Friday, April 30, 2010
Gleason Library needs to hear from you
To the Editor:
The library needs and wants to hear from you. There is no better time than today to tell us what you need, want, can’t stand and wish from your library by completing this ten-minute survey available at www.gleasonlibrary.org or in print at the library. Want more digital resources? Can’t wait for Sunday hours? Love the art shows? Had enough of VHS? Whether you use the library regularly or not, we need your input. We are developing a new long-range plan and the data from this survey impacts our strategies and our goals, including our budget planning, programs, personnel, hours and collections. Thank you for your time and thank you for using the library.
Gleason Library Director
Old Home Day ...... because
To the Editor:
Finally spring is here and our planning is in full bloom for this year’s Old Home Day to be held June 26 and 27. Those of us who gather to keep this tradition alive and well do so because it is all about our town and it is our way of contributing to Carlisle through volunteering. It takes concentrated effort for a number of days and then there’s the reward of seeing the town luxuriate in the warmth of community.
We thank you for giving us this time to give back.
Your Old Home Day Volunteers
To the Editor;
We are writing in support of candidate John Gorecki for Board of Selectman. We have known the Goreckis for almost two decades and see them regularly both around town and socially. We talked with them and offered our thoughts on the town and the “Carlisle experience” when they considered moving to Carlisle.
John is calm and level-headed and can be a moderating influence when emotional topics are discussed. As a patent lawyer by trade, he can see both the big picture and long-term goals but also pays close attention to detail – traits that would serve him well as a selectman.
As one who works from a home office, he can often be found on the school plaza at pickup allowing him the opportunity to stay abreast of many town issues. We also see him at any town event we attend. As a result, he is well connected to town activities. We hope you will consider supporting John at the upcoming elections on May 18.
Vaughn and Heidi Harring
322 West Street
Come to the Candidates’ Forum
To the Editor:
The League of Women Voters of Concord-Carlisle (LWVCC) will be holding a Forum for Carlisle candidates running for local office on Sunday, May 2, from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Clark Room at the Carlisle Town Hall. This forum is a way for the electorate to meet the candidates and ask questions in order to become a more informed voter.
The League of Women Voters is a non-partisan, issues-oriented grassroots political organization of women and men of all ages and backgrounds. The League encourages the informed and active participation of citizens in government. Formed in 1920 when women first won the right to vote, the LWV is dedicated to the principles of democratic government supported by well informed citizenry. The LWV is committed to voter service/education, study of issues and advocacy of LWV positions. Candidate forums are a part of the LWV Voter Service/Education mission. Although the LWV does not endorse candidates, the league does study and advocate for issues that are directly related to our positions. To find out more about the League of Women Voters and our positions, visit our website at LWVCC.com and consider becoming a member in this 90th anniversary year of the League of Women Voters!
This year there is one contested race for the open position on the Carlisle Board of Selectmen and both candidates will be at the forum. Candidates for other positions will also participate. Please join us at the Candidate Forum on Sunday to meet and learn more about the candidates and the positions they are seeking.
Cindy Nock, Vice-President
Barbara Lewis, Membership Chair
League of Women Voters Concord-Carlisle
Contact your representatives to stop global warming
To the Editor:
We’ve all heard the warnings: global warming is a catastrophic threat to our environment, our health and our economy. But few people want to believe that it will impact their own lives, including our fellow residents of Massachusetts.
The League of Women Voters of Concord-Carlisle encourages residents in our communities to take action. Please ask Senators Scott Brown and John Kerry to support comprehensive climate and clean energy legislation that will reinvigorate our economy, create millions of jobs and reduce climate change-causing pollution. Tell them how important it is to our community, our state and the world.
Please contact Senator Kerry at kerry.senate.gov/contact/email.cfm (webform) or 1-202-224-2742 and Senator Brown at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-202-224-4543. Thank you for speaking out in favor of national climate change legislation.
Paula Vandever, Co-President
Cindy Nock, Vice President
League of Women Voters of Concord-Carlisle
Remember to recycle
To the Editor:
Thank you to the organizers and sponsors of the 2010 Mosquito Trash Party. As a first-year participant, I found it a satisfying and surprising experience.
Having surveyed the litterscape while walking to Trash Party Central, I was confident one bag would be plenty for my trash mile. I was wrong. That lone bag was stuffed to overflowing by the time I finished.
Fifteen minutes along my Trash Party trail, the value of trash as an archeological treasure trove was clear. The haul from this grimy pursuit was type-consistent. Aside from the odd, sodden t-shirt (Men’s, X Large), and a trash lid most likely flipped from its container during its trip to or from the Transfer Station, the bulk of items fell into one category: beverage containers. The containers consisted of a variety of plastic bottles (recyclable, non-redeemable) and aluminum beer cans (redeemable or recyclable). Virtually all of these finds were in the vacant spaces between homes, suggesting the litterers were just passing through and showing their respect by not throwing their trash onto our lawns. The story of this roadside trash is one of abundance and a disposable culture.
It’s ironic that while some are urging legislation to “Drill, baby, drill” for oil, plastic bottles are made of PET which is 99% petroleum. Over 1 billion containers a year are littered or thrown into incinerators or landfills in Massachusetts alone. It’s estimated that the energy used to replace the 134 billion discarded beverage containers in the US in 2005 is equivalent to 50 million barrels of crude oil. While a nickel deposit isn’t worth some peoples’ while even in down times, the aluminum in those beer cans, as well as PET plastic, are two of the more highly valued recyclable stocks.
Passing an update to the 1982 Bottle Bill to include contemporary containers and switching to reusable, non-BPA bottles are steps in the right direction for dealing with this problem. Short of those measures, we need to diligently redeem or recycle what we use. Don’t let valuable, finite resources go up in Wheelabrator smoke. Please.
Carlisle Sierra Club Committee, Chair
Member of Carlisle Household Recycling Committee
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