The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, October 21, 2005

Michael-Maxim family thanks neighbors

To the Editor:

Lefki Michael-Maxim of Heald Road successfully underwent a kidney transplant at Brigham and Women's Hospital and is recovering at home. She especially wanted to thank the many Carlisle friends and neighbors who have provided tremendous support to her and her family before, during and after the operation.

Merritt Maxim
Heald Road

Thanks to all who helped make the Spaghetti Supper a success

To the Editor:

As co-chairs of this year's Spaghetti Supper, we would like to thank the many people who helped make the evening a great success. Almost as important as the funds raised to support the upcoming class trips, plays and graduation expenses for this year's sixth grade class, is the bringing together of the Carlisle community for this time-honored event. We were delighted to see the familiar faces of parents and children who attend the school but were equally pleased to serve the many folks who do not have children enrolled in the school but came to support the efforts of the class. We thank you all.

We would also like to thank the many class parents who gave of their time, energy, ideas and financial support over the last several months as we planned the supper. During the course of the evening, we served over 1800 dinners — a feat that could not have taken place without the commitment and support of the parents. We also owe a huge debt of gratitude to the school faculty, administration and staff who, in countless ways, encouraged and supported us. Together, we make a great team!

Finally, we would like to thank the sixth grade students. When it was time for them to take on the responsibility of selling tickets and, on Tuesday evening, of serving as wait staff, they did it with enthusiasm, energy and focus. These young people understood the importance of the Spaghetti Supper and directed their energies accordingly. We should all feel very proud of their efforts. Great job, Class of 2008!

We look forward to next year's Spaghetti Supper when we can sit back, relax and enjoy this wonderful Carlisle tradition!

Dale Ryder, Karen Verrill, and Seema Peterson
Spaghetti Supper Co-Chairs

Another view in the same-sex marriage debate

To the Editor:

In the September 30th issue, the Mosquito ran two letters from women who support the petition against same-sex marriage. The October 7th issue contained seven letters from those who oppose. In an attempt at "fair and balanced" I would like to respond.

Brian Shea writes, in effect, that you can only vote against same-sex marriage if you are a hate-filled homophobic. Or maybe you're a very nice person, in which case you have been brain-washed by the Republican Party. In any event, to vote thus, you must be a prejudiced and intolerant human being. This has the effect of slamming the door on any dialogue or debate, and it is meant to do exactly that. You are opposed to what I want, therefore, you are (pick a word) judgemental, hate-perpetrator, intolerant, prejudiced, homophobic, or a religious fanatic. No good person in their right mind could have an opinion that differs from Mr. Shea. (Who is intolerant?) This ends any reasoned dialogue.

The fact that, as Mr. Shea writes, homosexuals are in all walks of life, build homes, run businesses, shop at the mall, exercise at the gym, and in general go about the business of living their lives as they choose, is powerful testimony to the fact that there is no ill will against gays. No one really cares about their sexual preference. Americans are generally kind: their creed; live and let live.

In all the states where gay marriage was on the ballot last year, the voters voted against it. Gays may be "everywhere," however; they are only 2% of the population. The majority of the 98% of heterosexuals who voted against gay marriage had real and valid concerns for voting as they did — hate wasn't one of them.

Lastly, you have the exact same rights as heterosexuals, i.e. you too can marry any other person of the opposite sex. What you want is special rights and official social approval. But this is the antithesis of equal rights. If you have a right to someone else's approval, then they do not have a right to their own opinions and values.

Judy Jones
Lowell Street

[Ed note: This is not the Judy Jones who formerly lived on East Street.]

2005 The Carlisle Mosquito