The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, May 11, 2007

Affordable housing info session

To the Editor:

All are welcome and encouraged to attend the affordable housing meeting May 12, beginning at 9 a.m. in Town Hall. We should conclude well before noon. Joining us are two knowledgeable speakers from Bedford who will share their successes and failures in accomplishing the 10% requirement of 40B. We will also hear current thinking about three affordable housing projects in Carlisle: 1) Benfield, 2) Hanover Hill and 3) Village Court. We will discuss pragmatic options and how best to enable these projects to move forward.

We hope you will be able to attend.

John Williams
for the Carlisle Affordable Housing Trust

Disappointed with town's Honor Roll decision

To the Editor:

We were very disappointed to read the only proposal at Tuesday's Town Meeting that failed to override was Motion 5, restoring the Veterans Honor Roll. This memorial has been in need of upgrading and restoration, but has long been ignored.

The Town Center Committee presented a workable, financially feasible plan and was even willing to make accomodations for the town, so this memorial can be upgraded and restored. The Selectmen would not support the motion, citing preference for a granite monument; thereby the motion failed with no action to be taken.

We were outraged by suggestions that fixing utility poles and upgrading visibility at the Town Common should take precedence over this motion. The suggestions were insulting and showed a lack of sensitivity for all military personnel.

The veterans on the Honor Roll paid the ultimate sacrifice so that the Selectmen and the other participants at the Town Meeting could sit in this comfortable auditorium and exercise their freedom of speech. When the time came to honor and pay tribute to these veterans, the Town of Carlisle tripped and fell flat on its face.

We only hope that the project will not continue to be ignored and the town will find some way to move forward with the restoration.

Jean Morin
Specialist Edward Morin
Maple Street

A special May Day for seniors

To the Editor:

On Tuesday, May 1, the Student Council members of the Carlisle Middle School, along with Tracy Malone, grade seven special educator, and Kim Reid, guidance counselor, hosted a lovely tea for Carlisle seniors. The students decorated the cafeteria, arranged hot and cold drinks, made and purchased delicious desserts and snacks, spent time chatting and playing bingo with the seniors. The students were all very well-spoken and polite, and I was amazed at the number of activities each was involved in, making them wonderfully well-rounded and poised. Some of the students spoke to the seniors in Spanish and some in Chinese. It was a delightful afternoon which ended with the students giving the "ladies" flowers to take home.

Everyone in Carlisle, especially the parents of the Middle School Student Council members and their teachers should be very proud of the talented, capable young men and women who will be graduating from our school.

On behalf of the seniors and the staff of the Council on Aging, I would like to thank each of the students and the teachers who were involved with the hosting of this event. Their efforts provided the seniors' who attended with a very special May Day.

Angela Smith
Carlisle Council on Aging,
Outreach Coordinator

Ryder says thanks

To the Editor:

I would like to express my gratitude to all those who supported my candidacy for School Committee. I would especially like to thank Liz Bishop who organized the placing of signs and the communication about my candidacy. I would also like to thank Annette Lee and Joan Konuk for hosting events where I had the opportunity to meet with townspeople. And finally, I would like to thank the many friends and supporters who agreed to have signs posted on their lawns, stood and held signs and supported in me in so many ways.

I look forward to working to ensure that we continue to provide the best and most cost effective education for our children.

Dale Ryder
Lowell Street

Bears need to follow standards

To the Editor:

The issue of allowing bears to coexist with humans in Carlisle is complex and it can also be highly emotional. Unfortunately, we do not appear to have well-established standards that govern bear behavior much in contrast to the body of law that governs human conduct. I would like to appeal to those in positions of authority and responsibility to establish firm, objective "rules of conduct" that would determine circumstances under which a problem bear would be either relocated or destroyed.

I write as a homeowner who has had two spa covers destroyed by bear damage ( total damage to date $1,000) as well as a basket planter. Something - possibly a bear - also pried part of my chain link pool fence off the cross-members the same evening as the most recent "raid." The first damage occurred last year and caused us to immediately remove our bird feeders. There were signs that the bear had returned in the week after the initial damage. The most recent damage was last week and did appear to be an escalation of the bear's efforts as the damage was more widespread.

I have no particular appetite to destroy a bear as I tend to live by a "live and let live" philosophy. There is some limit to the financial impact of bear damage that we haven't reached, but of far greater concern is the potential for injury to our dog or, God forbid, to our grandchildren who are here often. I also want to avoid a bear breaking through fences or attempting to enter the house. Bears can be very aggressive to the point of, under rare circumstances, threatening humans.

We need well-defined standards that would cause action to be taken before the situation escalates in a dangerous way. Bears should not be exempt from standards of behavior.

James H. Furneaux
Concord Street

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