The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, June 18, 2010

Warm hearts, furry paws and lots of love

To the Editor:

A special thanks to the folks at the Carlisle Post Office for allowing the Lowell Humane Society to collect items for the shelter. A big thanks to Mary Grant and the Webelos Cub Scout pack 135 for their posters and collection boxes at the library and the post office. They did a great job in educating residents about the animals in need. Thank you also to the folks who brought items to Pass It Forward Day.

A van full of bedding, cages, carriers, leashes and food was appreciated by the Humane Society staff – they currently are caring for many spring-time kittens, cats, dogs, bunnies, birds, ferrets and other pets. This week the shelter has a wonderful Great Dane, Weimaraner and a Daschund mix and other dogs.

Items for the Lowell Humane Society can be dropped off at The Carlisle Farmers Market on Saturday or by calling Carol Foster 1-978-369-2276. Better yet, go to the shelter and give a wonderful pet a forever home. To love a pet is a most wonderful thing.

Chris Arnott, Lowell Humane Society

Carol Foster, Nathan Lane

Seeking diversity in college

To the Editor:

  I enjoyed reading about the advice that the panel of CCHS alumni gave to current juniors and seniors. They seemed to have plenty of sound suggestions along with some truly original and clever ones – never before have I heard of anyone discouraging binge drinking by tying it to the dollar cost of an ambulance ride!

  However, given that the first subhead was “Opportunities and diversity abound” and featured descriptions by the alumni of some of the more unusual people they’d met in college, I was a little disappointed by the advice toward the end that included a panelist saying that in selecting a college, she “looked for people that look like me in what they wore and how they interacted.” So much for diversity. Here’s a different perspective: my niece, currently a high school senior in Pennsylvania, was faced last month with a difficult decision between two terrific colleges. She visited both and then said this to her parents upon returning home: “Between the two, the people at College A seemed more like my friends and me and like all the people I go to school with now. So I’ve decided to go to College B.”

  Of course, we don’t know yet how this decision will play out; she’s only graduating from high school this weekend, and time will tell as to the soundness of her college choice. Still, all the adults around her were impressed with the way she actively sought out diversity, recognizing its importance even though she is only 17 years old.

Nancy Shohet West

Bedford Road 

Lessons learned and not learned

To the Editor:

I am sad that I was unable to attend the Memorial Day presentation but would like to take a moment to share my Vietnam-era experience.

Like Mr. Bagnaschi, I went to Southeast Asia in the early ’60s. I, however, was fresh out of high school, had turned down an opportunity to become a commissioned officer and was subsequently sent to Bangkok in 1961 as a linguist responsible for decoding and deciphering communist activity in central Laos. (The only combat I saw was incidental to the areas of Laos and the Mekong River where I was not supposed to be.) I was responsible for a large part of the bombings of the Plaines des Jarres (Plain of Jars) in north central Laos. The Hmong were supposed to have been our allies in that area but were subsequently sorely mistreated.

I spent three years in Thailand, some of which was on the Laotian border as a translator and what I learned there was that we had sadly and seriously not only misunderstood the enemy but also were probably powerless to defeat him. I returned to the U.S. in 1964 severely disillusioned about U.S. foreign policy, the wisdom of our foreign policy advisors and the introverted view of the American world.

It is sad to think that very little has changed and that we continue to send some of the best and the brightest to a war which we cannot win because of the cultural ignorance and xenophobic tendencies of our “leaders” in Washington. Sadly, what we failed to learn from the Vietnam-era experience is that we are not all the same, that we don’t really understand what our/their priorities are (or might ought to be) in various parts of the world and that, despite our gung-ho attitude, money, firepower and hegemonic fantasies, do not necessarily make friends or win wars despite the will of the Pentagon and presidential advisors.

