A hunter has his say
To the Editor:
I write in reference to Ms. Genezcko’s letters of the danger, horror, conspiracies and her disparaging of those who were selected to hunt the conservation land in Carlisle. First off I am a resident; my property adjoins the Davis tract. I use the trails every day to walk my dogs Oyster and Shiitake, and have so for several years. I am also a runner and run all the town trails; with that being said I am also one of the 18 hunters chosen to hunt the town land.
Here are a few facts: I have never seen anyone frolicking off of the trails; people walk trails, not in swamps or thickets. There has never been a bow-hunter-caused fatality in Massachusetts, even though thousands of residents and non-residents bow hunt here. In order to take a deer with a bow, you need to be close; there is no mistaking a deer for a human or a pet, period. A stray arrow will not travel further than the intended target when shot from a tree stand, period.
I take umbrage with her tone and allegations in her past letters; just say you hate hunting and leave it at that. Attacking me and the others with snide remarks or questioning our ethics and skill is serving no purpose but to make yourself feel better as you try and scare our residents with fear. You have a better chance of meeting your end from a falling tree or tripping on a root and hitting a rock as you walk!
As far as a lack of deer harvested, hunters hunt the last couple weeks of deer season heavily. Up until now there is little movement and there are maybe one or two hunters hunting on any given day at most, but in fact five deer have been taken, not two. I look forward to hopefully having a town vote, so next year’s hunt can be more enjoyable for all.
Forum conclusion troubling
To the Editor:
When reading Greg Peterson’s Forum article, “Remembrance and forgetting,” I have a difficult time discerning his exact point, but his conclusion is troubling, “Forgetting, it would seem, is more durable, more potent, than remembrance.” Mr. Peterson’s opinion is well-cited. However, I would counter with a singular citation: “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it” (George Santayana). While the origin of the poppy’s use and wear varies from country to country, it is now universally recognized as a sign of respect and remembrance to those who have given their lives in defense of the nation—not as a symbol of recruitment or a rallying cry. Do not forget the lessons of Vietnam, where the common servicemen and women were confused with the policy makers and politicians who formulated and directed the war. Similarly, we should not forget those who answered the call to serve and paid the price. The simple poppy seems a most appropriate way to do so. I commend the townspeople behind the exhibit on the Common and urge Mr. Peterson not to forget.
Lieutenant Colonel Greg Fairbank
Captain Wilson Lane
Who is in charge of the deer hunt?
To the Editor:
Who’s in charge of the deer hunt? According to Selectmen (BOS) Chairman Nate Brown, ConsCom is in charge. According to Sylvia Willard of ConsCom, they only handled the administrative portion, such as processing the hunter applications and collecting the $30 hunter fee.
That would appear to leave the Deer Committee, which was created by BOS, as being in charge.
On Monday, November 5, at approximately 7:15 a.m., gunshots were heard which came from the Town Forest. At that time my wife was outside hanging up the bird feeders. Our land abuts the Town Forest. The sound was startling and unnerving. We drove down East Street and saw fresh mud tire tracks in the road at the Town Forest entrance. We continued down Maple, then Brook and returned home. A police cruiser was leaving East Meadow in response to a neighbor’s call about the gunshots and we spoke to the officer. Two cruisers had been dispatched. This is the first time in 31 years we have heard gunshots coming from the Town Forest.
How is the hunt going? We attended the Deer Committee meeting on November 7. At that time three bucks and one doe had been taken by archers. Most people we talk to are avoiding using the trails with the hunt in progress. One walking her dog in the Davis Corridor had her dog roll in the entrails of a deer left by a hunter. Hunt signage has been poorly done. Hunters are being given three Sundays after the hunt ends on November 24 to remove their tree stands. Tree stands take about two hours to put up and should come down in less time. We feel the tree stands and signs should be removed by November 25, the Sunday after the hunt ends.
