The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, April 27, 2007

Absentee ballots available

To the Editor:

The absentee ballots for the May 8, 2007 Annual Town Election are now available in the Town Clerk's office. You may request an absentee ballot for yourself or a family member if the voter is going to be out of town on Election Day.

Requests may be made in person during office hours (9 a.m. through 3 p.m., Monday through Friday), by telephone at 1-978-369-6155, or by e-mail at Ballots will be mailed to you once the application has been received. Also, you may vote in the Clerk's office on the same day you make the application for an absentee ballot. State law forbids us from handing the absentee ballots over the counter for you to take home or to deliver to a family member.

The deadline for applying for an absentee ballot is noon on Monday, May 7, 2007. Ballots may be returned in person, by mail or brought in to Town Hall by a family member until the close of polls at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, May 8, 2007, Election Day.

If you have any questions, please contact me using the phone and e-mail information above. Please keep in mind that there are no provisions for absentee votes at Town Meeting. We encourage everyone to attend Town Meeting on Monday, April 30, 2007, and please be aware that there will be seating in the Corey Cafeteria for those residents who need to bring their children with them.

Charlene M. Hinton
Town Clerk

Thanks for RecCom's organic choice

To the Editor:

The Carlisle Pesticide Awareness Group (CPAG) wishes to commend the Recreation Commission for their decision on April 2 to go forward with organic maintenance of the playing fields. This important decision by the RecCom is another major step by Carlisle in its ongoing efforts to provide pesticide- herbicide- and insecticide-chemical-free areas in which our children, adults and pets play and walk.

With superb efforts such as this by the Recreation Commission and other Carlisle Town committees and boards, we shall continue to make great strides in moving Carlisle to a healthier environment in which our citizens may live and enjoy.

Thank you again, Recreation Commission.

Chris Chin
Chair CPAG
Hemlock Hill Road
Delaine Williamson
Co-Chair CPAG
Milne Cove Road

Support for Bedrosian and Risso

To the Editor:

I am writing in support of both Martha Bedrosian and Bill Risso for re-election to the Board of Health. Development pressures in the coming years require a strong, experienced BOH to protect the quality and quantity of our water. Both Martha and Bill have that experience. In addition, they both have represented strong positions of the BOH in support of the health and safety of Carlisle residents at numerous hearings at the Zoning Board of Appeals on the proposed Coventry Woods 40B. Their commitment to the community and their experience on the BOH and with Coventry will be invaluable going forward as Carlisle works to improve its preparedness for the next 40B project. As chair of the Planning Board, I have had many opportunities to work together with Martha, as chair of the BOH, on a variety of issues of great importance to the town. Her dedication and cooperative attitude have fostered a positive working relationship between our boards. I urge you all to support Martha and Bill in the upcoming election.

David Freedman
Chair, Carlisle Planning Board
Hutchins Road

Pass It Forward on June 2

To the Editor:

Carlisle's fifth annual Pass It Forward Day will be Saturday, June 2, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Carlisle Transfer Station. Representatives from local charities will be there to accept donations of new or gently used items that are still usable.

Different items have been requested by different charities, so please separate your items into the following categories: books of or about poetry, children's books about religion, all other books (but no textbooks or encyclopedias), CDs, DVDs, videotapes, bookends, cash boxes, cell phones with chargers, digital cameras, defibrillators, children's clothing, adult clothing, snow shoes, building supplies, tools, flatware, folding chairs, beds and mattresses (not king), bedding, towels, and all other items needed to set up a household. If you can donate sofas, scaffolding, golf carts, handicapped-accessible scooters, snow blowers, small farm tractors, vehicles, or passenger vans, please call Mary Zoll 1-978-369-5236 to arrange delivery.

Participating charities include Big Brother Big Sister, Citizen Action Team (for Hurricane Katrina), Concord Poetry Center, Domestic Violence Victims' Assistance Program, First Religious Society in Carlisle, Friends of the Gleason Public Library, Host to International Students at MIT, Household Goods Recycling Ministry, and Rowe Camp and Conference Center. Some charities may provide tax receipts.

