Friday, July 29, 2005
Looking at the environment holistically
To the Editor:
While the Green Corner "Environmental Impact/Self-Assessment Quiz" of July 15 makes a good point about how we can each impact the environment less, I believe it sadly misses the impact of what we each DO contribute (no matter how much we conserve).
It is increasing numbers of people who are driving all those cars, eating all those fish, taxing our schools, using the water, consuming electricity, using all that paper or plastic, and producing those greenhouse gases.
I believe a question on the quiz which gave additional points for fewer children would add a lot of reality. We can't save our environment (or perhaps even our society) without making local and domestic population stabilization a part of the solution.
Long Ridge Road
Lee Milliken memorial service
To the Editor:
I am writing as Chairman of the Carlisle Council On Aging. I know I speak for the entire COA Board when I say that the Memorial Service for Lee on Friday, July 15, at the First Parish in Concord was one of the most moving and stirring experiences I have ever had! A dozen Board members and Carlisle friends had the privilege of arriving at the Church in our COA van in time for the service. Other members of the COA Board arrived in their own cars. Most of us have gotten to know Lee intimately over the past several years through her visits to our monthly COA Board meetings — her role was as Chairman of the Friends of the Carlisle COA. She was always very supportive of our ideas and programs for seniors here in Carlisle. In her calm and soft spoken manner, she sometimes added ideas and encouragement of her own. And always, it was "What can the Friends do to help?"
It was Lee who started the COA many years ago from her home in Carlisle. It was Lee who also recognized our need for a van to transport seniors to doctors' appointments, shopping trips and other COA activities. We are still using the van today, almost 11 years later.
The Memorial Service packed the church; even the balconies were full to overflowing. We listened to powerful words of praise from the Rev. Tim Jensen, Minister, First Religious Society in Carlisle, the church where Lee was an active and dedicated parishioner. We heard words of wisdom from husband Arthur. We shared tributes from the children of Lee and Arthur: Aldy, Peter and Sally. Their words were inspiring. Many others also spoke about their experiences with Lee and her family. We sang hymns together, as well as "Oh, What a Beautiful Morning" from the musical, Oklahoma.
Perhaps the best way to summarize Lee's life is to say: What a wonderful and gracious lady she was! She did so much to enrich the lives of all who came in contact with her. The Carlisle COA is proud to have known her; we are all better people because of her kind and generous presence among us.
Ted Read, Jr. Chairman,
Cell tower concerns
To the Editor:
As a new resident of Carlisle, I was unpleasantly surprised when I read about the possibility of installing cell towers at the Carlisle School.
Just placing a few keywords on Google like "cell tower", "safety", "and school," will show how much this topic is controversial and that parents nationwide are taking it very seriously.
As stated in one of the websites I found, internationally acknowledged experts in the field of RF research have shown that RF of the type used in digital cellular antennas and phones can have critical effects on cell cultures, animals, and people in laboratories and have also found epidemiological evidence (studies of communities, not in the laboratory) of serious health effects at "non-thermal levels," where the intensity of the radiation was too low to cause heating.
They have found, to name the few:
• Increased cell growth of brain cancer cells
• A doubling of the rate of lymphoma in mice.
• An increased number of tumors in rats.
• Increased breaks in double and single stranded DNA, our genetic material.
two to four times as many cancers in Polish soldiers exposed to RF.
• More childhood leukemia in children exposed to RF.
• Changes in sleep patterns and REM type sleep.
• Headaches caused by RF exposure.
• Decreased memory, attention, and slower reaction time in school children.
• Retarded learning in rats indicating a deficit in spatial "working memory."
• Increased blood pressure in healthy men.
Many international health organizations have recognized the need for further research on this topic such as the World Health Organization, The U.S. FDA, The International Agency for Research on Cancer, and many others.
I have two children who are entering Carlisle School in Fall, and if I knew that the school is being considered as a possible site for a cell tower, it would have seriously affected my decision to buy a house here.
I hope that this issue will be given a serious attention by the entire Carlisle community before any decision is made.
Irina Stojanovic and Miloje Makivic
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