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  • Joining The New Information Revolution

    To the Editor: As we approach the next referendum on the education budget, it would seem appropriate we consider why the budget was voted down on two previous occasions. Many residents in Newtown are wondering about the reason why we were asked last time to answer same two questions about the budget being too high or too low. I thought they got their answer in the first budget vote. Are they going to insult our intelligence and ask the same questions?

  • Getting The Facts About Backyard Shooting

    To the Editor: In a comment posted in response to Eric Poupon’s recent letter [“Target Shooting Needs To Be About Safety,” Letter Hive, May 21, 2013], the writer urged Newtowners who find living amid backyard target ranges objectionable to “Get your facts straight and or [sic] don't move in next to an active range and then start complaining.” But how are we to know where these backyard shooting ranges are?

  • Sending Our Hearts To Boston

    To the Editor: It is with the heaviest of hearts that we, as a community, are beginning to move forward following the events of 12/14/12. Newtown has forever been changed, especially in our close-knit community where six degrees of separation isn't the norm, but rather one or two. Our community has been the recipient of countless acts of kindness from places near and far, and many Newtown residents feel a calling to pay it forward. One project's simplicity and beauty really struck a chord with me. Hearts of Hope were sent from all over the country and packaged with explicit instructions from their painters – send my heart to Newtown.

  • A Vote For Educational Consistency

    To the Editor: As the third referendum approaches, I would like to take a moment to request that residents vote “Yes!” on Tuesday, June 4 in support of education.

  • A Plea From The Board of Education

    To the Editor: The Board of Education would like to invite Newtown residents to join us in supporting the budget in the coming referendum by voting Yes.

  • Respect The Cemetery

    To the Editor: My husband and I visit our daughter’s grave every day at St. Rose Cemetery. We have gone every day for the past 163 days since she was taken from us at Sandy Hook School. At Christmastime, somebody made a beautiful horse head out of evergreens so we could place at her grave. It was beautiful, and even had Christmas ribbon for the horse’s bridle. Jessica would have loved it. Unfortunately, it was stolen in February. I called everybody who visits her grave, and even went to St. Rose to find out if any of the groundskeepers had taken it (since it was turning brown). Nobody knew what happened to it. We were very upset, and couldn't believe that somebody would take something from Jessica...

  • Getting It Right

    To the Editor: A rare F5 tornado leaves a 14-mile path of destruction in a populated area. Twenty-four dead. We are doing something right: early warning systems and education, and more. A disturbed young man walks into a school with a semi-automatic weapon. Twenty-six dead. When will we be able to say "We are doing something right"? My heart goes out to all 50 families.

  • A Good Way To Combat Evil

    Dear Stephen: I would like to thank you, the leadership class, and Kamiak High School’s student body for the successful efforts to fund a well construction in Liberia in memory of the Sandy Hook victims. Sandy Hook Elementary School is within two miles of our home, the school bus still stops in front of our house each day, and it is the school our daughter graduated from in the 80s. There are many reminders of that tragedy in our lives each day, but we have been supported in our grief by the thoughts of others and the outpouring of sympathy expressed by the community at large, including now, Mukilteo Washington...

  • A Call To Support Education

    To the Editor: This letter is an entreaty to the voters of Newtown to support the education budget at this third referendum scheduled for Tuesday, June 4. The budget request as it stands now calls for a year over year increase of 3.93 percent, having been further reduced by the Legislative Council in response to the failed second referendum.

  • Taxes Never Go Down, Rights Never Come Back

    To the Editor: After my last letter, I was accused of trying to fail the budget over one line item, when I was trying to facilitate the process by allowing the sticking points to be heard. Props to Pat Llodra for her open door policy – a better way to accomplish my goal. It seemed, writing a budget more people will vote Yes on, was like finding a needle in a haystack. The media's misinterpretation, making the failure synonymous with a lack of desire for increased security is what I was trying to set straight, while keeping comments anonymous to foster sincerity and truth.