The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, October 9, 2009

Stevensons say thanks

To the Editor:

A great big thank you to all our friends in Carlisle who stopped in at Douglas and Mary Beth’s house on Saturday, October 3, to offer their congratulations and best wishes on our 50th Wedding Anniversary. Thank you also to those who couldn’t make it that day but sent cards or stopped us on our walks to say congratulations. It was a truly memorable day in spite of the weather – although as several of us remarked if it had to rain, better this year than 50 years ago. That day was a beautiful New England fall day. We also thank our children and grandchildren for everything they all did to make the day so special. It was a wonderful celebration.

Sonia and Bruce Stevenson

Heald Road

Selectmen should reject costly regulations

To the Editor:

Carlisle is not an inexpensive place to live. The recent town survey found that 65% of town residents view the cost of living as a “negative” or “very negative” attribute of life in Carlisle.

Taxes are one component of the cost of living. But another major driver is the cost of compliance with town regulations.

The Board of Selectmen is currently considering the adoption of more stringent building regulations – the so-called “stretch” code. This code has nothing to do with safety or health. Rather, it has to do with energy use.

The Mosquito reports that the stretch code will add $8,000 to $9,000 to the cost of a new home. That’s probably an understatement. When was the last time you had a home construction project that came in under $10K?

If applied to existing structures, the code would greatly increase the cost to homeowners that put properties up for sale. Do we really want to place an exit tax on those who are downsizing or can no longer afford to live in their home?

The stretch code will also increase the costs of public construction. This would be disruptive to the Benfield process. Much of the Benfield design work has already been done. It would be very costly and time consuming for the town to demand redesign work on the Benfield development at this time.

The new regulations could also add unnecessary costs to the Carlisle School building project. That will be reflected in your taxes.

We read in the Mosquito of the budget problems facing the town. Our taxes will be going up. Adding costly regulations will just compound financial pressures on town residents.

The stretch code is unnecessary. If the code did produce the energy and cost savings that some claim then residents and builders would voluntarily take these measures.

But if not, the stretch code will add to the cost of living in Carlisle at a time when property taxes are also rising dramatically. That’s not a recipe for a happy community.

James Bohn

Concord Street

Thanks for informative health talk

To the Editor:

Karen and I want to thank the Friends of the Council on Aging, the Friends of the Gleason Library and the Congregational Church for making it possible to have a great dermatology lecture by Dr. Christy M. Williams. Dr. Williams graciously answered many questions by the attendees regarding their specific skin problems. They included questions regarding the signs of skin cancer, the protection of the skin from the sun, and the year-round care of the skin. Karen, a registered nurse, and I both found the lecture to be very informative. Given the quality of this first lecture, we are looking forward to attending the three remaining health-related lectures (Pharmacology on October 14, Mind Body on October 21 and Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine on October 28). We highly recommend them to others. Please note that all are unbelievably free.

Karen and Tom Dunkers

East Street

Grateful for the free child care

To the Editor:

We just wanted to publicly thank the Carlisle Kids’ House for continuing to offer their services to support our town. Most recently, they have been gracious enough to offer free child care during School Parents’ Night and Town Meeting to allow parents the flexibility to attend these important events.

We appreciate CKH’s continued effort to support Carlisle families by offering a convenient, safe place for our children to enjoy themselves.

Lee and Mary Storrs

Brook Street

Only in Carlisle

To the Editor:

Last month, coming back from Acton, I turned left on Pope Road and headed home. As I reached a heavily wooded spot, I found a young man on his bike in the middle of the road. He was riding slowly without hands on the handlebars. His head was down and his elbows were flapping oddly in the wind. At first I thought he was not feeling well. As he sensed my car, he pulled over to the right to let me go by him. As I passed by, I looked over and saw him looking down. He held something in his hands. He was texting.

Last night, coming back from Acton again, on the exact same stretch of road I saw a big limb of a tree down blocking the whole road. I flicked my lights at the cars coming at me and stopped my car. Putting on my flasher, I got out and so did a woman on the other side of the tree. Four other cars stopped behind mine, and three other cars lined up behind hers. Everyone knew what to do. For several minutes, we picked up big hunks of the tree and dragged branches off to the side of the road. I turned to a woman on my right as we were taking the last bits to the edge and said, “Just a bunch of Yankees working together.” She smiled and said, “Right Baby, I was just thinking the same thing myself.”

Jill Henderson

Sunset Road

Let’s Talk Trash

To the Editor:

Wednesday night, October 14, 7 p.m., at the Concord Academy Chapel, the League of Women Voters, Carlisle Climate Action, Concord Climate Action Network and the Concord-Carlisle Adult and Community Ed will be coming together for a public event that will present a fresh updated look at reduce, reuse and recycle. Let’s Talk Trash will get into and beyond what we already know about dealing with waste and its impact on our environment. Keynote speaker Lynne Pledger of Sierra Club Zero Waste Committee for Massachusetts and co-founder of an alliance of over 30 public interest organizations supporting effective waste reduction, will lead off the evening, followed by a panel of experts in the field, to discuss solutions for Massachusetts and our world. This is the first event in our public forum series entitled Life in the Balance that will continue to explore the issue of sustainability, focusing on food in November and power in January.

Barbara Lewis, LWVCC

East Riding Drive

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