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Friday, July 13, 2007


Carlisle Comments: How grateful are we?

I have just returned home from our annual Old Home Day extravaganza right here in downtown Carlisle. Just think about all of the citizen volunteer hours and hours that are required to make this day happen. All I can say is "Wow" and "Thank you!" They say that many hands make small work, but in this case many hands did a lot of work, and it turned out wonderful as usual.

Speaking of saying thank you, I wonder if I have ever said those words to our local elected and appointed officials who do the work of running Carlisle — work that many of us refuse to do. Just think of all the reasons not to help: too much time away from our families; too busy making money so that we can live in this town and prepare our kids for college and for high expectations in the world. Sometimes we really just don't care what happens or how we spend the town's money. I could go on moaning and groaning but let it stop there.

All of the people who either volunteer, run for election, or take appointed jobs, whether paid or not, have these same excuses not to help out, but they do it anyway. Personally, I think that occasionally we should express our thankfulness. I don't mean to have a "Kiss a Selectman Day," or have a "Group Hug" for some committee members.

The people who work so very hard to make Carlisle what it is today, work very hard. Just watch some of the Selectmen's meetings on TV. I am home with my family in my jammies, all curled up on the couch. They are away from home, not seeing their families, spending time and energy working for me and you. When I don't agree with what's happening, I call out to the TV set, "What?" That's about the extent of my participation. What's yours?

Why can't we occasionally say thank you to some of these people? I never have, but I'm going to try to do better. We have lots of talented and generous people here and sometimes they could use a little encouragement.

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