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  • Shopping In Sandy Hook

    To the Editor: I’m looking forward to the 3rd annual Passport to Sandy Hook. It will be great to spend the day there listening to music, lots of great places to eat and shopping. I plan on adding to my bling collection from Sabrina’s Style and when my passport is completely stamped enter it into the raffle!

  • Bring Home Sandy Hook School

    To the Editor: On Saturday, October 5th, our town will hold a referendum to accept funding to rebuild Sandy Hook School. As we look to bring home our Sandy Hook School community, it is critical to have a school building that will allow them to stay together. It is important that we all play a role in this process as it affects the entire community.

  • Not A Normal Referendum

    To the Editor: I am writing to urge all the residents of Newtown to vote and please vote Yes on October 5th. This is not a normal referendum, there are no second chances. Voting “no” will not save you any money on your tax bill. It is already allocated; it’ll just be spent somewhere else. The reality is, the largest elementary school in our town is no longer suitable for use.

  • Say ‘Thank You’

    To the Editor: The State of Connecticut is giving us a gift – the gift of a new school. What were you taught to do when you receive a gift? You were taught to say, “Thank you.” We can all say “Thank you” by voting “Yes” on October 5.

  • A Second Chance To Get It Right

    To the Editor: When non-profit public-service oriented institutions such as school systems or churches have to find new leaders, it differs from a corporate situation because in addition to maintaining efficiency and financial solvency, the new leader must be able to provide inspirational leadership to both the staff and the community being served by that staff.

  • Passport To Sandy Hook

    To the Editor: Last week I sent an email to friends inviting them to SHOP's Passport to Sandy Hook event. After a few people commented on it, I decided to share that email with all of you – inviting you to an event that truly celebrates our incredible community. A year ago when I sent an email inviting friends to Passport to Sandy Hook, our community was in a different place.

  • Sandy Hook, A Special Place

    To the Editor: Please join me on Saturday, October 12 from 11 am to 4 pm in Sandy Hook Center for the Passport event. Visit all our local businesses and sign up to win one of the fantastic prize packages. Sandy Hook Center has never looked better! The continuation of the new sidewalks and lighting onto Washington Avenue, and the new flower boxes all add to the small town Connecticut feel that makes it such a special place.

  • Genetically Modified Foods Are Safe

    To the Editor: This past June the state of Connecticut passed a genetically modified organism (GMO) labeling bill that would require all food manufacturers to label any food that contained genetically modified or engineered ingredients. Proponents of the bill, led by the grassroots organization GMO Free CT, claim that GM foods are harmful to our health and the environment. However there is currently no scientific evidence that GM foods are dangerous to one’s health. In fact evidence shows that GM foods benefit our health and decrease environmental impacts by improving the nutritional content of food and allowing farmers to use less land and pesticides to grow more crops.

  • Try Thinking With A More Open Mind

    To the Editor: After the shootings on Dec. 14, 2013 happened, our town was left in a state of shock. Too shocked, in my opinion, because it has led people to question, and attempt to ratify, the 2nd Amendment, the glorious document that allows us to keep and bear arms. Our first amendment allows us to speak (and among other things) freely. Unfortunately, some people have felt too afraid to speak in such a manner.

  • The Positive Economics Of Solar Energy

    To the Editor: Four years ago when the Clean Energy Fund in Connecticut offered an attractive lease program, my wife and I made a decision that we enjoy every day. We installed a 7-kilowatt solar electric system on our home that supplies about half of our power, for no money down under a long-term lease. Now every month, $85 is deducted from our bank account for power that would otherwise have cost us $125 if it didn’t come from our roof but rather from CL&P. As utility prices go up, we’ll save even more. If you come to Reed Middle School on Tuesday evening at 7 pm, you’ll hear how the program has gotten even better. You may have read that the cost of solar panels has dropped tremendously as the market in the United States has exploded. Now community leaders in Newtown have worked with the state to drive the system price down even further for Newtown residents.