Let’s hear political debate, not personal attacks
To the Editor:
It’s not gone unnoticed that several recent letters in the Mosquito exhibit a disturbing trend: a tendency to focus more on personal differences than points of policy. For example, the April 12 edition includes a letter that is critical of a specific Selectman, labeling him “myopic” and suggesting that he operates “in the shadows.” In this case, “myopic” could be reasonably translated as “someone who does not happen to share my viewpoint.” Also, since the letter writer acknowledges that the Selectman in question took the time to explain his vote on the EVC Station in writing to all the members of the Energy Task Force, the charge of operating “in the shadows” would seem to be without merit.
With Town Meeting coming up, it’s important to remind ourselves that differences of opinion can be instructive if offered in a spirit of informed debate, but they tend to become corrosive (and less credible) if they include personal attacks.
Judy Farm Road
Town Meeting 101
To the Editor:
All Carlisle registered voters are invited and encouraged to attend Annual Town Meeting on Monday, April 29, at 7 p.m. in Corey Auditorium, with a second session starting at 7 p.m. Tuesday if needed.
You are all legislators! Town Meeting is the legislative body for the town. Each Spring we gather to adopt and amend the laws that govern the town.
The issues to be debated and voted this year are contained in the Warrant Book that was mailed to every household and posted at the Town Meeting webpage www.carlislema.gov.
To find out more about these issues, check out the coverage in this issue of the Mosquito or search its online archives. You can also contact members of the board, committee or group proposing an Article and ask them questions. You live in a small town; the government IS you and your neighbors. Exercise this privilege.
Never been to a New England Town Meeting before? Not to worry—the basic procedures are simple and common sense. Read the “Quick Start Guide to Town Meeting” published at the back of the Warrant Booklet and posted on the Town Meeting webpage. The webpage also contains a variety of documents with more detailed descriptions of the rules, guidelines for presenters and the like.
Have something to say? The time limit for speakers from the floor is three minutes. That said, my personal advice, if you really want to influence your fellow citizens, is to say what you want to say in under two minutes or less.
If you need to bring your kids, we set up an audio-visual link to the school cafeteria so you can watch them play or supervise their homework while you follow and participate in the proceedings.
More questions? Feel free to contact me via email at Moderator@CarlisleMA.gov.
Come to climate change talk
To the Editor:
Confused or worried about climate change? Stuck between the warnings of respected scientists and the dismissive comments of many politicians? I invite such Mosquito readers to attend a talk on the subject by our fellow Carlisle resident, Naomi Oreskes.
Dr. Oreskes is Professor of the History of Science at Harvard University and Affiliated Professorof Earth and Planetary Sciences. She will address the topic “Climate Change: What Now?” starting at 7 p.m. on May 9 in Corey Auditorium at the Carlisle School. There is no charge for this event.
Dr. Oreskes is a leading voice on climate change and the role of science in society, having authored 200 publications on technology and science, and has written for The New York Times and The Washington Post on the subject. Her essay, “The Scientific Consensus on Climate Change,” her TED Talk, “Why We Should Trust Scientists,” and her 2010 book, Merchants of Doubt, co-authored with Erik Conway, have played seminal roles in shaping opinion on the subject.
Professor Oreskes’ husband, Dr. Kenneth Belitz, is a research hydrologist with the US Geological Survey. He serves on the Carlisle Conservation Commission. They have lived in Carlisle since 2013.
I encourage everybody to attend on May 9, and be part of the discussion of possibly THE defining issue of the lives of our children and grandchildren, and of their peers in every part of the Earth.
Thanks to Carlisle Cultural Council
To the Editor:
The Savoyard Light Opera Company (SLOC) would like to express hearty thanks to the Carlisle Cultural Council for its support of our most recent production, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. The Carlisle Cultural Council is a wonderful partner for organizations encouraging the arts in Carlisle. There are many Carlisle residents who wish to express and share their cultural interests with their community, and still more who enjoy having access to performance, and other arts activities, in their own home town.
The Savoyard Light Opera Company is of kindred spirit; SLOC has performed musicals annually in Carlisle since 1988. These musicals include actors, instrumentalists and production team members who are Carlisle residents, and are performed in the Carlisle School Corey Auditorium. SLOC strives to attain a high production value and, when producing Forum, support from the Carlisle Cultural Council assisted efforts to provide a visually pleasing production with a live orchestra.
Many thanks to the Carlisle residents who give their time to the important work being done by the Carlisle Cultural Council. The Savoyard Light Opera Company is grateful to have been a 2019 grant recipient.
Jennifer Albanese, Clerk
Thanks for successful Rabies Clinic
To the Editor:
Last Saturday the Board of Health sponsored its annual Rabies Clinic at Town Hall where 26 cats and dogs were vaccinated. This clinic would not have been successful had it not been for the veterinary care of and time afforded by Dr. Ashley Miranda, DVM at Countryside Veterinary Hospital, Chelmsford, who administered the shots and Veterinary Technician, Hollie Neild.
