Friday, September 29, 2006
RecCom plan debated
To the Editor:
As a father of two young children who would mightily benefit from additional RecCom facilities, I find significant fault with the current RecCom options for new fields, courts, paths, etc., set forth. Recreation Commission Chair Allen Deary states that Carlisle is "in desperate need of additional playing fields." Selectman Tim Hult states that he "also believes new fields are greatly needed." If this is the case, why then is the RecCom so willing to sacrifice a playing field, basketball courts, and a paved pathway surface (replacing it with a gravel surface) if Option Number 2, installation of an artificial surface on one ball field, comes in over the original budget? As a former architect well-versed in artificial playing surfaces, I would argue that exceeding the original budget on a rebid is a highly likely scenario.
An artificial surface should be considered an "upgrade," not a necessity — something that can be considered at a future date once the scheduling needs of the town are met. Moreover, we have already learned from the current pathway fiasco that weeds quickly overtake gravel surfaces.
As long as the artificial surface is a possible outcome at the probable expense of "necessary" facilities, I'm sorry to say that the RecCom will not get my vote on their most sought-after interest — new fields, a pavilion, paths, tennis and basketball courts.
CCHS needs replacement before new fields built
To the Editor:
Having taught at Concord-Carlisle High School (CCHS) from 1974-2002, I can attest to the fact that the high school physical plant is in dire straits. "Patch it up" and "make-do" were the operative words for every one of those years. It is now 2006. We can no longer put off its replacement (yes... replacement) and this is going to require an enormous, long-term commitment of town resources.
Although the new playing fields and associated facilities proposed by the Recreation Commission (RecCom) would be wonderful to have, we can manage without them. We cannot, however, cope with a deteriorating and unquestionably outdated high school facility any longer.
Regretfully, I cannot support the commitment of town funds currently being proposed by the RecCom. Most of us have to set spending priorities and, for me, this priority is clear.
Come to the library — but quietly, please
To the Editor:
As a newly elected Trustee of the Gleason Library, I have been impressed by the library staff and have observed them to be knowledgeable, accessible and eager to help all patrons. Library Director Angela Mollet has worked hard to create programs which will inspire young readers and, at the same time, provide a friendly, hospitable environment for all library patrons.
Children and young people are encouraged to patronize the library and it has become a custom for many of the Carlisle Public School students to head to the library after school to do homework, meet with friends or to use the computers there. Angela and her staff welcome these young people and try to provide a safe, quiet place for them to do their work.
On Tuesday, September 19, the first Early Release Day at the school this year, there were unusually large numbers of students at the library — both inside and outside. It was impossible to try to manage the many children and to handle the needs of other library patrons. The library staff was concerned about the safety of the children playing in the parking lot and out in the front of the library close to the road. Trash was left on the grounds, although there are several garbage bins located on the premises. Several children inside were disrespectful to the staff and did not listen when asked to stop disruptive behavior. In short, there were simply too many children on site behaving inappropriately and disturbing other patrons and the library employees as they attempted to do their work.
As a parent of school-age children and as a citizen of this wonderful community, I hope that we will all take a few minutes to remind our children of the need for respectful and appropriate behavior at the library so that other patrons can enjoy the library as we do. Our library is a treasured institution, one enjoyed by all Carlisle citizens where civility and concern for other patrons should be of first importance.
Take a deep breath
To the Editor:
Many thanks to the Boston Globe for publishing a balanced well-written article about Carlisle Schools.Investigative journalism is always appreciated.
We all have to agree "change" is hard for people...some more than others.Personally, this little group of people who experience more difficulty with change than most need to relax and take a deep breath.Having lived in town for 20 years it is sad that some can be so nasty — this is no example for Carlisle children.Another reason for parents to think twice about their actions.
Election workers thanked
To the Editor:
Once again I have the privilege of thanking the voters for coming out to vote last week. We had a 30.5% turnout and a very successful Election Day thanks to the hard work of our dedicated group of volunteers. The regular ballot box decided to get a little "cranky" early in the voting day and had to be side-lined and replaced with our alternate ballot box. Despite comments heard on Election Day, the alternate box is also wood (not metal); it just has the misfortune of being painted a rather industrial shade of gray. They will both receive a much needed tune-up before their next scheduled use.
This was the first election run by our new Warden, Eva Herndon, and Assistant Warden, Kerri Piette, and we are all grateful for their excellent leadership and guidance in conducting the election in such a seamless manner. The years of service under our recently retired Warden, Harriet Fortier, have provided a wonderful training ground for all of our election workers. Thank you, Harriet, for giving our workers such a strong and organized foundation. You are an amazing person and we all hope you are enjoying a bit of leisure time. (We did miss your delicious cookies, however!)
My heartfelt thanks go out to all of the poll workers and counters for giving up their free time to help us with this important exercise in democracy. I am quite proud of our sizable contingent of willing and talented volunteers.
If anyone is interested in being an election worker or counter, please contact me at 1-978-369-6155 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will be happy to add your name to the list. You may also contact either Eva Herndon or Kerri Piette. There will be training sessions in the very near future for all workers, so please contact us as soon as possible to join in the fun.
Charlene M. Hinton, Town Clerk
Vote Patrick for governor
To the Editor:
Last Tuesday, 929 Democrats and unenrolled voters in Carlisle cast ballots in the Democratic primary, a 23.2% increase over the 2002 Democratic gubernatorial primary. As the Carlisle coordinator for the Deval Patrick campaign, I thank those voters for their engagement in the civic life of our community and state. At a time when the national polls suggest deepening disenchantment with politicians and disaffection from politics, it is heartening to know that civic responsibility is taken seriously here in Carlisle.
As we move into the general election, I hope that all of the voters who participated in the primary will join together in the final weeks of the gubernatorial campaign. It's time for change — not just in which party occupies the governor's office, but in how we do politics in Massachusetts. Deval Patrick represents that change — honesty, integrity, straight talk that doesn't obscure the issues or pretend that the problems and solutions are easy and short-term, and a return to the best of our ideals — civic responsibility, community, care for our neighbors, and civil discourse.
Remember to be grateful
To the Editor:
As I was driving through Carlisle the other day, I was filled with a sense of gratefulness for what we have in this community; its physical beauty and the overriding peace that so many people in the world don't have the luxury of enjoying. Our children are safe and in a great educational system which sometimes is taken for granted. They are greeted with respect and openness on a daily basis. I find my heart filled with a constant sense of gratefulness and in that space I have no room for petty complaints.
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