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  • Have Guns… Will Travel!

    To the Editor: There was a popular TV show, “Have Gun Will Travel,” in which the main character, “Paladin,” was a gun for hire… and he traveled. The Connecticut Citizens Defense League (CCDL) evoked “Paladins” to travel from across the State of Connecticut, and neighboring states, and descend upon Starbucks in Newtown on their self-declared “Starbucks Appreciation Day” Friday. The appreciation is for Starbucks corporate policy of allowing guns in their stores. It is beyond the pale to imagine that any gun carrier would have the gall to place Newtown in the cross hairs of their gun carrying pride day. Yet they came, not only to their neighborhood Starbucks, but traveled miles to put their guns in front of Newtown children and adults.

  • Needed: Intelligent Dialogue

    To the Editor: The letter titled “Newtown Is The New North Stamford” appeared in August 2 Newtown Bee. The heading of the letter is interesting since I never lived in the area of Stamford referred to as North Stamford. I do think as I said in my original letter that we can tackle traffic problems in Newtown whether they exist on Curry Drive, Currituck Lane or The Boulevard. I know we can learn from the experiences of other towns. I don't think much will ever be accomplished through sarcasm, hyperbole, name calling, and confused responses to suggestions to improve traffic conditions throughout the town.

  • A Treadwell Returns For The Reunion

    To the Editor: We have all heard of Treadwell Park, named for our First Selectman Timothy B. Treadwell, who died tragically in a house fire in February, 1972. Tim had three sons, and the oldest, Mead Treadwell, is Lieutenant Governor of Alaska. He came to the “Great Newtown Reunion,” having attended Sandy Hook Elementary School and the middle school before graduating from Hotchkiss School in 1974, and graduating from Yale in 1978. He gave the keynote address at the [Great Newtown Reunion], introduced by First Selectman Pat Llodra.

  • Newtown Is The New North Stamford

    To the Editor: I read with interest, a letter from last week [“Queen Street’s Big Picture Needs A Regional View,” Letter Hive, 7/24/13], extolling the virtues of the new large yellow bumps on Queen Street. Apparently we must accept them because they were first used in Southern Fairfield County, and their migration north must be natural, I assume. It was stated that the “bumps” solved the problem in an affordable manner. In fact, the problem is not solved. We cringe as we navigate the “bumps”, speed between them, hope that the vehicle behind us does not ram us from behind as we slow, etc. No, far from solved, the town has only created an “attractive nuisance” on a major borough thoroughfare, and we await the first lawsuit against the town for placing obstacles on a road surface that causes accidents. It will happen.

  • Praise for ‘Panacea’

    To the Editor: Last Saturday night, at the Great Newtown Reunion, "Panacea" absolutely rocked our world. Every single one of the rock group's members was superb, and the song choices brought tears to our eyes. "Panacea" was back again, and 40 years magically melted away ... we were young, deliriously happy and carefree once more. We knew every single word to every single song, and we let the world know it with a cacophony of off-key yet joyous and enthusiastic singing to the music of our beloved "Panacea."

  • Support For Regional Hospice

    To the Editor: Once again the loyal supporters of the Newtown Chapter of Regional Hospice & Home Care came out to support our 24th Annual Breakfast at The Waterview on June 12th. The numbers are just about all in and we have realized a profit of $22,000-plus, which we think is terrific!

  • Extraordinary Trip, Extraordinary Kids

    To the Editor: As chaperones of the Ben’s Lighthouse sponsored work camp in Oklahoma, we want to praise each and every one of the youth who took part in the trip: Aimee Alexander, Alana Murray, Austen Wagner, Brenna Kelly, Dan Harrison, Elizabeth Calabrese, Eric Benson, Erica Thill, Jeff Haylon, Jessica Delp, Joe Fiorella, Katie Clark, Maggie Kost, Marissa Thill, Matt Gonzalez, Mergim Bajraliu, Patrick Pierce, Tess Murray, and Trystan Wagner.

  • Our Circle

    To the Editor: Our mutual pain and suffering is what allows us Newtowners to clench hands in a large circle – all 27,560 of us. It’s easy for us to open up to one another because there is not a single person in that circle who cannot understand our pain. Anyone I talk to in that circle can in some way sympathize with me. This is what unifies us. But what happens when life’s forces pushes us out of that circle? Can anyone really understand us then? Is there anyone else out there we can lock hands with, look into their eyes, and tell our story to knowing that they will understand?

  • Proud To Be A Sandy Hooker

    To the Editor: Being a Sandy Hooker for 25-plus years, I have to admit I never gave the center of our town much more than a cursory glance. Now I look forward to all the improvements that have evolved, to transform our little village into an appealing New England town.

  • Newtown Needs A Cultural Arts Center

    To the Editor: For 10 years now it has been in the Fairfield Hills Master Plan to build a Cultural Arts Center. Unfortunately, because of budgetary concerns, the town never felt like it had the opportunity to put forward a proposal to make this happen. Now perhaps things are different. There are many of us who believe that right now is the time to finally make having a Cultural Arts Center at Fairfield Hills a reality. And I believe we seriously need to consider what the town and various well-meaning groups, foundations, corporations and major sports teams are spending money on. Let's step back and take a moment to prioritize what would be best for this town, what would do the most good for the people of our community.