John Lee

Lowell Street

Thanks for CCHS design support

To the Editor:

Thank you Concord and Carlisle for your support of the CCHS design funds. We appreciate the backing of those who went to the polls on June 8 in Concord, and last month in Carlisle, to support this project. The votes in both towns passed by a wide margin, and now we can move forward with the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA). Following the vote in Concord, we contacted the MSBA immediately to plan our next steps. The School Committee is committed to keeping you informed about our progress on the high school project, and we will update the community as we move ahead. Thank you for your support in improving our high school.

Bill Fink, Peter Fischelis, Fabian Fondriest, Pamela Gannon, Louis Salemy, Maureen Spada,

and Jerry Wedge 

The Concord-Carlisle Regional School Committee 

Democrats will picnic tomorrow

To the Editor:

I would like to invite everyone in town to come to the Carlisle Democratic Town Committee’s Annual Picnic tomorrow, Saturday June 19, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the FRS (Unitarian Church) in the center of town. The picnic will be outside in the side yard, (the site of the Strawberry Festival) if weather is favorable, or will be inside in Union Hall if it rains.

Come meet and speak to your State Representative Cory Atkins and to our State Senator Susan Fargo. Also, meet our Congresswoman Niki Tsongas. It is also likely that other candidates will stop by.

Come and enjoy a typical American picnic with hamburgers, hot dogs, assorted salads, and drinks. Meet friends and neighbors and hear brief talks from our elected officials and candidates. There is no charge to join the fun, but donations will be gratefully accepted.

For more information, or to volunteer to help, call our picnic coordinator, Bob Luoma (1-978-369-1240) or email him at or contact me at or 1-978-369-7802.

Bob Wallhagen, chair, Carlisle DTC

Timothy Lane

Allergy-free cakes for OHD Cake Walk

To the Editor:

Today more and more children and adults have food allergies. This year, in fairness to all, we would like to include a few cakes or cupcakes that would meet their needs too. For example: egg free, peanut and tree-nut free, gluten free etc. If you have a recipe for an allergy-free cake, would you be willing to bring it to the cakewalk (clearly labeled) so that a child or adult with allergies, should they get a winning tickets, would be able to bring home a cake that he or she could eat.

Please remember to vote for your favorite cake by noon. Thank you.

Donna Cantrill

Maple Street

Amy Versaggi

Buttrick Lane

What you should expect from the Census Bureau

To the Editor:

The 2010 Census will continue through the summer visiting households across the country to collect their information. However, not everyone knows that Census Bureau representatives visit or call a sample of households to collect information for a variety of important surveys administered throughout the decade. In an effort to avoid confusion, I would like to clarify these operations.

For the 2010 Census, our enumerators are visiting housing units from which we did not receive a form, we did not receive a form in time to update census workers’ assignments or we received a form that requires verification. Enumerators will ask for your information even if you state that you mailed back a form in order to ensure the accuracy of the count.

In addition to the once-a-decade census, Census Bureau field representatives collect data on a monthly basis for a number of other surveys, such as the American Community Survey and the National Health Interview Survey. These surveys provide invaluable data about a variety of topics including health, education, income, employment and disability that guide representatives of your community and organizations to make more informed decisions about vital services for our nation. Please call 1-800-562-5721 to learn if you are in a survey.

It is easy to identify a 2010 Census enumerator or field representative. He or she will have a census ID badge that contains a Department of Commerce seal and will provide supervisor and/or office contact information for verification, if asked. Field representatives have photo IDs and use a computer to facilitate the collection of data. Census workers will not contact individuals by email, but may do so by phone. In addition, they will not ask about immigration status or for bank account or credit card numbers. Remember that your responses to either the 2010 Census or any ongoing survey are protected by federal law and cannot be shared with any agency or person.

Please, step up and be counted now in the 2010 Census. If your household is selected for a survey, please participate to help us collect vital information that will help your community receive its fair share of federal funding, representation, and effective planning. I appreciate your cooperation.

Kathleen Ludgate

Regional Director, U.S. Census Bureau

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