The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, October 8, 2010

Garden project ready to start

To the Editor:

The Carlisle School Organic Garden and Composting Project is now shovel ready.

Join the School Garden Project Team and other members of the Carlisle School and Carlisle community on Sunday, October 10, from 1 to 4 p.m. to help us build and install the raised garden beds and compost bin. No need to RSVP – just bring a shovel and your enthusiasm and dig into this community work project to help build the beds and compost bin. While preparing the garden beds will be part of the day, there will also be a variety of jobs for a variety of ages and skill levels. Expert help from the experienced hands who have organized the project will also be available.

For information about the garden project, email: For additional work party details, contact: The rain date is Saturday, October 16, from 1 to 4 p.m.

Launa Zimmaro

Carlisle School Garden and Composting Project Team Facilitator

Why Columbus Day?

To the Editor:

Admittedly, every nation needs its heroes, but what is it with Cristoforo Colombo (a.k.a., Christopher Columbus), the Italian navigator? He was sent out by Spanish royalty to explore the ocean to the west of Europe. He never set foot on North America but landed on islands in the Caribbean. He never did locate “spices” (the rationale for his voyages as presented in U.S. history textbooks) but his “discoveries” eventually resulted in mountains of gold and thousands of Caribbean native slaves being delivered from the Western Hemisphere to Spain. Not very heroic.

Also, there is mounting evidence that Chinese fleets explored and landed on the Eastern coast of what is now the United States some 70 years before the first voyage of Columbus (see G. Menzies; “1421;” Harper). In fact, Leif Eriksson might have landed on New England even a few decades earlier.

Should we in the United States honor Cristoforo Colombo in any manner or form with the celebration of a “Columbus Day”? I think not!

H.G. Knuttgen

Stearns Street

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