The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, January 18, 2008

Another view

To the Editor:

It's sad that Sally J. Naumann ("Personal loss spurs fervor"') in the January 11 Mosquito, knows two gay men who died of AIDS and that she has an unhappy lesbian cousin. But it's equally sad that she has concluded from those three people that "GLBT practices" in general involve "dangerous, life-threatening activities." AIDS is a terrible worldwide scourge that is by no means limited to gay people; its prime cause is unprotected sex, tragically still "practiced" by some, but by no means all, gay men, and by some straight people as well.

The "sadness of life" of GLBT people like Naumann's cousin usually arises because some misguided straight people view them as deficient, unfortunate human beings, perhaps victims of mental illness, perhaps sinners, who are doomed to misery, promiscuity, early death, and other horrors, and who therefore should somehow be made straight or denied the rights and privileges to which all human beings are entitled. Apparently, Naumann chooses not to acknowledge the large body of evidence debunking the anachronistic myths about gay people, or to consider in her conclusions the lives of her own happy, healthy, productive gay and lesbian neighbors in Carlisle and Concord — of whom she knows I am one — as well as in the rest of the country and around the world. And even more sadly, she apparently fails to recognize that views like hers contribute to the misinformation and pain she claims to want to prevent in young people.

Nancy Garden
Ember Lane

Coffeehouse offerings

To the Editor:

Every month, the Union Hall Coffeehouse, (non-profit) which, throughout the year, presents an eclectic calendar of talent, who represent indigenous, traditional folk, world, swing, old time, blues, jazz, singer-songwriters, celtic and world music and dance, at the First Religious Society, which is celebrating its 250th year, features dynamic musical artists that manage to wend their way to us, from one corner of the globe to the other — a Godsend here in our lovely-but-lacking-things-to-do-and-places-to-go town of Carlisle; especially for adults.

At last, there's a place in the center of town, up on the hill, where one can go to enjoy an evening out with a husband or wife, girlfriends, boyfriends, strangers who will soon become friends, and family; A place to share a glass of wine, (b.y.o.b.) eat some divine pastries from the café, while seated at a candle-lit table, in a cabaret-setting, where you can unleash your ears, and experience some of the most extraordinary talent you've neverseen, or heard, this side of the Wang Center, or the Bank America Pavilion, without burning a tank of petrol, or paying an arm and a leg for a ticket.

On February 2, The Squeezebox Stompers, a Cajun Zydeco, Bluegrass band will be here to help send a group of us off, in a hail of harmonicas, guitars and washboards, and various other instruments, in grand party-style, to New Orleans where we'll pitch in with the rebuilding efforts down there. ( As you all know, it's going to take years!) We'll have some Cajun appetizers, you'll be taught the Cajun two-step waltz, or you can just watch and enjoy the music. It'll be a great time for all, and benefit this on-going cause. New Orleans.... It's all about the music, the people, the culture and the food. "The moonlight on the bayou.......a creole tune.... that fills the air...I dream... about magnolias in bloom......and I'm wishin I was there."

Come on in out of the cold. The music will warm your heart, as well as the soles of your feet!

Dian Francesca Cuccinello
Producer, Union Hall Coffeehouse

Tree Pick-up a success

To the Editor:

The members of the Carlisle Police Association would like to thank all those residents who took part in our 14th annual Christmas Tree Pickup, which ran on January 12. The program was once again a huge success. We visited over 145 houses, going door to door removing trees and bringing them to the Department of Public Works to be discarded.

Your generous donations and continuous support truly makes Carlisle a great community to work for.

We wish you all a safe and happy New Year.

Inspector Andy Booth
The Carlisle Police Association

Carlisle School supports COA

To the Editor:

The holidays are a time of giving, and our own Carlisle School teachers and school administrators creatively found a way to help others and bring happiness to their friends. These wonderful people decided to generously donate to the Salvation Army Kettle (located at Ferns) rather than give traditional gifts. Their generosity will allow us to support eligible Carlisle families with fuel and food assistance. Their generosity will make a difference!

If a family or individual of any age needs assistance, please call the Carlisle Council on Aging 1-978-371-2895 to find out if you are eligible for support.

Angela Smith
Carlisle Council on Aging Outreach Coordinator

2008 The Carlisle Mosquito