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  • Heartened By This Year’s Budget And Budget Process

    To the Editor: As I reflect upon my first time through the budget process as a member of the Legislative Council, I cannot help but be impressed by the level of cooperation displayed by the boards of selectmen, education, and finance as well as my fellow c...

  • Support Education By Supporting The Budget

    To the Editor, I am writing to encourage all eligible voters in Newtown and Sandy Hook to vote Yes in the upcoming budget referendum on Tuesday, April 22.  Providing a quality school system is the key to our town’s economic viability and the abi...

  • Caring For ‘The Rock of Angels’

    To the Editor: I write this after having just viewed a television piece on the furor caused by the disposal of items left at a cemetery in another Connecticut town.  From the outset of the arrival of “The Rock” [mem...

  • An Opportunity To Demonstrate Support For The Schools

    To the Editor: The PTAs/PTSA of all seven Newtown schools have voted unanimously to support the budget adopted by the Legislative Council. We believe this proposed budget, while not moving our school district forward in any substantive way, is a frugal, practical, and fair budget.

  • The Holiest Week of the Year for Christians and Jews

    To the Editor: On Sunday past, called the “Sunday of the Palms,” Christians throughout the world held up palm branches while proclaiming ‘Hosanna Filio David!’ (save, we pray Son of David!) This event that some of the Gospel writers interpreted as Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem as the long – awaited king – Messiah of Israel. Such acclaim would quickly give way to a passionate outcry for his death – a sentence that would surely follow, but not until a memorable evening, on the first night of Passover, would be celebrated. Christians term said evening as Maundy (Mandate) or Holy Thursday and the event named differently, either as The Lord’s Supper, the Divine Mysteries, the Mass or Holy Eucharist.

  • School Board Should Reconsider Retirement Package

    To the Editor: The Newtown public schools are facing an unprecedented certified staff reduction this year. I understand that the district is facing declining enrollment and that these “RIF notices” are necessary, but I would expect the Newtown Board of Education to make this situation as painless as possible for our teachers. A few months ago a retirement incentive package was presented as some other local communities are doing. I have perused the minutes from the past several BOE meetings, but could not find any mention of when the retirement package was discussed publicly.

  • A United Council In Support Of The Budget

    To the Editor: On April 2nd, the Legislative Council unanimously approved the budget put forth for our consideration by the Board of Finance. This budget represents a zero tax increase while taking into account the need for a solid school security plan, proper coverage of our health insurance funds, money to repair our roads as well as a reduction in staffing in our schools in response to declining enrollment.

  • School Officials And Board Support The Budget

    To the Editor: The Board of Education, along with Interim Superintendent Dr John Reed and incoming Superintendent Dr Joseph Erardi, respectfully requests that you join with us in supporting the 2014-2015 budget by voting YES on Tuesday, April 22nd, at Newtown Middle School between the hours of 6 am and 8 pm.

  • What People Don’t Know About Common Core Is Cause For Concern

    To the Editor: I am a believer in high standards in education for my children and for schools. Over a year ago, my husband and I learned about something called Common Core State Standards (CCSS). It wasn't widely known about, but the more I started researching it, the more concerned my husband and I were.

  • To Prevent Violence, Start At Home

    To the Editor: I would like to take a moment and thank Po Murray, that’s not easy for me to say given her stance on many issues being well on the other side of my own personal beliefs! I would like to thank her for providing the list of those state senators and house representatives who must be defeated in their next election cycle!