The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, August 13, 2010

Comments were xenophobic

To the Editor:

Kerry Kissinger’s Forum piece on July 30 contained a couple of disparaging remarks about doctors who speak English as a second language. I don’t know if he wants to blame our medical system’s problems on immigrant doctors, or considers them a symptom of those problems, or something else. Whatever his intent was, it was an expression of xenophobia which should be given no voice in the Carlisle Mosquito.

Clyde Kessel

Curve Street

Keeping our children safer

To the Editor:

Kudos to the Mosquito for devoting nearly all of page 9 on 7/30/10 to the Social Host laws. The Q&A submitted by the Carlisle Police, and the article by Kathleen Coyle, provide a clear education on the concerns and consequences.

It’s worth reiterating why we need to be concerned: according to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, about one in five public school students had their first drink of alcohol before the age of 13; 48% of Massachusetts high school students report current alcohol use; and 27% report binge drinking in the past month. Underage drinking costs our Commonwealth $1.4 billion a year – approximately $212 per person. A recent book by Sarah Allen Benton, Understanding the High-Functioning Alcoholic, cites on page 39 that nationally “about 1700 college students between the ages of 18 and 24 die each year from alcohol-related incidents, including drunk driving.” That’s more than 4 per day on average. The Boston Globe on July 19 cited 2001 estimates for college students: 599,000 unintentionally injured when they were under the influence of alcohol, 696,000 assaulted by another student who had been drinking and 97,000 victims of alcohol-related sexual assault or date rape.

Two helpful web sites are and The problem is complex, timeless and even experts disagree on approaches. But anything we can do locally to keep our children safer is making a difference.

Melissa Weiksnar

Robbins Drive

Democratic Town Committee needs you

To the Editor:

  I would like to congratulate the activist Carlisle Democrats who signed up to be organizers for the Patrick/Murray reelection campaign, during the months of June and July. The Third Middlesex Democrats (Senator Susan Fargo’s Senate District) were running a contest during these months and Carlisle won! The town in the district which recruited the most organizers per precinct would win a canopy tent and a banner for their Democratic Town Committee.

  These organizers will be looking for supporters from their friends, families, neighbors and acquaintances. If you are a supporter of the administration and appreciate that Massachusetts is doing better in this bad economy than most other states, respond positively if contacted by an organizer. The Patrick/Murray Campaign promises that they will not call people who are signed up as supporters, and only the local organizer will make contact.

Summer is not a time when most people want to think about politics, but we have a primary election in one month (September 14). There are only two contested races in the Democratic Primary, that for State Treasurer and State Auditor. I am actively involved in following all campaigns would like to ask you to strongly consider Steve Grossman for Treasurer and Mike Lake for Auditor. I think they both would have a very positive impact on the finances of the state.

  The Carlisle Democratic Town Committee will be holding its next meeting on Tuesday, August 17, in the Hollis Room at the Gleason Library. The meeting is open to the public and you don’t need to be a registered Democrat to attend. A  social gathering will start at 6:30 p.m. and the meeting will start at 7 p.m. Come and see what we are trying to do, and volunteer to help if you are able.

  For more information, contact me at href="">, or by phone at 1-978-369-7802.

Bob Wallhagen

Chair - Carlisle DTC

Timothy Lane

What you need to know about the upcoming election

To the Editor:

The State Primary Election will be held on Tuesday, September 14, 2010 in the Clark Room at Town Hall. Absentee ballots are available until noon on Monday, September 13, 2010.

The last day to register or change your party affiliation for this election is Wednesday, August 25, 2010 and the Clerk’s office will be open until 8 p.m. to accommodate this deadline. Please keep in mind that you may register to vote until August 25, 2010 as long as you will be 18 by September 14, 2010.

Anyone who will be out of town or in the hospital on election day may request an absentee ballot. Please keep in mind the rules regarding absentee voting that are set by the State:

Ballots may only be handed over the counter to voters. You may not carry a ballot home for a different voter. Also, you must vote in Town Hall if the ballot is handed to you over the counter. If you are unprepared to vote at the time, we will mail you an absentee ballot. If a voter is unable to come to Town Hall to vote, they should complete an absentee ballot application and the ballot will be mailed to them. Also, a family member may complete a “Request for Absentee Ballot for a Family Member” application (either in person or by mail).

You may request absentee ballots to be sent to you for all elections this year by marking the appropriate box on the form. But keep in mind that you legally may not cast an absentee ballot if you are in town on election day. This option is most useful for students away at school or those travelling for extended periods.

If you have requested and received an absentee ballot yet decide you would like to vote in person, you may do so provided you have not already returned your absentee ballot.

Specimen ballots will be available for viewing in Town Hall, the Post Office and the Gleason Library so if you are not certain what will be on the ballot, you will have the opportunity to view the ballots ahead of time so you can come in prepared to vote.

Candidates running as “Independent” will appear on the November 2, 2010 General Election.

If you have any questions regarding your current registration status, absentee balloting or anything else related to the election, please feel free to call the Clerk’s office at 1-978-369-6155 or email

Charlene M. Hinton

Town Clerk

Go Green at the library a great success

To the Editor:

Many enthusiastic readers could be found at the Gleason Public Library this summer. For six weeks students and adults kept track of the books they read (and listened to) as part of Go Green at the Library. Interestingly enough, while there was a great deal of reading done by the teens and adults, the winners in grades 4, 5 and 6 each read more pages than any adult or teen! We have many people to thank for this exciting event, including our dedicated librarians Milissa Fellers, Cassandra Malik and Martha Patten, and all of our other staff members. We also received the support of the school media specialist, Sandy Kelly, and The Friends of the Gleason Public Library for funding all performers, prizes, crafts supplies and refreshments.

Our thanks to Leafy Dale, our local band and to the Susan Zielinski Natural Science Fund for sponsoring a talk by Dave Twichell of the US Geological Survey.

Parker Webb Ford produced many eye-catching graphics to advertise our events. Many thanks to our volunteers who helped with the craft sessions and parties: Ryan Fellers, Laura Fellers, Sarah Means, Caroline Means, Amelia Cox, Susannah Krapf, Whitney Cook, Katherine Sorrows, Elisabeth Sorrows, Anagha Chandra, Namita Chandra, Rholee Xu, Anna Stringham, Anna Kolstad, Monica Chen, Meg Doucette, Antoine Dumas, Rachel Dumka, Emma Marshall, Alex Knobel and Lauren Tice.

You can still enjoy summer reading by viewing the photo display on line featuring TOBOR, the summer reading Robot and pictures from the summer reading events. Visit the library website at

Thank you for your participation in the library events!

Marty Seneta

Assistant Library Director

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