Event volunteers included CCHS student Bella Saraceno and BOH member Todd Brady who registered the pets. BOH Assistant Judy Hodges who acted as cashier. The Board wishes to thank these volunteers for their time and work as well as all of the cat and dog owners who take their responsibility seriously to keep their pets’ rabies vaccinations up to date. Also present was Town Clerk Mary de Alderete who took the opportunity to license pets that needed to be registered.
Linda M. Fantasia
Board of Health Agent
An open letter to the Board of Health
To the Editor:
Last night I attended the “Tick Talk.” I was disappointed to learn that the focus of the talk would be on tick-borne diseases in pets and not in people. While the presence of these diseases in pets is important, I would expect the Board of Health to place a much higher priority on the health of the town’s citizens and run its public events accordingly. Carlisle is a “hot spot” for tick-borne diseases, as was clearly established by speaker Matthew Osborn from the Mass Dept. of Health. Based on the conversations before and after the event, there were a number of residents in the audience who wanted and needed better information and help on tick-borne diseases as presented in humans, not animals. Town citizens have and still are dying from the effects of these diseases and yet the medical community seems not to place any urgency or priority on even treating, much less curing these diseases. It was not helpful to be told that our questions “were outside the scope of this meeting” and be summarily dismissed. I expect that kind of answer from one of our State and National “Weasel-ly Politicians,” but we need and expect actual help from the local town Board of Health. The answer should have been, “We will investigate that question and get back to you with an answer or advice shortly,” if they didn’t have an answer at the time.
What should we cut?
To the Editor:
Carlisle is reaching the end of growth.
Sadly, there are very few locations for building new neighborhoods in our town. Tax revenue from new builds is going to decline and the impact on our town budget over the coming decades will be dramatic. One of the big questions of the future is likely to be “What should we cut?”
Those decisions should be made strategically, based on priorities we’ve all agreed as a community are in the best long-term interests of preserving everything we love about Carlisle. To that end, please vote to fund the Carlisle Master Plan at Town Meeting.
Vote “yes” on Article 35
To the Editor:
I urge citizens to vote yes on Article 35 at Town Meeting. A yes vote would stop hunting on town-owned land and reserve future hunting decisions for Town Meeting. Our selectmen were, and still are, within their legal rights to authorize hunting and to expand the hunt without a town-wide vote, due to an exception clause in the public safety bylaws, which is why it takes a bylaw revision to change that.
Much of the data used to justify the 2018 hunt was based on old estimates and extrapolations provided by organizations known to be strongly in favor of hunting. They have a financial need to justify hunting since their budgets are largely funded by hunting. You might as well ask Boeing if it thought the 737 MAX was safe.
The 2018 hunt gave us some unbiased and recent data: 18 hunters killed ten deer over approximately eight weeks. Result: we, the people, assumed a risk and yielded our relaxed enjoyment of the land for the pleasure of 18 hunters. The ten deer they killed (five male, five female) didn’t make an appreciable difference to the total population.
I feel strongly that: 1. A recreation hazardous enough to require public safety regulations should not be given priority on town land over passive recreation; 2. When we prioritize one species over another (e.g. kill these to save those), we always have unexpected outcomes.
We all have a say on whether we want hunting on our individual privately-owned land. That remains. We should also have a say on our collectively-owned land. This is why I encourage YES on Article 35.
Support for Barney Arnold
To the Editor:
In the upcoming town elections you will have the opportunity to choose two Selectpersons. I would encourage you to vote; it is important to the future of the town. In making your decision I would strongly suggest you consider voting for Barney Arnold.
Having until recently lived in Carlisle for 35 years and serving as Carlisle Selectman for 12 years and for six years as a member of the School Committee, I have had the opportunity to observe and work with a good many Carlisle Selectpersons. I have come to believe there are certain attributes that contribute to the success and effectiveness of a Selectperson.
An effective Selectperson is a good listener. As a lifelong professional educator Barney is uniquely skillful in carefully listening to and empathizing with all those with whom she is interacting.
A successful Selectperson should exhibit a strong sense of fairness in respecting the rights of individuals while serving the will of the town’s majority. Those who know Barney are aware of the profound commitment to social justice that permeates all that she does.
Finally, an effective Selectperson must be able to make decisive judgements based on a core sense of values for the town. Barney is a person of action and having lived in Carlisle for many years has a strong and active commitment to the town’s core values of excellent education, respect for the environment and community involvement.
I know all of the indidvuals running for Selectperson well and I respect all of them for their service to the town. It is my opinion that the town would be well served by electing Barney Arnold to the Board. She has the attributes to be an effective and successful leader for Carlisle.
South Meadow Ridge, Concord
More support for Arnold
To the Editor:
Not a day passes when we don’t have the opportunity to appreciate all that living in a small New England town offers to us. Keeping Carlisle as special as it is, while also looking forward to assure that our town will be able to sustain all that it is today, is the job of our elected officials. And so it is important that we vote talented, dedicated and wise people to oversee our beautiful town.
