations can be dropped off at the Carlisle Post Office. Thank you.
The listed supply items are needed: pencils (regular and colored), crayons, glue sticks, rulers, pencil sharpener, zip up pencil pouch, writing tablet with lines, scissors, washable markers, drawing pad of paper, large pink eraser, folders with lined paper, wideruled notebook, report covers, pocket folders, three ring binders, hole puncher, notebooks (one subject, wide-ruled.)
Council on Aging provides valuable safety-net for seniors
To the Editors:
Even after a life of giving to the fabric of society, some people are unprepared to enter their declining years. I've noticed that the Town of Carlisle offers generous services which can substantially buffer these citizens from what might otherwise be an old age painfully impoverished in many areas.
When I visit elderly neighbors, Susan Evans is often on the scene. Joking and chatting, in fact she's very serious about keeping the safety net intact. In her kind and practiced way, she deals with any physical, emotional or social needs which might tear the net.
I find her home phone number everywhere. In one home, I found it taped to the refrigerator. The ink was faded, but clearly the little piece of paper still provided reassurance.
Carlisle is fortunate that the town can provide a wealth of resources to the elderly, and that Susan Evans has dedicated herself to the task.
How bright is too bright?
To the Editor:
Upon reading Ellen Miller's article, "Historical Commission seeks color harmony in ATM sign," I chuckle when I learn that members of the Historical Commission believe that the new Bank of America sign is "too bright" for Carlisle's town center. I also support a harmonious, natural and pristine look to our town center, and I wonder what the Historical Commission said about the colors of recently painted Ferns. Did Ferns have to adhere to the same stringent color test prior to and after their paint job? The bold and beautiful colors of Ferns stand out above and beyond all other signage, landscape foliage and residential/commercial structures in the center of town. I hope that we offer equitable standards to both small and large business "neighbors," and I ask, how bright is too bright?
Thumbs up for the Merrimack Repertory Theatre
To the Editor:
Last night (Sunday) we saw superb theater just twenty minutes away at the Merrimack Repertory Theatre in Lowell. Constant Star by Tazewell Thompson is the story of Ida B. Wells, co-founder of the NAACP, journalist, suffragette, born in 1862, the daughter of slaves. Her story and her life-long fight for justice evoke such sadness, anger, indignation and joy. The five women in this production are awesome.
Playwright and director Thompson writes in the playbill "The Negro Spirituals played a significant role in black history and continue to be a strong force in the black community." This music is used with great effectiveness and skill in his production.
We are lucky to have such a theater so close by. It deserves our attendance and support. And take your teenager with you. Constant Star runs through April 24.
Art and Lee Milliken
Ernie and Ellen Huber
Lois and Gabe d'Annunzio
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