The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, March 19, 2010

Gorecki to run for Selectman

To the Editor:

Six years ago I moved to Carlisle with my wife, Catherine, and two young sons. We selected Carlisle because of the fantastic open space, the excellent schools, and the historic character of the town. Over the last six years I have come to understand the intrinsic value of all of these aspects of Carlisle, and to appreciate how special Carlisle is as a community. My children have progressed through the school system, with my older son now about to graduate from 8th grade and my younger son finishing 6th grade. Because of my love for the town and a desire to give back to the town, I have decided to run for Selectman.

When I was collecting signatures for my petition, people immediately started raising issues that concerned them about the town. Of the issues people mentioned, the most prevalent concern was the school building project. Although the election for Selectman is after the community votes on whether to appropriate funds for the Carlisle Elementary School project, a similar project is in the works for Concord-Carlisle High School. Thus, this election is important for Carlisle as the members of the Board of Selectmen are likely to play an important part in shaping the educational system for Carlisle students for many years.

I am not running for Selectman because I believe that I have all the answers. Rather, as an elected representative I will listen carefully to everyone’s point of view, listen to suggestions, and work with my fellow Selectmen to find collaborative and creative answers to issues that arise within our community. The last several years have been fiscally challenging, both to individuals and to the town. It is important, in such times, that the Board of Selectmen respect these financial constraints while still working to preserve the aspects which make this town great. With your support, if I am elected as Selectman, I will work diligently to protect the rural and historic nature of the town, continue to foster the educational system, and to preserve the outdoor recreational spaces that make this town such a wonderful place to live.

John Gorecki
Hemlock Hill Road

Praise for Fire Department

To the Editor:

On the Sunday morning of the big rain storm we were warm and dry, enjoying the newspaper and cup of coffee while watching the awesome rainstorm. Our leisurely start to the day ended abruptly when we discovered that we had several inches of water in our cellar. Anything that could float was bobbing around and anything that couldn’t was just sitting there soaking up the water. We called the Fire Department for help. Within an hour they arrived – Doug Stevenson, Dave Newman, Rob Koning, and Bill Ho. Calmly and capably they set up their pump and hose and began to remove the water. No warm seat on the couch with a cup of coffee for them that morning. They were there for over an hour in the torrential rain doing all they could to help us. Finally the water was gone. After that they still had four more cellars that still needed to be pumped. We were left with quite a mess to clean up but most importantly with the knowledge that we are very fortunate to have such fine people to help us in times of need.

Ralph and Jane Anderson
Baldwin Road

Cows need fresh air

To the Editor:

When I first moved to Carlisle a few years ago I was delighted to discover Great Brook Farm State Park. I have enjoyed its trails and the tranquility it provides a great deal. After a hike one day I visited the barn with a friend to have an ice cream there for the first time. It was a perfect ending to a perfect day. While there I asked the attendant behind the counter how much time the cows I could see in the background spent outside in the pastures. She told me they were always kept inside. I found it hard to believe that these benign animals who provide an income for the owners of this concession are denied the humane opportunity to experience fresh air, sunshine and a pasture and are made to stand inside for their entire lives. Since that time I have never failed to be saddened when I pass through Great Brook and I have never gone to that concession again.

I am well aware of the heartlessness and cruelty with which animals are treated in the meat and dairy industry in this country but somehow I expected to find more enlightenment and compassion here in Carlisle. I appeal to the owners of this business to reconsider the way they are treating their animals.

A.B. Carter
School Street

Grateful for Forum view

To the Editor:

Thanks to the Mosquito for allowing a little conservative dissent in the Forum. During the first six months of 2009, Business and Media Institute calculated that 70% of main stream media sound bites supported Obama’s liberal health care ideas, and gave short shrift to complaints about the hefty price tag, or any other conservative dissent.

To those who protested “politics” in the Forum:

Last fall there was an article in the Forum by a Democrat (I’m guessing) who praised Obama’s healthcare bill. (By the way that’s why it’s called ObamaCare; it totally belongs to him and the Democrats.) There were no protests about that Forum article being “political,” thus I have to conclude that it is not political views per se that bothers these folks, but rather the specific type of political views.

Perhaps they are like Obama, who doesn’t care that 69% of Americans do not want this partisan bill passed; who will not listen to any criticism or alternatives to the massive healthcare plan that will radically change America. The fact that Americans do not want this partisan bill passed leaves him unfazed. Obama apparently doesn’t understand he is an elected official, not a king. Those in Carlisle who voted for him (the majority) may believe that what he is doing is right; however, there are 300 million people in this country and still a two-party system, (if in name only).

If the Senate succeeds in pushing through a drastic, nation-altering bill that most of the country is alarmed by and strongly opposes, it will be tantamount to saying to the country, “We don’t care what you want. We want nationalized medicine, no matter what, it’s what we’ve always wanted, and that’s what we’re going to have.” It would be of the nature of a coup. Pelosi has said that lawmakers were “on the verge of making history.” However, when the Bolsheviks stormed the Winter Palace and took control of the Russian government, they made history. When Hitler became Chancellor of Germany, he made history. Making history is not always a good thing.

Judy Jones, Esq.
Lowell Street

Return your Town Census; license your dog

To the Editor:

We are rapidly approaching the end of March and the deadline for registering dogs and returning your Town Census forms.

