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Friday, October 29, 2010

Carlisle Comments correction

To the Editors:

Last week the Mosquito neglected to print the opening and closing lines of my Carlisle Comments article which I believe altered the tone of my reflection on our political economy.

My title opened with “A country divided will…” Fall apart, bounce back, stagnate, or… what?” And then, I closed with “The election today is about how we and our leaders take us out of the wasteland. Of course, we have to be ready to leave. ‘The problem is us’ and I fear that we may choose stalemate over action. And the challenges are not waiting, they are here.”

As an economist at Brandeis International Business School, many of us are concerned that we will fall into “the paradox of thrift” as Keynes noted back in the 1930s. The current austerity measures in the UK have many worried about the growth prospects in the European Community. I feel that we must first find a way to encourage investment and create jobs, and then, deal with the longer term expenditure and budget issues in the U.S. and E.U.

On election day, we have the opportunity to tell our representatives where we want our country to go. The choice is clear to me.

John Ballantine

Fiske Street

Come hear about CCHS building plans

To the Editor:

The CCHS Building Committee would like to extend an invitation to all residents of Carlisle to attend a presentation on the building project for the high school. Jeanne Roberts of OMR Architects will provide a summary overview of the master plan that was conducted earlier this year and will answer questions after her presentation. Given that the findings of the master plan will be used as a basis to help the CCHS Building Committee in its design of the facility, residents interested in the high school project will have the opportunity to gain a better understanding of the proposed approach. The presentation will take place on Monday, November 8, at 7 p.m. in the Carlisle Public School cafeteria.

Louis Salemy

Chair, Concord Carlisle Regional School Committee

CCHS Building Committee

Support for Tsongas

To the Editor:

House candidate Jon Golnik told the Mosquito he wanted to reduce “over-regulation.” I’m quite sure that over-regulation is not what has brought us salmonella outbreaks, oil spills, bank failures from excessive risk taking, mine disasters, rocket fuel in mothers’ milk, pre-existing-condition denials of health care, Enron, Bernie Madoff, predatory lending, unlimited anonymous political contributions, and “subprime” credit cards with rates of 79.9%.

His other suggestion was reducing corporate taxes, which is totally ineffective as an economic stimulus. According to the table “Fiscal Stimulus Bang for the Buck,” compiled by Moody’s, for every dollar reduction in the corporate tax rate only 30 cents is gained in GDP. Extending unemployment insurance benefits, which is anathema to Republicans, brings in an estimated $1.64, more than five times as much per dollar spent.

The needs of this country will best be served if we elect candidates whose positions are based on reality, not ideology, and re-elect Niki Tsongas to Congress.

Scott Cole

Sunset Road

It’s better in Massachusetts

To the Editor,

I just finished watching a CBS 60 Minutes segment covering the extended unemployment in the Silicone Valley in California. They interviewed many “99ers,” who have reached and passed their 99 weeks of unemployment insurance and many have lost homes and are now visiting soup kitchens.

This compares with Massachusetts, where we have had eight months of new job growth; we have a “AA” bond rating; we have “1st in the Nation” school test scores; we have the greatest percentage of citizens covered by health insurance; we are leading the Nation in Clean Energy Policy; we have moved from 16th to 5th in the ratings for “Best State for Businesses” in the past two years; we are investing in new public transportation; and we have instituted many government reforms.

We are fortunate that Massachusetts is doing far better than the rest of the country and Carlisle is fairing better than most other areas of the State. We must acknowledge that the economic downturn (almost a depression) has been severe and the current Administration has done a marvelous job at weathering this recession. The administration has made significant budget cuts, but has managed to minimize the impact to cities and towns and to Social Services.

I encourage everyone to vote on Tuesday to keep Massachusetts moving forward. The Patrick/Murray administration has done a fabulous job under severe economic conditions. They are making Massachusetts a true leader in these United States.

Also, please vote for our Representative to Washington, Niki Tsongas, who has been a leader in supporting our Veterans and in trying to end our wasteful wars in the Middle East; vote for our State Senator, Susan Fargo, who has been a leader in thwarting the effort to have casino gambling in our state; and vote for our State Representative, Cory Atkins, who has been a leader in state reforms. Thank you.