I am writing to encourage you to vote for Barbara “Barney” Arnold for Carlisle Selectman on election day. I have known Barney since our daughter was in her classroom as a kindergartener eight years ago. I appreciate Barney’s calm nature, logical approach to the world and her love for Carlisle.
Having lived in Carlisle long enough to raise her own family here, Barney knows where our town has been and will build on that experience to continue bringing Carlisle into the future. Having taught at our school, she understands the value our community places on education while also appreciating the aspects of Carlisle that keep residents here long after their children graduate from high school.
I find Barney to be a fair-minded, level-headed, caring person who listens well and is most approachable. She seeks to solve issues while being inclusive and understanding of multiple points of view. She has a wonderful sense of humor and is sincere in her diplomatic approach to working with others.
I am excited that Barbara “Barney” Arnold decided to run for Selectman. I am confident that she will bring so much to the job, all the while opening up to conversation with members of the town to engage us in the issues and solutions that lie ahead. I strongly encourage you to cast your vote for Barbara “Barney” Arnold for Carlisle Selectman!
Oak Knoll Road
Carlisle School Committee member
To the Editor:
I first met Barbara “Barney” Arnold in the fall of 2013 when she was our son’s kindergarten teacher. Mrs. Arnold, as we knew her then, was an incredible teacher, seemingly able to reach every child and bring out the best in each of her students. As I was her “room parent” for the year, I worked very closely with her and found her to be not only well organized, but also highly skilled at communications and collaboration, which was critical to the success of the classroom.
It was during this year that I decided to run for a seat on the Board of Selectmen. With a kindergartener and a preschooler in tow, I was skeptical as to how effective I could be in this elected capacity. Barney was one of the first people to support and encourage me in my decision to run for the Board of Selectmen. Now, having served on the Board of Selectmen (BOS) and understanding exactly what it requires of an individual, I can say that I heartily endorse Barney Arnold for Selectwoman.
Serving on the BOS requires a broad set of skills including, but not limited to: an aptitude for collaboration, the willingness to look at everything with an open mind, a sense of humility, the courage to admit to not knowing everything, an eagerness to learn about topics and skills outside of one’s comfort zone, a thick skin, impeccable listening and communication skills and the resolve to think outside the box. It requires all of this, plus a positive outlook. Barney absolutely fits the bill and will prove herself to be a valuable asset to the Carlisle Board of Selectmen. Please give Barney your vote on Tuesday, May 7.
Former member, Carlisle BOS
Barney for Selectwoman
To the Editor:
I’m writing to endorse Barney (Barbara) Arnold in her bid for a position on Carlisle’s Board of Selectmen. I’ve known her for more than 20 years. While we both worked at the Carlisle Schools, I often saw Barney in her role as a kindergarten teacher for ten years. She was excellent with children and enjoyed the respect of their parents, her colleagues and the administration. I also know her as a founding member of the Carlisle Community Chorus, where she’s been singing alto for ten years. In fact, she has served as president of the board for the past six years, during which time she has offered and implemented many creative suggestions, has led us to make good short- and long-term decisions and has continually emphasized the importance of “community” as much as “singing.”
All kindergarten teachers will tell you they have to be both good at listening and clear in giving directions—that’s Barney. She is approachable and articulate. She knows our town well, having seen it from many different angles and experienced it in depth. After considering all points of view, she is not shy about stepping up to the plate and leading. But what I also like is how her personable and straightforward manner inspires people to join her. She is the kind of person who, by her own demeanor and example, demonstrates that you too can become actively engaged in whatever is important to you, whether it’s singing, education, conservation or other town affairs.
I believe Barney will bring new energy and a valuable perspective to the board of selectmen. I strongly encourage you to vote for her.
Thanks to Carlisle volunteers
To the Editor:
In honor of National Volunteer Week, which is celebrated in April, we would like to take this opportunity to publicly thank and celebrate the over 560 volunteers whose steadfast dedication and commitment enable Care Dimensions, the state’s largest provider of hospice services, to fulfill its mission: to enrich the quality of life for terminally ill patients and their families. Our volunteers’ selfless acts of kindness and compassion, both large and small, allow our patients the comfort, companionship and dignity that make all the difference at a critical turning point in their lives.
Our volunteers provided over 45,000 hours of service last year. Whether at the bedside of a patient in a long-term care facility, in a family home, in the Care Dimensions’ offices or in one of our two inpatient hospice facilities (the Care Dimensions Hospice House in Lincoln or the Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers), volunteers are an integral part of our success.
We at Care Dimensions would like to recognize Carolyn Nickerson, Ethel O’Reilly and Janice Romanski of Carlisle for their contributions and dedication to our agency.
For those who are interested in learning more about volunteering with Care Dimensions, please call us at 1-888-283-1722 or visit CareDimensions.org.
On behalf of our staff and Board of Directors, we offer our sincere thanks for all that our volunteers do each and every day for Care Dimensions.
President & CEO, Care Dimensions