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  • Our Society Is The Root Cause Of Learning Disabilities And Mental Illness

    To the Editor: My name is Kinley Nagle. I am a certified special education teacher with dyslexia. My ground-breaking work is about the unexplored potential in our children, ourselves and society. When I recognized that my students’ emotional needs were interfering with their learning I provided them with the necessary emotional support, tools and teaching strategies to thrive, resulting in a 90 percent success rate in my resource and self-contained classrooms.

  • Give What We Can

    To the Editor: In the wake of 12/14, the Town of Newtown was the beneficiary of overwhelming generosity from all over the world. The City of Moore, Oklahoma is now suffering terribly. Let us all contribute whatever we can .

  • We Can’t All Have What We Want

    To the Editor: It’s time that our officials take a good look why the budgets don't pass. Yes, you can lower the budget amounts, but they are forgetting one thing: the mill rate has to be lowered also. Our seniors and others can't afford this mill rate. Open your eyes town officials. We all can't have what we want even in a normal house in this town. We have to say no.

  • Beautifying The Meeting House

    To the Editor: The Board of Trustees of the Heritage Preservation Trust of Newtown, Inc.—which administers the Newtown Meeting House—wishes to publicly thank the Horticulture Club of Newtown for its continued support in beautifying the Meeting House grounds.

  • Watering Down The Shooting Range Ordinance

    To the Editor: The Ordinance Committee is wrapping up a series of meetings on an updated firearms ordinance with extensive input from the public. Those who want little or no restrictions on target shooting have been well represented, as have been residents wanting greater restrictions in the interest of safety and quality of life for their neighborhoods. As the committee nears the end of this process, the outline of the final changes are becoming clear. While provisions that will help lessen some negative effects of target shooting on neighbors are likely (banning exploding targets, limiting shooting to four hours during daylight hours and requiring advance notification of police about shooting sessions), other proposals have been watered down or rejected...

  • Literary Stars In Alignment

    To the Editor: Getting so many of the rock stars of the children’s book world together in one place couldn’t have been easy—but the stars were certainly in alignment for Newtown last weekend. It was truly a thrill for me and dozens of other adults and children to attend “Turning the Page: New Stories for Newtown” at the Middle School and meet these very talented (and very friendly) authors and illustrators in person.

  • Target Shooting Needs To Be About Safety

    To the Editor: Thank you for your investigation Mr. Barzetti. [“An Improbably Shot On Split Rock Road,” Letter Hive, 5/15/13] I want to re-state what happened on that day in January. A person, who was working on the roof of our neighbors’ home, was hit with a stray bullet from a nearby shooting range. Luckily, he was not injured. The police report is currently accurate in stating a person (not a ball as originally stated in the report) was hit with the bullet. Honest mistake by the policeman, I would hope. A police report is only adjusted through a specific interview process by the police department to validate what was reported. The report was adjusted, it is fact. I also want to make something clear. I do not think a bullet hitting a ball in anyone’s yard where children could be playing is acceptable in any way, I hope you agree.

  • The Dogs Did It Again!

    To the Editor: Strutt Your Mutt! 2013 was an overwhelming success! We sent home over 200 tired dogs, most of them smiling from ear to ear. In attendance were several well-known names: Romeo and Juliett, MegaTron, Zeus, Snooky and even Miss Daisy. The event this year was focused on Community Health and Healing. Our 2K walk around the grounds of Fairfield Hills, was led by Therapy Dogs Intl from Canine Training Behavior Services. At the top of the hill along the upper meadow we paused to take in a priceless view of Newtown, and to blow soap bubbles and send good thoughts aloft.

  • Watering Down The Shooting Range Ordinance

    To the Editor: At its meeting last week, the [Legislative Council’s] Ordinance Committee reached four decisions about its draft in progress of a new ordinance to regulate residential target shooting. The committee decided: 1) To exclude from further consideration any permitting process to be administered by the police chief. The unanimous straw poll was taken immediately after Chief Kehoe replied No when asked by the chair if he supported inclusion of a permitting process in the new ordinance.

  • Children Find Connections At HealingNewtown

    To the Editor: I am the founder of Voices For Heroes. I have to tell everyone about my experience with HealingNewtown Art Space. Evan and I, at Voices For Heroes, have been trying to sell a tribute CD for Newtown to help fund HealingNewtown Art Space. While the sales are slow, there is nothing we can do, as we watch HealingNewtown lose their space. The thing is, I have been to the events at HN and saw the great reaction from the children. The music, the art, the visitors and the strength that comes from pulling together to make a difference brings the community together like nothing else can.