The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, April 10, 2009

It’s not about the money

To the Editor:

I would like the Board of Health to be more concerned about health than “the many overriding economic concerns facing the community.” This was the reason, as reported in the Mosquito, for rejecting mosquito control “after considerable thought.”

The BOH should primarily concern itself with the pros and cons of mosquito control as it relates to real (not “potential”) health risks, not whether or not the community can afford it.

Roger Burgess
Autumn Lane

Why we should save the Highland Building

To the Editor:

Why should we save the Highland?

It is an important part of Carlisle’s heritage and history and has served the town well as a school and as numerous artists’ studios, and it can have more uses for years to come.

The uncluttered classic lines of the building at the top of the hill are pleasing to the eye and are evidence of the thought and meticulous planning and execution of a structure to make the town proud.

All our children attended school in the Highland and I taught various classes there. It was always a joy to be in the spacious rooms with light streaming through the huge windows.

If we demolish this early twentieth century building, future generations may think we were foolish and short-sighted. If, however, we restore the Highland, future citizens may think we were wise and perspicacious.

We have the choice.

Wendy Davis
East Street

You’re Invited to a Tea Party

To the Editor:

In 1773 colonists outraged by the taxation policies of the British government staged what came to be known as the Boston Tea Party.

On Wednesday, April 15, join modern-day patriots in sending the message to Washington politicians that their reckless borrowing and spending policies must end.

The federal budget Congress passed last week will double our national debt in just five years. This year alone the federal government will borrow almost $1.8 trillion dollars more than it takes in. Relative to the size of our economy, this is the largest one-year deficit since World War II.

Most of this new borrowing will be funded by investors from overseas, chiefly from China, Japan and Saudi Arabia.

In fiscal year 2008, the federal government spent over $418 billion on interest payments on the national debt. Interest payments on the debt are already the third largest item in the federal budget.

The burden of this torrent of red ink will fall on future generations. Massive capital outflows to overseas investors in the form of interest payments on federal obligations means that our kids will have a lower standard of living, have less to invest to start businesses and have less to spend on education and health care.

That’s no legacy to leave to our children. You wouldn’t make your kids co-sign a loan that you knew they’d have trouble paying back. Don’t let Washington politicians make your children and grandchildren responsible for the largest loan in history.

Join Americans in over 300 locations nationwide in standing up for fiscal responsibility on Wednesday, April 15. Come to Lowell, from 4 to 8 p.m. at JFK Plaza/Lucy Larcom Park, 50 Arcand Drive, where speakers will include WRKO radio host Todd Feinberg. Or meet in Boston from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Statehouse. Or check for more details.

James Bohn
Concord Street

Don’t rush into superintendency union decision

To the Editor:

We are concerned about the proposed superintendency union of the Carlisle Public Schools with the Concord Public Schools and the resulting loss of our town’s local autonomy. Choosing to consolidate will fundamentally change how we manage and influence the operations of our local school. Whether or not this would be a positive change for our community is not the immediate question in our minds. Rather, we are concerned about the decision-making process as presented by the School Committee.

The School Committee has hired a consultant to present findings on the financial and educational impacts of administrative consolidation this spring, with the School Committee then rendering its final decision by the end of June. As previously reported in The Mosquito, Lincoln and Sudbury are also looking into such a unionization proposal but are taking a more deliberative approach that will include both towns in the decision-making process. We believe that our School Committee should not be able to decide an issue of this import without the advice and consent of Town Meeting.

We advocate for a more comprehensive, inclusive fact-gathering process that would culminate with a vote on the School Committee’s recommendation at next year’s Town Meeting.

Steve and Roberta Spang
Fiske Street

OHD needs your help

To the Editor:

Our revised theme for this year is “Back to Basics,” something that we all can understand in these times and can reflect on in floats, cake designs and art submissions.

Old Home Day is a powerful tradition of ours. Traditions get to be that way because they have staying power. And that’s what OHD has – the power to make you want to stay in Carlisle for this event and celebrate our home. This is a special time for all of us and we recognize that it’s a good time to revisit the basics we’re so used to depending on.

Count on it. June 27 and 28. Yes we will have to be frugal in our plans and we’ll not be able to afford to publish the “OHD Citizen” this year, but we will still make it a day to remember as it has been for the past 97 years.

We will need your help this year as never before. Please support this special day with your donation. Every contribution helps keep us going.

Remember, Carlisle’s is the last Old Home Day in New England to be solely citizen-funded. That’s a “back to basic” tradition at its best.

Dave Reed
Page Brook Road

Ed. note: The OHD Citizen was the OHD committee newsletter sent to all homes last year.

Thanks from the Boy Scouts

To the Editor:

Thank you for placing the notices for our 2009 fertilizer sale in the Mosquito. The fertilizer sale has been a success and will help provide funding for many of Boy Scout Troop 135’s activities, which include camping, hiking and community projects.

Kieran Nunan
Troop 135 Fundraising Committee

Thank you, Carlisle

To the Editor:

Thank you to all who participated in the Mosquito Trash Party this past Saturday. It was a cool, windy day, yet dozens of folks turned out for this annual event that is aesthetically rewarding to the town. Participants included individuals of all ages as well as families, Scouts and students.

Sincere thanks also go to Ferns Country Store for donating the coffee, and to Frank Desimone and Nancy West for providing pickup trucks and help with roadside pick-up, and delivery to the Transfer Station. Thank you, too, to Carlisle Communications, Inc. for hosting the Trash Party and providing the trash bags, and juice and donuts which put smiles on many faces.

Despite very busy, hectic lives, it’s wonderful that people find the time to turn out for this worthwhile event and take a turn at giving back to our town. We are a community that neighbors well.

Nancy West, Bedford Road
Lisa Chaffin, East Street
Mollie McPhee Ho, Concord Street

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