Bob Wallhagen

Timothy Lane

Concern about voting record

To the Editor:

We moved to Carlisle nearly 50 years ago and have participated in the elective process since day one.

It is concerning to read in the Boston Sunday Globe (10/24/10 page K8) that candidate for Congress, Mr. Golnik, “has no record of public service and failed to register to vote between 2001 - 2009.” This is not a Carlisle value worthy of our support.

On the other hand, Congresswoman Niki Tsongas has continuously proven her commitment to open and representative government. These are the true Carlisle values which we support.

Geoffrey and Martha Bentley

Autumn Lane Thank you, Rep. Niki Tsongas

Thank you, Rep. Niki Tsongas

To the Editor:

I write this as an independent and solely in my capacity as a small business owner. Here is why:

I run a small financial services business. During the unprecedented financial meltdown of 2008 and 2009 I, like other small business owners, had to take money from savings including IRA and 401k plans to keep our business going. This causes both income taxes and penalty taxes to be owed.

One evening our son suggested I get in touch with our elected officials. My response was less than enthusiastic; I could not be bothered with what I perceived to be time spent with little probability of success. But our son, Jonathan, did have the time (and more optimism!).

I explained the problem and possible solutions and he contacted our Senators and Rep. Tsongas. Niki Tsongas and her most capable (small) staff were the only ones to reach out to help. They worked with us to fully understand the problem, craft legislation and finally introduce HR 5978 (Small Business Tax Relief and Retirement Restoration Act of 2010). All the while they stayed in touch making sure that what they crafted would work and avoid “red tape”.

This bill is simple, straightforward, has bi-partisan support and helps both service and manufacturing small business owners recover taxes and penalties incurred trying to do the right thing. The bill is now before the House Ways and Means Committee and should be passed.

To be honest I was shocked. Over the years I have often listened to politicians of both parties talk about “small business.” Usually after about two sentences it is clear they have no understanding of even the fundamentals: how a small company works, how we are actually taxed, the effects of regulation and what incentives actually matter (as opposed to merely sounding good). But Representative Niki Tsongas makes it her business to understand small companies because she understands that is where jobs are created and maintained.

Being of neither party I, as a small business owner, support and thank Niki Tsongas.

John Williams

Hart Farm Road

Ed. note: Williams is a Carlisle Selectman.

Support for Atkins

To the Editor:

I am writing to encourage Carlisle Mosquito readers to vote to re-elect State Representative Cory Atkins for the Middlesex 14th District.

Representative Atkins is an experienced and independent voice for our district on Beacon Hill, and for honesty and transparency in state government. She is one of only seven lawmakers to courageously break with her party while voting twice against the election of indicted House Speaker Sal DiMasi. Since then she has been appointed vice-chair of the House Rules Committee, and in that capacity has continued to lead efforts against state pension scams; out of control patronage appointments to state jobs; gifts from lobbyists to public officials; and other violations of the state’s anti-corruption laws. In a time of disillusion with government and politicians, we need to reward those ethical public servants such as Cory Atkins by re-electing them to continue their work on our behalf and on behalf of our Commonwealth.

Frank Rigg

South Street

Halloween fun for all – safe for all

To the Editor:

Halloween in the Village Center has become an annual fun family event with nearly 500 Trick-or-Treaters converging on the Center between 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Halloween night. We’d like to remind everyone that your assistance in providing bags of candy is greatly appreciated by the Center households. A drop-off box is located at Ferns and the candy is distributed by Sandy Nash. Please help by dropping off a bag or three before the weekend. We’d also remind everyone that folks in your neighborhoods – especially our town elders – enjoy seeing your kids in their costumes. Stop by and create some warm smiles! And don’t forget to drop off your carved pumpkin at the store by noon on Sunday – we’ll put them out on the rotary!

As usual, our Police, DPW and Fire Departments are providing assistance by ensuring that our Center crosswalks are safe. Parents are urged to have conversations with the little ghosts and goblins about proper crosswalk procedures. Folks without kids at home are invited to dress up, come to the Village Center, grab a cup of coffee, pull up a rocking chair and enjoy the fun. Parking is available in the Center Parking lot, the Library and behind Ferns. Finally, on Halloween, please thank our Center residents for staying at home and passing out candy to the constant stream of kids. Enjoy!

