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Friday, February 6, 2009

We’re all in this together

To the Editor:

I congratulate Philip Drew for his balanced and reasoned take on our economic crisis (Forum, January 30). If only other conservative thinkers (and liberals too - I’m talkin’ to you, Frank Rich and Al Franken) could make their arguments this way. I was leafing through a copy of the National Review the other day, with its trademark snideness in articles attempting to rehabilitate Herbert Hoover and offer up warmed-over malarkey about how tax cuts will cure everything from toxic assets to plantar warts. Then of course there’s Rush and Bill for those who enjoy shouting.

I’d go one step further than Phil here, though; I’m not just “extremely uneasy;’ I’m borderline terrified. We are approaching the edge of a dystopian abyss, and I don’t care if you long ago burned your mortgage and have all your investments in bonds - you’ll go over it the same as the single mother who lost her waitress Job.

And keep in mind that this is one crisis that can’t be blamed on “big government.” It was profit-making institutions that toppled the first dominos, and trying to blame poor people who grasped at the chance to own their own homes is simply shameful. Yes, they took risks in an attempt to better their lives. Isn’t that what people who start small businesses (those darlings of the Right) do, by definition?

This is just too big to give any more credence to shopworn platitudes about small government and self-reliance. Yes, there will be tainted pork and inefficiencies and government bungling. No, we cannot wait for conservative economic policy to rescue us from what conservative economic policy got us into. When the lights go out, they go out for everybody, and they are starting to flicker.

Roger Goulet

Westford Street

Return your survey

To the Editor:

The period for returning your Town Needs Survey ends Thursday, February 12. To those who have already returned their surveys, we say “Thank You!” To those who have not, we encourage you to reconsider and do so. Here’s why:

First, this is NOT a survey for seniors only! The COA is helping with the execution of the survey, but we are seeking results from all residents at least 21 years of age.

Second, the town and the country are both changing and re-examining priorities. A strong response to this survey allows us to get your inputs directly, and thereby help everyone involved in town government set priorities and allocate resources in a way that reflects the real needs of the town.

Third, the results of the survey will be made public in as many ways as possible. We’ll use Mosquito articles, CCTV broadcasts, and public presentation/discussion forums as appropriate. Also, charts and graphs will be used as much as possible to make it easy to understand the results.

Thanks to all for participating.

The Town Needs Survey Team

John Ballantine

Alan Cameron

Jim Elgin

Verna Gilbert

Kathy Mull

Camelia Rosca

COA newsletter correction

To the Editor:

In the February issue of the “Senior Connection” we had an article about cell phone numbers being released to telemarketers. We thought this was from a reliable source but this information turns out to be erroneous. We sincerely regret any concern this has caused anyone. You do not need to call the “Do Not Call” list for cell phones. Thank you to those who emailed us with the correct information. It is appreciated.

COA says thanks and seeks volunteer

To the Editor:

Another very enjoyable afternoon.On January 22, the Carlisle Council on Aging held its January COA lunch. It was a lovely event with lunch coordinated and served by Verna Gilbert and her wonderful team. Bingo was called by Leslie Morgan, one of our COA volunteers. Prizes were donated by many residents and a very special favor of Friendship tea was donated by the Girl Scout Troop 2656. This nice addition was coordinated by Becky Konkle and supported by their troop leaders Dale Ryder and Diana Kolstad. We were also lucky enough to have Angela Mollet, Gleason Library Director, attend the lunch and discuss current and upcoming library programs. A wonderful time was had by all, and we would like to send our sincere thanks to all who donated their time, gifts, and talent to make this a pleasant afternoon.

If you have some time (even an hour a month) and would be willing to volunteer for the Council on Aging, please call us at 1-978-371-2895.

Angela Smith

COA Outreach Coordinator

Democratic town caucus on February 7

To the Editor:

The Democratic Town Committee invites residents to our annual caucus tomorrow, February 7 at 10:30 a.m. After the caucus, we will have our first meeting of 2009, around 11 a.m. The committee invites residents to come and share their campaign and inauguration experiences. We will be joined by our State Representative Cory Atkins, who will also give us an update on what is going on at the state level.

The caucus and meeting will be in the third floor conference room at the First Religious Society (access through side door on Church Street). The caucus will elect four delegates and three alternates to the June 6, 2009 Massachusetts Democratic Convention. Anyone can attend the caucus, but to cast a vote, you must be a registered Democrat in Carlisle by December 31, 2008.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Susan Stamps

Democratic Town Committee Chair
Cover to Cover thanks

To the Editor:

The First Annual Carlisle Community Read has ended and I want to thank the Carlisle community for so enthusiastically embracing it. I also want to thank some special people for their support and hard work in planning and arranging the events: Angela Mollet, Martha Patten, and the rest of the Gleason Library staff, Estelle Keast, and Jen Albanese. Thanks go out to David Freedman for designing the Cover to Cover logo and posters. Also, thank you to all our event presenters and participants; we have amazing talent in Carlisle. Last, but not least, thank you to the Friends of the Gleason Public Library for their financial support of our book purchase and programs.

Ann Rosas

Cover to Cover coordinator

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