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  • Bring Home Sandy Hook School

    To the Editor: On Saturday, October 5th, our town will hold a referendum to accept funding to rebuild Sandy Hook School. As we look to bring home our Sandy Hook School community, it is critical to have a school building that will allow them to stay together. It is important that we all play a role in this process as it affects the entire community.

  • Not A Normal Referendum

    To the Editor: I am writing to urge all the residents of Newtown to vote and please vote Yes on October 5th. This is not a normal referendum, there are no second chances. Voting “no” will not save you any money on your tax bill. It is already allocated; it’ll just be spent somewhere else. The reality is, the largest elementary school in our town is no longer suitable for use.

  • Accepting A Gift

    To the Editor: If someone gives you a gift, the gracious thing to do is to accept it. The $50 million dollar grant that the state is willing to give to Newtown is no different. It should be accepted without question. If the grant is accepted, it does not have to be repaid, it is a free gift. This will provide us with a brand new state-of-the-art school for our children. There are no strings attached here, even though it seems almost too good to be true. A new school for us without an increase in taxes? Yes, that is what is occurring here.

  • Say ‘Thank You’

    To the Editor: The State of Connecticut is giving us a gift – the gift of a new school. What were you taught to do when you receive a gift? You were taught to say, “Thank you.” We can all say “Thank you” by voting “Yes” on October 5.

  • A Second Chance To Get It Right

    To the Editor: When non-profit public-service oriented institutions such as school systems or churches have to find new leaders, it differs from a corporate situation because in addition to maintaining efficiency and financial solvency, the new leader must be able to provide inspirational leadership to both the staff and the community being served by that staff.

  • Passport To Sandy Hook

    To the Editor: Last week I sent an email to friends inviting them to SHOP's Passport to Sandy Hook event. After a few people commented on it, I decided to share that email with all of you – inviting you to an event that truly celebrates our incredible community. A year ago when I sent an email inviting friends to Passport to Sandy Hook, our community was in a different place.

  • Sandy Hook, A Special Place

    To the Editor: Please join me on Saturday, October 12 from 11 am to 4 pm in Sandy Hook Center for the Passport event. Visit all our local businesses and sign up to win one of the fantastic prize packages. Sandy Hook Center has never looked better! The continuation of the new sidewalks and lighting onto Washington Avenue, and the new flower boxes all add to the small town Connecticut feel that makes it such a special place.

  • Genetically Modified Foods Are Safe

    To the Editor: This past June the state of Connecticut passed a genetically modified organism (GMO) labeling bill that would require all food manufacturers to label any food that contained genetically modified or engineered ingredients. Proponents of the bill, led by the grassroots organization GMO Free CT, claim that GM foods are harmful to our health and the environment. However there is currently no scientific evidence that GM foods are dangerous to one’s health. In fact evidence shows that GM foods benefit our health and decrease environmental impacts by improving the nutritional content of food and allowing farmers to use less land and pesticides to grow more crops.

  • Try Thinking With A More Open Mind

    To the Editor: After the shootings on Dec. 14, 2013 happened, our town was left in a state of shock. Too shocked, in my opinion, because it has led people to question, and attempt to ratify, the 2nd Amendment, the glorious document that allows us to keep and bear arms. Our first amendment allows us to speak (and among other things) freely. Unfortunately, some people have felt too afraid to speak in such a manner.

  • Indebted For Efforts Made To Enhance The Community

    To the Editor: On behalf of the Board of Directors, and the numerous users of the property of Cullens Youth Association Inc., I would like to express our extreme gratitude to the many volunteers from Webster Bank, N.A. and United Way of Western Connecticut. Approximately eight-five volunteers arrived at the Cullens site on September 7 and they wasted no time getting down to business. The Webster Bank team had worked closely with United Way and the Cullens organization to carefully orchestrate a very productive day for Cullens.