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  • The Holster On My Hip

    To the Editor: There is one other town between my home and Newtown. Through the years, I’ve spent a lot of time in the Newtown/Sandy Hook community, through friendships, work, shopping, dining, and socializing. I too, have personal connections to victims of the senseless tragedy that a madman committed that day. My prayers, condolences, and best wishes have been, and continue to be offered to those that are suffering from that unthinkable act of evil and violence. I am also a gun owner. A legal, licensed, law-abiding, responsible gun owner.

  • Where Do You Stand On Tyranny?

    To the Editor: I find it very interesting that our imperial president has taken it upon himself to again shred the Constitution and upgrade his executive powers. There is no question that the infamous Affordable Care Act aka, Obamacare is a questionable law. Yes; it was ruled constitutional by the Supreme Court; but it was ruled a tax – and there lies another question for another time.

  • Library Board Needs To Reconsider

    To the Editor: We have lived in Newtown since 1968, raised two children here, and I taught 33 years in our school system. The Cyrenius Booth Library has been a constant source of learning, fine reading, pleasure and friendship. Now that my husband and I are retired, the library seems like an extension of our home.

  • A Call To Protest Changes At The Library

    To the Editor: There are times when we have to question and oppose the thinking and decisions that are made by those entrusted with the responsibility to provide the best operating environment for the residents of Newtown. This is especially true in the case of the new library director, Shawn Fields, who has a plan to overhaul the existing layout of the library to fit into his concept of what our library should resemble in his mind. Such decisions often create a sterile atmosphere because visitors and residents were not consulted beforehand in order to get their feedback and suggestions.

  • Stamp Your Passport To Sandy Hook In October

    To the Editor: On behalf of S.H.O.P., (Sandy Hook Organization for Prosperity), I would like to thank the community for coming out and supporting our events in Sandy Hook Center. Unfortunately, due to circumstances beyond our control, the event scheduled for Saturday, August 17, will have to be rescheduled to a later date.

  • The Police Commission’s Obsession With Queen Street

    To the Editor: The Newtown Bee reported last week that Queen Street residents have long complained about speeding motorists. Now with three speed bumps added to the two already installed, Queen Street residents have a new issue to complain about, noise caused by the speed bumps and motorists going over them, a few beeping their horns. One resident complained that the children are stressed by the sound of honking horns. Another resident said it was unclear why some people are angry about the presence of speed table. Yet another said divers were being un-neighborly and unkind.

  • Newtown’s Community Theater

    To the Editor: Whenever I hear about how much Newtown needs some sort of cultural arts center, I don't disagree – however, I would like to remind Newtown residents that we have our very own community theater which has been in existence for nearly 80 years. Town Players' Little Theatre is located at 18 Orchard Hill Road. Our all-volunteer crew puts on four, sometimes five, productions per year. Comedy and drama, both of a contemporary and historical nature, grace our stage every season. We shy away from musicals only because of the space limitations of our intimate setting. Many of our volunteers are from Newtown, but a good number come from surrounding towns. All are welcome! If you're interested in becoming involved, you have only to let us know.

  • 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.