Letters to the Editor

  • 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.

  • Gun Confiscation Leads To Genocide

    Mr Loerzel suggested last week in his letter that I perhaps move to some other “civilized society” where there is no gun ownership and “considerable less gun violence.” Gun confiscation leads to genocide. Here are the historical facts. The following are “civilized” countries that confiscated guns from the populace and the resulting murders that followed: Turkey 1915-1917 1.5 million dead; Soviet Union 1929-1953 20 million dead; Nazi Germany 1933-1945 13 million dead; China 1949-1976 20 million dead; Guatemala 1960-1981 100,000 dead; Uganda 1971-1979 300,000 dead; Cambodia 1975-1979 3 million dead.

  • Many Made GameDay A Success

    To The Editor: I would like to thank all of the people who helped make Saturday’s “GameDay at Newtown” event to help benefit the Jessica Rekos Memorial Fund possible. First, a thank you to my co-workers Rece Davis, Digger Phelps and Jay Bilas for donating their time during the busiest part of the college basketball season.

  • Questioning Beliefs

    To the Editor: The demonstration last Thursday in front of the NSSF headquarters attracted many counter-demonstrators as well as NAA [Newtown Action Alliance] activists. I took the opportunity to approach some NSSF supporters to discover what elements of gun safety legislation would be acceptable to them. I was curious to find out the reasoning of one young man who was holding a sign that read, “NAA protesting against NSSF is like MADD protesting A.A.” The short answer is that the NSSF promotes gun safety and provides training for proper handling of firearms. I continued the discussion by asking the gentleman if he was a member of the NRA to which he answered that he was. “Why doesn’t the NRA support universal background checks?” He wasn‘t able to say and added that he did not agree with everything the NRA does.

  • A Pragmatic Approach To Fund Disbursement

    To the Editor: In the New York Times on March 24th, Will Rogers is quoted as saying, “this will be a thankless job”, in regards to disbursing the $10.2M fund collected by the United Way. First, I would like for Mr Rogers to publicly apologize to all the people who donated to that fund for his insensitive remark.

  • In Appreciation Of The Police

    To the Editor: I think that appreciation for the Newtown Police Department has never been as high as it is now after the events of 12/14. Having been thrust into a situation for which there is no adequate preparation and having to live with the aftermath on a day-to-day basis goes way beyond what would be considered normal professional duties.

  • The Level Of Gun Violence In The US Is Unacceptable

    To the Editor: This is in response to Steve Sanetti [“New Restrictions on Guns Won't Stop Criminals”], who provided statistics that purported to show evidence of a reduction in firearms accidents and gun related crime rates in part due to gun industry efforts. Simultaneously, the Huffington Post reported that more than 100 people were killed in gun related violence incidents in the US in the first week following December 14. They also reported that that number increased to 1,285 individuals in the first seven weeks after December 14 and again increased to 2,243 in the three months following the shooting at Sandy Hook.

  • A Prescription For Death

    To the Editor: The present gun control changes before Congress to prevent gun violence do not include assault weapons and other items vital to stop senseless gun violence. The reasons vary. I have spoken to a local person who is also opposed to any gun con...

  • Did You Hear This One?

    To the Editor: Parents, understand that in 1962 that the United States was “first” in the world in education results, while today we are only about 23, even after increasing spending per pupil over 650 percent. To understand why we’ve failed miserably, you might be interested in the downward slope of proficiency due to our “progressive” teaching evolution pushed by the NEA.

  • The Only Thing We Have To Fear

    To the Editor: The Only Thing We Have To Fear Is ... Everything! In a word, Sinkholes! More about that later.... In the 1986 sci-fi thriller, The Fly, a scientist begins to turn into a fly. As he implores one of the characters, “Don’t be afraid,” a reporter covering the experiment responds, “No. Be afraid...be very afraid!”