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Letters to the Editor

  • Reaching Out To All

    To the Editor: On 12/16 at the Newtown memorial service, in the presence of the families of our loving children/teachers/administrators, with President Obama, Gov Malloy and our very own beloved selectwoman, Patricia Llodra, our local clergy men and women ascended the stage arm in arm, to offer prayers and reflections on behalf of the gallant “first responders” to the 12/14 tragedy …and for multiple services within the Newtown community. My prayer addressed the caregivers, counselors and clergy of the area.

  • Amending The Constitution

    To the Editor: Quick shout out to Oscar Berendsohn, your request to change the wording of the constitution is called an amendment. Amending the Constitution has been done many times, it starts with a proposal and subsequent two-thirds majority vote in both the House and Senate making it a joint resolution. The joint resolution then goes to the states for consideration. A proposed amendment becomes part of the Constitution as soon as it is ratified by three-quarters of the states.

  • A Record Rooster Run

    To the Editor: Thanks to the Newtown community for coming out on Saturday June 15th in support of the Newtown Parks and Recreation’s 39th annual Rooster Run/Walk 5K. We had 464 finishers, a Rooster Run record! It was the closest finish ever with Kevin Hoyt and Zack Shwartz finishing in 15:09. What a great way to kick off the summer season here in town.

  • A True Public Servant

    To the Editor: Upon the occasion of her retirement, we want to add to the many well wishes and thanks to Janet Woycik for her service to the town of Newtown for over the past 30 years.

  • Lighthouse Festival Casts Its Light On Newtown

    To the Editor: We can’t begin to express our thanks to the thousands of you in the Newtown Community who brought your own inner light to our Lighthouse Festival on Saturday. If you didn’t bring it with you, it appears you found a bit of light while there: the smiles and joy on children and adults alike were omnipresent.

  • Moving Ahead With Health Care Despite State Cuts

    To the Editor: Last week, the Connecticut State Legislature voted to approve the governor's budget that includes $550 million in funding cuts to hospitals in the state. At Western Connecticut Health Network, our patients, employees and communities will feel the $30 million cut to our operating budget over a two-year period. We are now forced to reexamine our ability to offer community programs that, sadly, affect people who most need care, reduce staff who dedicate their lives to serve others, and continue to scrutinize our operations to find any opportunity to stretch our dollars to preserve our mission.

  • Proud Of Our Community

    To the Editor: It is now six months since 12/14/12. That day, that terrible day when 26 families were shattered and our community was traumatized in ways that we are only beginning to come to grips with. The wounds suffered by our children, their parents, educators, first-responders and others will take many years to heal. We already see that we were all affected by this horror in our own unique ways. Some of us will be able to move on with our lives, while some will struggle with the consequences for a long time. What is undeniable is that we have all been affected. In this way, regardless of our zip code, we are all Sandy Hook.

  • Thanks To The Volunteers

    To the Editor: The Newtown High School Library Media Center would like to publicly thank our community volunteers for the many hours they contributed this past school year. Our volunteers are Roberta Ahuja, Barbara French, and Mark Malia. Their services have been invaluable, and we gratefully acknowledge their commitment to our school.

  • A Thank You To Newtown Students

    To the Editor: This Thursday has been declared “Thank You Thursday” by Newtown High School’s Principal’s Advisory Council (PAC). PAC would like the entire school to take an opportunity to say thank you to someone who has impacted them in a positive way. This is my thank you to Newtown students.

  • The Police Commission’s Costly Obsession With Queen Street

    To the Editor: What started as a legitimate effort to calm traffic on Queen Street has now turned into a fiasco. First two speed bumps, then three, and now five are planned. Ten-mile-an-hour speed signs were posted. Now we learn that the Police Commission wants to make sure no driver can go more than 25 MPH in between the speed bumps. Do any other roads in Newtown have that objective?