There should be no hunting on conservation land. We feel this hunt should not have been started without a proper Town Meeting. BOS has refused several requests to stop the hunt.
Bev and Ed Humm
Thank you to election workers for State Election assistance
To the Editor:
I wanted to personally thank the wonderful election volunteers who facilitated both the Early Voting sessions, and the November 6 State Election process to ensure it ran smoothly for Carlisle voters. They, along with our wonderful wardens, Kathy Devivo-Ash, Cindy Nock and Kate Reid, as well as our Registrars, Cynthia Schweppe and Anne Gibbs, oversaw the process with consummate professionalism and made the process of counting over 2,900 ballots both accurate and efficient.
I am especially appreciative to our facilities manager, Allan Foote, for his assistance in maintaining the polling area as well as setting up booths at both Town Hall and the Gleason Public Library. And very special thanks to Martha Feeney-Patten and her very accommodating staff for allowing us to hold an early voting session in the beautiful Hollis Room on a stormy Saturday.
Finally, I would like to give special mention to Peggy Wang, Assistant to the Clerk, who worked with me to process over 1,100 early voters into our State system, while still maintaining excellence in keeping up with the day-to-day duties of our Office.
I am extremely fortunate to work with such a wonderful group of people who value the importance of elections, and I’m truly grateful.
Mary de Alderete, CMC
Disturbed by political sign editorial
To the Editor:
It was disturbing to read the editorial entitled “Sneaky signs” in this week’s Mosquito. While ostensibly non-partisan, any reader with any awareness of our community understands the premise—what to do about those evil Diehl and Baker signs that some benighted/racist/homophobic “Nazi” deigns to post in our town. If not on town land, and not on someone else’s property, political speech should be legal. Full stop. It is in these small, seemingly inconsequential ordinances like the editor’s proposal that our First Amendment rights (bestowed by our creator, not the Carlisle town council) are lessened and eroded. I can think of many reasons why a sign might be placed away from one’s property—the obvious one being the goal of reaching as many “eyeballs” as possible. The second, more pertinent to the proposal at hand to identify the poster: it is not safe to one’s property and even to one’s person to support the “wrong team,” especially in a left-wing region such as Massachusetts. Need proof? Almost 30% of our town voted for Jeff Diehl—do you know any of them? Since the editor seems so interested in identifying those evil right-wingers in our midst, perhaps we might simplify things by requiring these nasty sign posters and their like just wear a red “R” and save polite society, and their Antifa brownshirt enforcers, the effort.
Douglas M. Sproule, MD MSc
Support the Friends of the COA
To the Editor:
As a long-time Carlisle resident and member of the board of the Friends of the Carlisle Council on Aging (FOCCOA), I am always amazed by the wonderful work done by our Council on Aging (COA) on behalf of our seniors. Carlisle is most fortunate to have David Klein, Angela Smith and their COA staff, who are committed to ensuring services and support for the well-being of our seniors. The COA works tirelessly to provide programs and activities that enable the seniors of Carlisle to remain active, healthy and involved members of our community.
The mission of the FOCCOA is to promote the physical and emotional well-being of Carlisle’s seniors by funding grants to support the many services provided by the COA. These include cultural and health lectures sponsored jointly with the Gleason Library as well as the purchase of large print books and audio publications for the library. Grants from the Friends also support monthly breakfasts, luncheons, podiatry and blood pressure clinics, and the underwriting of some medical equipment. In addition to supporting group transportation to luncheons, museums and theater events, donations to the Friends helped purchase a new SUV to provide individuals with transportation to and from appointments. Fuel assistance and food certificates are also provided to qualified seniors. To sustain these important programs and activities, the Friends rely on the continued generosity of our Carlisle community.
As the holiday giving season nears, please consider a donation to the Friends who depend on the support and generosity of our fellow citizens. Please watch the mail for the Friends’ flyer that will arrive in your mailbox soon. The Friends are most grateful for your support.
President, Friends of the Carlisle Council on Aging