Friday, December 5, 2008
Why the rush?
To the Editor:
Why the rush to Special Town Meeting in January? We have two very important items to consider at our Special Town Meeting – mosquito control and the school building project – however, many of us have been preoccupied with the election, the economy and managing our way through the holidays. I believe that we should postpone our Town Meeting until the spring when we have time to consider the facts and see if the economy is recovering.
The economy matters and we are clearly in the depths of the recession. Bad news – layoffs, poor retail sales and foreclosures – will hit the news cycle in January. This winter does not appear to be the best time to consider spending money.
We also need time to make the case about the new school building. Over the past five years many have worked hard on assessing the needs of the Carlisle Public School, the condition of the buildings and the projected school enrollment. The voting public needs to understand the facts and learn about the options. And it would be good to know the details of state support for the school.
Timing does make a difference. Hopefully by the spring, the economy will show signs of recovery and the stock market will reflect a confidence in the new administration. At that time, we will understand the facts and we may be ready to look to the future.
As an economist, I have been pre-occupied with the financial crises and recession. It has been a great teaching moment. However, it is hard not to notice that we are in extremely challenging times. In the best of cases, I believe that we will see the recovery by May and that Town Meeting will be ready to vote on school building projects, mosquito control, town budgets and taxes.
We are fortunate to live in such a town, many are in much more challenging circumstances. As we enter the holiday season, remember to ask your neighbors, relatives and friends how they are doing.
Look closely at Global Warming Solutions Act
To the Editor;
I’d recommend that everyone read all 23 sections of the Global Warming Solutions Act instead of just the press release or blindly believing what the Beacon Hill crowd says. You can find it here http://www.mass.gov/legis/bills/senate/185/st02/st02540.htm.
You will discover that this Act does a lot of different expensive things, but looking just at one area, it calls on the Electric Power industry to produce 20% less C02 by 2020 than it did in 1990. Why 1990? A little research at the Dept of Energy web site will uncover that the average amount of C02 produced by electrical generation in Mass. for the five years ending in 2005 is already 6% less than what was produced in 1990 (only 1991 recorded more C02) and in 2006 (the last year of data available) it was 13% less than 1990 as the industry has been moving away from using oil to natural gas to generate electricity. It’s still another 12 years (and a new Governor) before any possible penalties might be imposed. In the mean time, substantial amount of time will be expended by the state and power companies to track all sorts of data, and hold endless hearings and meetings.
One thing this legislation does do effectively is stop any new thermal generating plants from being built, which makes me wonder just where and how the electricity to charge the batteries in all those proposed new pure electric cars will be generated.
All of this is also still based on the far from proven theories that C02 is actually a leading indicator of Global Warming, that mankind can actually influence the global climate one way or the other, that whatever efforts we make here won’t just be counteracted by all the other people on the planet, that all of this effort won’t dramatically increase the cost of everything else unnecessarily, and even that a little global warming, should it come to pass, is actually a bad thing.
Science is not up for a vote or founded on a consensus. Theories and models about what might happen in the future are little more than fancy guesses and certainly not a good basis for legislation.
Thanks to CEF
To the Editor:
Approximately two hundred people gathered at the International Golf Club on November 15 to support the Carlisle Education Foundation (CEF). Over $75,000 was raised by this one extraordinary event.
A handful of dedicated parents, under the leadership of Chairperson Peg Gladstone, worked tirelessly to plan the sublime auction. The arrangements, calling for a spectacular eye for detail, included finding the site, creating the advertising template, selecting a band, soliciting donations, arranging auction tables, creating a slideshow, identifying wishing tree items and more. Herculean efforts made by the CEF Board and volunteers resulted in a tremendously successful auction.
Thank you to CEF president Jim Zimmerman and the entire CEF board, to the members who organized this colossal fundraiser, and thank you to the many parents who donated funds to support our school. We are most grateful.
Marie Doyle, Superintendent
COA says thanks
To the Editor:
Early in November, the First Religious Society (FRS) hosted the second of our newest luncheons sponsored by Minuteman Home Care, cooked by The Inn at Robbins Brook and held at the three churches in Carlisle. The Carlisle Council on Aging (COA) would like to thank the FRS and all the volunteers who helped make this another wonderful experience for over 35 seniors. Your welcome and friendly service was greatly appreciated and enjoyed by all who attended! We look forward to returning again to such enthusiastic volunteers and community spirit. Thank you for embracing the newest of COA’s programs to engage seniors in the community.
Opera comes to Carlisle
To the Editor:
Hats off to the Friends of the COA and the Friends of the Gleason Public Library for providing seniors with the opera series.
John Tischio has become a Carlisle favorite. He has lectured these past two years with his knowledge of famous (and not so famous) operas - Madame Butterfly, Don Giovanni, Aida and La Belle Helene, to name a few.
His engaging manner combines facts, humor and enjoyment of the operatic music to the audience.
Three cheers also to COA leaders Kathy Mull, Angela Smith and Joanne Willens for the pleasure seniors are receiving from their hard work. They bring so much enlightenment to the seniors who are involved with events.
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