Friday, January 29, 2010
Budget cuts may lead to decertification for the Gleason Library
To the Editor:
The Finance Committee has requested the Gleason Public Library to cut its budget by 4%. The consequences of this cut are dire and would imperil the operation of our well used and vital community resource. GPL is also a gathering place and our main artery to electronic superhighways.
The 4% general cut will have the following ramifications:
In addition, the proposed budget cuts would substantially reduce collections and materials, reduce personnel hours and consequently cut services, curtail the work of volunteers who need training, slowing or eliminating the flow of services and materials, and substantially reduce the number of hours the library is open to the public.
In the face of state requirements and increased demand for materials, services and qualified personnel, this cut represents not just a budget squeeze and temporary reduction, but swift, catastrophic and irrecoverable backward momentum for the institution that is this community’s information and communication center.
We recognize the difficult financial situation the town, and we all, face today but ask everyone to consider how valuable indeed the Library is to all of us in Carlisle. As Trustees and library users, we want to see the library receive the funding it needs to continue to be thevital resource it is to the town.
The Library needs a budget of at least $502,705 to not fall below the requirements of the state and its citizens. On Monday night, February 1, at 8:15 p.m., the GPL Trustees will request the FinCom to reconsider its cuts for the Library. If you have questions, please contact one of the Trustees below or Library Director Angela Mollet. Please support the library and ask that the Finance Committee reconsider its 4% reduction.
Ann Rosas, Westford Street
When statistics hit home
To the Editor:
We would like to provide the following additional information in the aftermath of the death of our daughter Amy.
The Boston Globe reported on November 6 that between 2002 and 2007, 72 service men and women from Massachusetts were killed in Iraq or Afghanistan, and according to the Massachusetts OxyContin and Heroin Commission, 42 times as many – 3,265 – died from drug-related causes during that same period. In 2007, there were 105,552 admissions to Department of Public Health funded substance abuse programs in Massachusetts, and the total spent during fiscal 2005 on substance abuse and addiction in the justice system was $1.084 billion, equal to 5.3% of the state budget.
According to the Globe on December 13, British researchers compared the harmfulness of 20 substances, rating physical harm, risk of dependency and social costs on a scale of 0 to 3, for a maximum score of 9. Heroin came in worst – at 8.32, followed by cocaine at 6.89, alcohol at 5.54 and tobacco at 4.72.
Never in our lives as Carlisle residents did we imagine that our daughter would fall victim to these statistics.
Naming that decade
To the Editor:
I am happy to announce that David Freedman is the grand prize winner of the Name That Decade contest. Henceforth, the first ten years of the 21st century will be known as the “Uh-Ohs.” In the spirit of the age, David has elected to receive his $10 prize in the form of lottery tickets. Let’s all wish him good luck.
Judy Farm Road
To the Editor:
Thank you to all who ensured that the January COA lunch and bingo was a success. The lunch hosted by Verna Gilbert and crew was delicious and the Bingo game called and coordinated by Liz Bishop was lots of fun. Thanks to all who contributed the lovely prizes and to Liz for putting them all together into such great “baskets.” Thank you to Tim Goddard, our Town Manager, and Debi Siriani, our new COA Director, for helping to serve! A good time was had by all.
Carlisle Council on Aging Outreach Coordinator
Cows need us to speak up for them
To the Editor:
It is evident from the responses to my December 18, 2009, letter that I wasn’t being clear. Simply, it is that we have become disconnected from our food supply – not linking the convenient, plastic-wrapped packages of meat at the grocer to how they got there. Maybe we don’t care; maybe we prefer not to think about it; or as I believe, maybe we don’t really know.
I thank Tricia Smith for writing that although there are standards of treatment in organics, there is no guarantee of humane treatment for any farmed animal. That is why they need us to speak up for them. Nearly all farmed animals will suffer inhumane conditions while alive. All will suffer a violent death.
I echo Tricia’s statement that she would like the cows at Great Brook to be grass-fed, but the farm states they no longer pasture their animals. Great Brook is indeed not a large agribusiness, but is an inhumane practice any less inhumane when performed locally on a smaller scale? I concur that it is “lunacy to put cows out on ice,” but I submit that it is an equal absurdity to keep lactating 1,400 pound ruminants confined 24/7 to a small slab.
Cows need to graze during grazing season. True year-round access to the outdoors as weather permits is the good care the Great Brook cows require to be physically and emotionally healthy.
Let’s move Massachusetts forward
To the Editor:
Last year I announced that I would be a candidate for State Senate in the district that includes the town of Carlisle. In the months since, I’ve become more convinced than ever that I made the right decision. I’ve had the pleasure to get to know many Carlisleans and listen to your concerns. I believe that it is time to chart a new course for Massachusetts. In the coming months I’ll be sharing with you some of my proposals.
For many of us, our top concern is the state of the economy. The recession has not spared our communities. Data from the state indicates that there is someone out of work in one in ten Carlisle households. These statistics don’t include those who are working part time, have dropped out of the workforce or simply are too proud to admit that they are having trouble finding work. I’ve been in that position and I know what it is like.
I believe that the best way to revitalize our economy is to make Massachusetts a more friendly place for business investment by reducing regulation, lowering taxes and streamlining government. There need to be changes locally as well. The state can be more helpful to communities that are working to reduce costs through regionalization of the provision of town services. The Carlisle Structural Financial Planning Committee is exploring possibilities for regionalization. I applaud your efforts in this regard. I believe that the state should be more supportive of these efforts allowing communities greater flexibility and providing better coordination and guidance.
In the coming weeks, I will be introducing my plan to revitalize our economy. An announcement will appear in an upcoming issue of the Mosquito and the plan will be posted on my website www.SandiForStateSenate.com. I’d like to hear from you.
If there are concerns or issues you’d like me to address, please contact me at 1-978-256-5513 or email me at Sandi@SandiForStateSenate.com.
Carter Drive, Chelmsford
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