If you have misplaced your census form, please contact the Town Clerk’s office to receive a replacement form. It is vital that the town census be as complete and accurate as possible and returning your census form will ensure that you remain an active voter and are able to participate in the upcoming elections and Town Meetings. Please keep in mind that you must register to vote on a different form, you cannot simply write in your voter registration preference on the census form. If you wish to confirm or change your registration or request a new voter registration form, please contact the Town Clerk. Also, if you remove dependents who are away at college, you will remove them from the voting list as well and if they wish to vote by absentee ballot, they will lose that ability once you remove them from the household.

Dogs must be licensed by the Town of Carlisle each year. After the March 31 deadline, late fees and fines will be charged. The initial late fee is $20 per dog and if the Dog Officer issues a citation, the fines will increase if not paid timely. If you are not sure, please contact the Town Clerk to determine if your dog has been registered this year. If not registered, you may submit the dog’s information, including current rabies vaccination expiration date along with payment and a self-addressed envelope so we may return your tags. Ten dollars ($10.00) is the fee for spayed or neutered dogs and fifteen dollars ($15.00) is the fee for unaltered dogs. Please keep in mind that vets are required to notify town clerks when they give rabies vaccinations, so we have a running list of recently vaccinated, but unregistered dogs. This will allow us to provide the date for your dog’s vaccination and hence make the registration process easier for you.

The Town Clerk’s office is open 9 a.m. until 3 p.m., Monday through Friday, and by appointment. We may be reached at 1-978-369-6155 or by email at We encourage you to follow up on these important action items and welcome calls and emails from anyone who is unsure of their current status. Feel free to call with any questions or concerns.

Charlene M. Hinton
Town Clerk

ConsCom thanks Bob Dennison

To the Editor,

On behalf of the Carlisle Conservation Commission and the very many gardeners who have used the community gardens on the Foss Farm Conservation Land over the past twenty years, I extend sincere gratitude and thanks to Bob Dennison for all his years of work managing the gardens. The list of all Bob needed to do to get the gardens ready in the spring is very long and he did it with great efficiency and understandable pride. A testament to his efforts is that the new manager, Jack O’Connor, will have help from two assistants. This is a big job.

This year is a time of transition for the gardens and fortunately Jack and Bob are in good communication as the many little details of all that Bob did get addressed. I know that Bob agonized over the plot assignments in order to be fair and considerate and he kept good records of plot assignments and a listing of all those who just couldn’t be fit in any particular season. For years he coaxed the aging hand pumps through yet another growing season, cut, painted and numbered new stakes when old ones became too rotted to use over again, and rounded up volunteers to help stake out the plots after farmer Mark Duffy turned them over.

I have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know Bob over the past few years and I hope he continues to be a valuable resource for the community gardens for years to come.

Sylvia Willard
Carlisle Conservation Commission

LWV promotes Sunshine Week

To the Editor,

Almost 200 years ago, James Madison wrote, “A popular government, without popular information, or the means of acquiring it, is but a prologue to a farce or a tragedy; or, perhaps, both.” His words remain a call to action today.

Given the gravity of the issues facing our nation, the need for public access to governmental decisions and policies that affect all Americans is greater than ever. Access to this information allows citizens to hold their government accountable at the local, state and national level. Whether it is to track how federal stimulus dollars are being spent (see ) or to attend a local government meeting where land use or school funding decisions are being made, “sunshine laws” afford us access and create government transparency.

However, these laws are only as good as we, the people, demand that they be. During his first year in office, President Obama has made a commitment to creating a more transparent, participatory and collaborative federal government. Now, it is our responsibility as residents of Carlisle to ensure that this same commitment is made and fulfilled at the local level.

March 14 - 20 is Sunshine Week (held around Madison’s birthday), a national initiative to promote the importance of open government and freedom of information. I encourage everyone to attend a local government meeting or visit our town’s website ( ) to read about what our government is doing. In particular, I urge everyone to learn about the Town Warrant articles and participate in Carlisle’s Special Town Meeting on April 5 and Annual Town Meeting on May 10.

As members of the League of Women Voters, we are continuously answering Madison’s call to action: we are working to keep our community fair, vibrant and strong – starting with having an open and transparent government.

Cindy Nock
Vice President, League of Women Voters of Concord-Carlisle
Canterbury Court

Producers thank play supporters

To the Editor:

We would like to thank all the wonderful people who helped to make our seventh-grade performance of The Wizard of Oz such a success. As most of you know, the seventh grade play is a long-standing tradition in Carlisle and for the past ten weeks, the parents and students have been working very hard to prepare for the show.

We would like to thank our two directors, Annemarie LaTulip and Lisa Lofdahl, whose vision and enthusiasm contributed so much to the quality and professionalism of the show. Our musicians, including two high schools students, added a richness to the music. We thank them so much for their commitment and willingness to sit in the pit buried deep beneath the Yellow Brick Road! We would like to thank Principal Joyce Mehaffey, David Flannery, Megan Harlow, Kevin Maier and our wonderful seventh-grade teacher team for their cooperation, flexibility and willingness to help us as needed. We know the children very much appreciated the lighter homework load the week of the show! We also would like to thank Larry Bearfield and Robin Emerson for selling tickets at Ferns.

We would especially like to thank the many, many parents who contributed in so many ways over the course of the last two and half months. The costumes, sets, props, makeup, backstage, tickets, program, lighting, sound, flowers, T-shirts, video, photography and the cast party would not have been possible without the hundreds of hours of work done by parent volunteers. Thank you everyone – each of you contributed in ways, large and small, to the success of the play.

And lastly, we would like to thank our 7th graders for their humor, their creativity and for their staying committed through the long hours of practice. More than anything, we hope they had fun and will take away from this experience life long, happy memories of The Wizard of Oz.

Kelly Driscoll, Lisa Harris, Dale Ryder

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