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  • Things Have Changed Since 2010

    To the Editor: In the January 17 issue of The Bee, there was an article on the Horse and Dog news page entitled, “Saddle Up for Life Program Offered Through Horse Guard.” It caught my eye because I wrote it. It first appeared in The Bee on May 11, 2007; then on March 18, 2008; March 27, 2009 and March 19, 2010. The January 17 article paraphrased my previous articles, but things have changed since I left in 2010, and now this article has many inaccuracies.

  • A Week Of Prayer For Christian Unity

    To the Editor: The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, celebrated from January 18 – 25, has just passed. May I share its roots that we, here in Newtown, might reflect upon its purpose? Jesus the Christ prayed: “As You (the Father) sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world that they may be one as we are one.” That all may be one! What a magnificent hope for all people!

  • Stats Show Queen St. Speed Bumps Diverted Traffic… But Where?

    To the Editor: I have been alerting Newtown residents for years that the objective of Queen Street residents was, in addition to speed control, significant traffic reduction. However when the Police Commission installed two, then three, and then five speed bumps the public was lead to believe that traffic diversion and reduction wasn’t significant. Now under the Freedom of Information Act we have learned the opposite. Traffic on Queen Street has been diverted by almost 1,800 vehicles per day.

  • Penance and Guns

    To the Editor: On January 25 my seven-year-old daughter made her first penance with her second grade classmates at St. Rose of Lima Church. I couldn't help but think, looking out at the scores of families assembled, that there were children who were not in attendance because of the December 2012 rampage at Sandy Hook School. Children who died that awful day should have been with us, sitting in the St. Rose pews, making funny faces at each other and listening to Father Bob's amusing recollections of his childhood. I pray for this community every day; I also pray for our country. I pray for the people who feel their Second Amendment rights somehow trump the rights of the majority of us to enjoy our rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

  • Some Disturbing Trends In Gun Violence

    To the Editor: There were a few things that caught my eye this past week. The first was Barbara Richardson’s letter [“Assault Weapons: The Eyes Of The Beholders,” Letter Hive, 1-24-14] concerning the National Shooting Sports Foundation and the gun industry’s marketing of semi-automatic versions of military type assault weapons. Her contention is that by the industry’s re-branding them as Modern Sporting Rifles these weapons can be portrayed as more socially acceptable, and concerns about access to them are exaggerated. But as she points out, access to guns by individuals prone to violence is a very serious problem, and the gun industry’s marketing techniques tip the scales in favor of sales over violence prevention.

  • Setting The Record Straight On DPW Pay

    To the Editor, As an official of the union representing employees of the Newtown Department of Public Works, I’d like to correct a statement that First Selectman Pat Llodra made in a recent article “Finance Board Talks Snow Removal, Sewer Project Costs In Hawleyville.” Newtown DPW crew members do not receive double time pay on Sundays if they are called in to work a storm. We receive time and a half on Saturdays and Sundays.

  • The One That Got Away

    To the Editor: I am confused. If Charles Dumais is such a great principal that he got hired away by another school district as a superintendent, why wasn't he considered for our next superintendent of schools? Was he asked? If he was asked, did he refuse?

  • An Opportunity To Solarize

    To the Editor: Cable, electric, and gas prices all go up and what choice do you have? Little to none? The opportunity exists right now here in Newtown to significantly change that, which my wife and I have done. We signed up for a solar panel installation with Astrum Solar as a part of their ongoing effort to solarize Newtown. There are cost savings available through February 11th for those that sign up before then as well as federal tax credits.

  • Story Hour Put On Ice Until Feb. 8

    To the Editor: It was with great regret, the Children’s Adventure Center Free Story Hour was iced out last January 11. After much planning and decorating and preparing by the Bookworms, the CAC parking lot was a sheet of ice and the Bookworms had to cancel the special treat they had for the littlies of Newtown and Sandy Hook. First Selectman Pat Llodra, amply supplied with ice melt, ventured as far as the door and declared the CAC World “unsafe” at 10 AM Saturday morning, and regrettably the CAC Bookworms cancelled their free story hour with the first selectman.

  • Assault Weapons: The Eyes Of The Beholders

    To the Editor: The National Shooting Sports Foundation is receiving attention this week as their flagship convention The Shot Show takes place this week in Las Vegas. I was one of a number of local residents participating in the Newtown Action Alliance's press conference and demonstration on Monday, calling for the firearms industry to take a more responsible role and join others working to prevent gun violence. One focus of the press conference was the gun industry's marketing of semi-automatic versions of military assault weapons.