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Letters to the Editor

  • Faith In This Country

    To the Editor: After my response to Mr Barzetti’s letter (“Financial Collapse is Near”, 3/22 Bee), the last emotion I thought I would feel is pity. But, after reading his latest missive (“Gun Confiscation Leads to Genocide”, 4/5 Bee), I do truly pity him. I won’t detail all that is not factual in the letter (and it is considerable), but I do think it is quite sad that anyone is so afraid to live in, his words, “this great country,” that he feels the need to arm himself for the purpose of defending himself against the, his words, “mobs and or a tyrannical oppressive government” about to descend upon us in that same country (how “great” is that?!)

  • Shoulda Coulda Woulda

    To the Editor: You shoulda embraced autism. You coulda fostered that innocence and purity. You woulda been warmed by it and at peace. You shoulda contacted some organizations, they coulda taught you, and maybe he woulda been a contributing citizen.

  • School Nurses Against Gun Violence

    To the Editor, We the School Nurses of Newtown, AFSCME Local 1303-215, want meaningful federal gun reforms. We applaud Gov. Malloy and legislative leaders for their bipartisan effort to make Connecticut safer and healthier. Now it’s time for national action. We support our Second Amendment and an individual's right to own a gun but believe there need to be rational, common sense regulations and limitations to the law.

  • Donation Day Bolsters The Book Sale

    To the Editor: The Friends of C.H. Booth Library held its annual Spring Donation Day event on Sunday, April 7. It was a pleasure to spend the gorgeous spring day greeting the stream of generous towns' people bringing boxes, bags, and trunk loads of books, CDs, DVDs, books on CD, records, and puzzles for donation.

  • A West Virginia Concert Supports NYFS

    To the Editor: Newtown Youth and Family Services (NYFS) would like to thank members of a West Virginia band, Rain Crow, for organizing a musical fundraiser for the organization. The fundraiser held in Capon Bridge West Virginia in January raised over $4,700 for NYFS. The event included musical acts from several genres, an auction, dancing and refreshments.

  • Controlling Guns Will Not Control Human Behavior

    To the Editor: Thank you to Mr Boritz for his letter in the April 5th edition of The Bee [Letter Hive, “Questioning Beliefs”]. Boritz’s letter is one of the clearest statements of the two sides of the gun issue that I have read to date. On the one hand you have the Second Amendment defenders. These folks believe in their constitutionally granted rights to bear arms to protect themselves. They recognize that gun ownership is not for everyone, but feel it’s right for them. They therefore want to be left alone to exercise their rights to protect themselves as they see fit.

  • Don’t Support Criminals In The Name Of The Second Amendment

    To the Editor: I'm from Louisiana. Less than two hours southwest of Duck Dynasty territory, to be exact, in a little town called Many. I grew up with guns. My dad had guns, my mother had a gun, my brother had a gun. I ate every kind of animal you can name. So here's my take on gun safety. Hate to tell ya'll this, but anyone who does not support universal background checks supports criminals. And anyone who does support straw sales and loopholes, well, you support criminals as well.

  • Don’t Tar All Elected Officials With The Same Brush

    To the Editor: I was greatly relieved to read the headline “Mr Duffy’s Extremist and Reactionary View” over Randi Allen Kiely’s excellent letter of March 27 concerning a previous letter printed by The Bee with the headline “Elected Officials Are Fundamentally Dishonest”(Letter Hive, 1/11/13). I spent a long time writing my own response to the original letter, because the headline was so provocative, and so insulting to officials who work hard to attain office, only to be subjected to such inflammatory words. I was taught never to use generalizations, and to tar all elected officials with the same brush is an outrage.

  • Pulling Together

    To the Editor: A community is like an extended family in many ways: a large, assorted group of people in close proximity who care about each other to different degrees and have a vested interest in working and living together in harmony, sometimes despite their differences. Newtown is a family in grief now. As such, we have embraced each other more closely and joined in a common effort to prevent future tragedy. As anger and frustration bubble up inside us in this aftermath, though, our interactions can become more complicated.

  • A Great Location For Healing

    To the Editor: Last Saturday, the “Open Mic”event at the Healing Newtown Through the Arts Center was a total treat on a number of levels. The presentations were as varied as the ages and genres of the performers. Musicians of all sizes, shapes, energies, backgrounds, and proficiencies gathered to share their gifts and their commitment to the underlying expressed purpose of “healing.” Mission accomplished.