Pass It Forward Day is sponsored by Carlisle's Household Recycling Committee. I thank the good citizens of Carlisle in advance for their generosity.

Mary Zoll
Director, Pass It Forward Day 2007

Can't we try to coexist?

To the Editor:

I was concerned to read the recent articles about the Black Bear in Carlisle and the impending action to have the bear killed. I would hope that unreasonable fears would be quelled and other, well established, nonlethal measures instituted.

People I have spoken to have welcomed the rare opportunity to see a Black Bear in their town. They experience firsthand that bears are wonderful, intelligent animals that do not put them in any personal danger. The bear in Concord and Carlisle is obviously used to people and is not a predatory animal.

This bear is looking for easy food and not to harm anyone. Bears do cause property damage and scare horses and people, but this does not seem a capital offense. Bears are mostly vegetarian and are equipped to escape up trees, not hunt down prey. Bears are timid and easily frightened by many things, like dogs and people, especially groups of aggressively-acting people. Even a cat has been known to chase a bear up a tree!

If people are not reassured, they can use pepper spray, such as mailmen use, to send a defensive bear on its way. To keep a bear out of trouble, there are many nonlethal methods. First, as has been mentioned by Jim Cardoza, all livestock, pet and human foods have to be completely secured. Also, bears can be made to stay out of trouble by aversive conditioning, which has been used successfully elsewhere (see

In Hemlock Farms, Pennsylvania, bears and people coexist at a density of three bears per square mile (see article by Dr. Lynn Rogers on Why can't we enjoy and coexist with our wildlife as well? It is surely worth the effort.

Lydia Rogers
Old Pickard Road

Let the people vote

To the Editor:

On May 9, the Constitutional Convention will reconvene to consider the ballot question on the definition of marriage. In 2005, more than twice the required number of signatures were collected and verified in an exacting process by cities, towns and the Secretary of State. By law, the state legislature is now required to vote on whether to allow this ballot petition to go forward to the citizens of Massachusetts for a vote.

It is Representative Cory Atkins's constitutional duty to vote on this ballot question. Her record last year is very unattractive. Three times last year, Representative Atkins voted to recess without a vote on the amendment.

Finally, as the clock was running out in late December 2006, a case was brought by departing Governor Mitt Romney, together with others who had sponsored the ballot initiative. The state Supreme Judicial Court took the case. It agreed that the legislature's duty to vote on the measure was "unambiguous."

The Legislature's actions were clearly exposed in the ruling by the Supreme Judicial Court. Justice John M. Greaney wrote the opinion for the unanimous court. Proposed amendments must be brought up for a vote, and if they win the support of 25 percent of the legislators, they move to the next stage of the process, and eventually to a spot on the ballot.

Thus, by a ruling from the State Supreme Court, Representative Atkins was forced to uphold her constitutional duty and her sworn oath of office.

Let Representative Atkins know you are following her actions. Urge her to let the people vote: 1-617-722-2013 or Rally at the State House on May 9 for the Constitutional Convention. Let the people vote!

Madeleine Prendergast
Stearns Street

Scouts say thanks

To the Editor:

Thank you for placing the notices for our 2007 fertilizer sale in the Mosquito. The fertilizer sale has been a success and will help provide funding for many of Boy Scout Troop 135's activities, which include camping, hiking and community projects.

Kieran Nunan
Troop 135 Fundraising Committee

Thanks to emergency crew

To the Editor:

Thank you to the wonderful emergency crew of responders for your great care and kindness in our recent call for your assistance. As the emergency room staff expressed "Carlisle has the best, most jolly group of EMTs!" We've known for many years this is so. You're the greatest.

Gerry Cleveland & Holly Gifford
Indian Hill Road

2007 The Carlisle Mosquito