Larry Bearfield

Robin Emerson

Ferns Country Store

Suggestion for an “eyesore”

To the Editor:

I drive through the center of Carlisle at least once a day (sometimes more) on my daily errands, and have become increasingly dismayed over the past several years about the “eyesore” that exists across from the library.

The home has been allowed to “disintegrate” before our eyes, with no obvious attention to maintenance of any kind, and I think it’s time that someone took action. It surprises me that the Historical Commission, that has such specific rules and regulations about Town Center properties, has allowed this to go on as long as it has. We just spent a great deal of money to upgrade the facade of our library; yet this property directly across the street, in contrast, detracts from that costly upgrade. Now that the property has finally gone on the market for sale, my suggestion is that the town look into the possibility of purchasing the property with Community Preservation funds, razing the structure and creating an extension to Carlisle Town Center Park on the other side of Ferns. This would create a lovely open space in our Center – I am envisioning walkways, stone benches, tasteful plantings. What better use of those tax-payer dollars than to invest them in the beautification of our Town Center?

Sheila Luther

Virginia Farme Lane

Support for Martinez

To the Editor:

This is Sandi Martinez: fiscally responsible, savvy about job creation and business needs, and supporting of family values. Indeed as our state Senator, Sandi can be counted on to make the necessary effort to improve the jobs climate, keep and encourage businesses in this state, and be a careful watchdog of legislation aimed at our children.

As a small business owner herself for 13 years, Sandi understands what harm increasing the sales tax to 6.25% can do to business. Unlike her opponent, Sandi has signed a “No New Taxes Pledge,” and she has been endorsed by Citizens for Limited Taxation (CLT).

Until recently Sandi’s opponent, incumbent Susan Fargo, could be counted on to vote for each proposed new tax hike that has come down the pike. Here is a sample. Fargo voted for the sales tax increase to 6.25% (5/19/09), for the increase in our income tax to 5.95% (5/19/09), for an increase in taxes on corporations by nearly $500 million (7/1/08) as well as a second $500 million increase (5/6/08). She voted for a tax on prescription drugs (6/20/03) and a $3,300 per year tax on nursing home residents (5/16/02). Citizens for Limited Taxation gave her an average of 10% for 2001-2009 and ZERO% (worst possible!) for 2003-2004. Do we need all these taxes? Do we need taxes that drive business out of this state? I do not think so!

Consider instead Sandi Martinez, candidate for Massachusetts State Senate, who is responsive to her electorate and the needs of Massachusetts. Sandi cares about us, the people that she will represent. Let’s send Sandi Martinez to the Massachusetts State Senate.

Art Turner

Lowell Street

Union Hall Coffeehouse needs you

To the Editor:

For the past three years, (and yes, it’s been that long) the Union Hall Coffeehouse, which makes its home at The First Religious Society here in town, has been bringing you great music, and a place to hang out on a Saturday night, once a month. Now, you could say that it’s payback time, or pass it forward time; whatever you’re comfortable with. We need all of you out there, on Saturday, November 6, to come to our “Warm Clothes, Warm Hearts” night, and be a positive part of not just another amazing performance by one of our renowned artists, such as the young, southern singer, songwriter and guitar phenom, Damon Fowler Group, who will be entertaining us that night, with his hybrid of roots, folk, blues, R&B, and sacred steel that promises to knock your socks off – but also for a situation which never quite seems to disappear, no matter how much you help, or how many times you turn your head in the other direction, hoping it’ll go away, there it still is... hunger and homelessness. We don’t see or feel much of this here in Carlisle, which only makes understanding the problems others face a little hard to fathom.

I ask you to make your reservations early and to check your pantry or local supermarket for non-perishable foods, and your closets for any gently used jackets, coats, sweaters, gloves, mittens, scarves and hats, for adults and children, and bring them to the show. All will be distributed to those in need at the Open Pantry in Lowell, and area homeless shelters.

You arrive with the warm clothes, and I guarantee you will leave with a warm heart. Thank you from the bottom of mine.

Dian Francesca Cuccinello, Producer

Union Hall World Music & Dance Coffeehouse

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