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  • Prevailing Wage Explanation Missed The Mark

    To the Editor: A piece last week in The Newtown Bee centered on prevailing wage laws applicable to public construction in Connecticut. [“Town Attorney Reviews Prevailing Wage Implications With Council.”] Unfortunately, Newtown Town Attorney David Grogins’ attempts to educate town officials on the subject was incomplete and, in part, wrong.

  • Working Together For A Long-Term Plan

    To the Editor: Below is what I shared with the Board of Finance on February 27. There were some generalizations made about “Newtown teachers being the highest paid in the state”. The towns in the State of Connecticut are broken up into District Reference Groups. They compare towns based on characteristics of their student’s families – median family incomes, percentage of families below poverty level, number of students enrolled, etc. Newtown is part of DRG B – with our neighbors Monroe, District 15, and Brookfield and also Avon, Cheshire, and Greenwich, to name a few.

  • Time For A Meaningful And Respectful Exchange Of Ideas On Guns

    To the Editor: Last Saturday I attended a symposium at the Quinnipiac University School of Law called "Gun Laws, Public Health and the Prevalence of Gun Violence: A critical look at an important balance." It brought together leading experts, practitioners and students to advance the larger conversation about gun accidents and injuries, public health and guns, mental health and guns, and the Second Amendment. The exchange of ideas was riveting, meaningful, and respectful. It dealt with a polarizing but critically important topic in a way that brought people together, and I applaud that accomplishment.

  • The Senior Center’s Creative Leadership

    To the Editor: Newtown Senior Center Director, Marilyn Place, thank you for all you have done and are doing for our seniors. In the many years I have known you, you have always been looking out for the members of our center. Many years ago, I became involv...

  • More Hypocrisy From Congress

    To the Editor: Today, February 27, C-SPAN informed us that the United States Senate blocked a Bill that would have expanded Veterans' Benefits to include dental care.  The proposed Bill would also have provided funding to support remedial health care ...

  • Patience Wearing Thin

    To the Editor: Today I watched a truck that picks up dumpsters from construction sites maneuver it's way through the not completely cleared streets where snow has piled up and the multiple parked cars of workers (there is construction going on at my house)...

  • Help And Kindness

    (The following letter to Newtown First Selectman Pat Llodra has been received for publication.) To First Selectman E. Patricia Llodra: Newtown Animal Municipal Control Officer Carolee Mason. Words fail me but you didn&r...

  • Let’s Talk Gun Limits

    To the Editor: Empowered by Supreme Court decisions supporting an individual right to keep and bear arms, the NRA, NSSF, and affiliated groups have been working hard to expand gun rights and challenge gun limits on the federal, state and local level. Just ...

  • Concerned About Mental Health Screening In Schools

    To the Editor: The Signs of Suicide depression screening test that is about to be implemented in the Newtown High School causes me serious concern, and it should alarm other parents as well. According to psychiatrist David Shaffer, ...

  • Reconciling Spiritual And Athletic Priorities

    To the Editor: At the time of this writing, the world is witnessing the closing ceremonies of the Olympics, in Sochi, Russia. While the winter games are not my cup of tea (or should I say, my glass of vodka,) I am enamored at the athletic achievements of each of the participants, be they in the physical agility manifested by the downhill slalom skiers, the artistic beauty of the figure skaters or the over-the-top gyrations of the X Games-type snow boarders. For one who could only last about 20 minutes on ice skates, in the early fifties, on Danbury’s Rogers Park pond and never achieved the goal of standing, uprightly, upon a board on wheels, nevertheless, I have a great respect for athletics, having played many diverse sports in my earlier days, doing fairly well especially in running, wrestling and basketball, and have made many terrific life-long friends along the way.