Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Encouraging a 'No' vote on Article 30, Annursnac Hill Road resident Katie Lebling writes, 'Choosing tap water instead is a minor change for an individual that sends a much larger message.'
To the Editor, Bottled water definitely has convenience going for it, but beyond that momentary benefit it has little to offer the consumer and the global community. In terms of human health and environmental effects, as well as its larger impacts on equity and environmental justice, it is undeniably damaging. As residents of not only one of the most developed nations in the world, but one of the most affluent towns within that nation, we have a responsibility to both future generations and to the rest of the global population to maintain the environmental quality we were given. The amount of plastic and other externalities dumped into our environment throughout a bottle’s lifecycle is staggering, especially considering the same product …
Monday, April 22, 2013
Ripley Hill Road resident Adriana Cohen explains why she's in favor of repealing Concord's bottled water bylaw at annual Town Meeting.
Monday, April 22
To the Editor, I am a member of Concord Residents for Consumer Choice (CRCC), a coalition of Concord conservationists and consumer choice advocates who believe in having the liberty to buy legal, safe products without government interference or penalty. I am a recycler, a tap water drinker and a bottled water drinker. Believe it or not, this is not a contradiction. Bottled water and tap water can and should co-exist. Neither the government nor the private sector should have an exclusively monopoly on the water supply. Hence the reason we have anti-monopoly laws in this country. Giving either sector a monopoly on water simply affords too much control and power over the masses as water is a life critical resource. Remember that our …
Park Lane resident Carol Wilson writes that Concord "should not rush to place a conservation restriction on" the landfill site and urges voters to vote No on Article 12.
To the Editor, Tonight at Concord's opening night of Town Meeting we will be asked to approve a permanent conservation restriction on 35.4 acres of Concord land. Why would we sell a conservation restriction on this land known as the Concord landfill? Do we know that we will never have need for this land for other municipal or community purposes in the future? Or perhaps it is that the purchase price of $2.8 million is too good an offer to pass up? Maybe it is because we don't trust the town to be a good steward of this land without a conservation restriction? Frankly, not one of these reasons can explain why we need Article 12. First, the landfill represents the only significant piece of land the town still owns that is close to the …
Annursnac Hill Road resident Janet Rothrock writes that voting 'no' on Article 30 and 'moving away from single-serve bottled water is a small step toward a more sustainable world.'
To the Editor, We all believe in individual choice but along with choice comes responsibility. We have a responsibility to our children and their children to leave a world that will be habitable. Moving away from single-serve bottled water is a small step toward a more sustainable world. High quality water comes out of your tap and by choosing it instead of water in disposable bottles you are choosing to eliminate carbon dioxide spewed into the air from the manufacture of bottles, the drilling for and pumping of water, and the trucking of bottles to bottling plants and of bottled water to retail stores It is now clear that human activity is a major contributor to climate change. We have already seen a 1.5 degree C increase in global …
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Town Meeting starts next Monday, April 22.
To the Editor, The League of Women Voters of Concord-Carlisle encourages active and informed participation of citizens in government. We urge all Concord voters who can arrange their schedules to attend next week’s sessions of the Concord Annual Town Meeting to do so. Voters who attend Town Meeting will participate in discussion and voting on many financial, zoning and other policy matters that affect our community. The goldenrod-colored Finance Committee Report, which residents received recently by mail (and which is also on the Town’s website), is important reading, and voters should bring it with them to Town Meeting Town Meeting is held at the Concord-Carlisle Regional High School, 500 Walden St. The first night of Town Meeting begins …
Saturday, March 30, 2013
Hunters Ridge Road resident Cynthia Rainey, who narrowly lost out on winning a seat on the Concord School Committee in the recent town election, says she'll 'do everything in my power to work for the best schools that we can.'
Saturday, March 30
To the Citizens of Concord, I am writing to thank the Concord voters for their support in the School Committee race. It was an honor to run in our wonderful community, and what an incredible campaign and election it was. I thank all of the citizens who turned out in spite of the bad weather. During the campaign I was given many gifts, one of the most valuable to me personally was the support of my family, my husband and two sons who worked alongside me the whole way and were a daily source of inspiration and support. I was lucky enough to have a small but vigorous organization that grew and strengthened every day. Those volunteers daily demonstrated a level of support and dedication that was truly humbling and I can’t thank them enough. I …
Sunday, March 17, 2013
ORNAC resident Scott Snook writes that his wife, Kathi Snook, is 'a proven leader of character -- just what we need on the Concord School Committee.'
To the Editor, I am writing to support Kathi Snook for Concord School Committee. Clearly I am biased when it comes to my opinion of her as a wife and mother. So when I tell you that she is the best mother our five children could ever have and the most selfless loving partner I could ever dream of, feel free to discount my opinion. That is not the primary reason I decided to write. Instead, I am writing to share a unique perspective of an incredible woman, one that I don’t think anyone else in Concord can write, one that anyone truly interested in the future of our schools should know. In July of 1976, Kathi and I entered West Point as members of the very first class with women. I didn’t know her at the time, and neither did any of our 1,…
Potter Street residents Steve and Karen Audette write that Kathi Snook is a 'critical, clear thinker and she is passionate about serving her community.'
To the Editor, Kathi Snook is running for School Committee and we hope you will join us in voting for her. We have known the Snook family for over a decade. Kathi is uniquely qualified for the school committee, she has a PhD in Curriculum and Teaching and her five children have attended Concord Public Schools. Kathi is a critical, clear thinker and she is passionate about serving her community. Concord residents couldn’t ask for a better person to represent us. Steve and Karen Audette35 Potter Street
Prescott Road resident writes that she would trust Kathi Snook 'with a lot more than my representation at School Committee.'
To the Editor, I am writing to endorse Kathi Snook for School Committee. I have known Kathi for almost 10 years, and have worked with her on several committees in service of our schools. I know her to be extraordinarily committed to each endeavor, organized in her execution, and both passionate and reasonable in her support of our students. As I said to a neighbor, with whom I was discussing our choices for School Committee: “I don't see Kathi as much as I would like, now that our sons are in college, but I can say without an ounce of doubt that I would trust Kathi with a lot more than my representation at School Committee.” For now, electing Kathi Snook to School Committee is a fine start. Donna Milofsky33 Prescott Road
Haywood Mill Road resident Louise Haldeman, a member and clerk for the Citizens Transportation Committee, writes that School Committee candidate Lisa Bergen's 'leadership of the CTC was exemplary in all respects.'
To the Editor, I was astounded to read the recent comment by Janet Friedman, which simultaneously attacks Lisa Bergen and maligns the Citizens Transportation Committee (CTC). As a member and clerk for the CTC, I can attest that Lisa Bergen’s leadership of the CTC was exemplary in all respects. All committee meetings were open to the public and a number of citizens attended. The minutes were posted promptly making them easily available to the public as well as to the School Committee and TAC. The protocols of the Open Meeting Law were carefully followed. The CTC, which was appointed by the Town Moderator following a vote at the 2012 Town Meeting, was asked to search diligently to find ways of keeping the bus transportation department in …