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  • Changing Positions

    To the Editor:

    Hopefully, the [Team 26] bicyclists will accomplish what is so desperately needed.

    Failing this, we have to find a way to make  every member of Congress reveal, along with their vote, the money they have received from the NRA.

    If we can accomplish this, I have to believe many, if not all of them, who voted against controls will find a way to rationalize changing  their position.

    Richard Cole

  • Penance and Guns

    To the Editor:

    On January 25 my seven-year-old daughter made her first penance with her second grade classmates at St. Rose of Lima Church. I couldn't help but think, looking out at the scores of families assembled, that there were children who were not in attendance because of the December 2012 rampage at Sandy Hook School. Children who died that awful day should have been with us, sitting in the St. Rose pews, making funny faces at each other and listening to Father Bob's amusing recollections of his childhood.

  • ‘Blame Game’ Is An Irrelevant Distraction In Gun Debates

    To the Editor:

    Recently, a friend sent a Facebook link from the Washington Examiner entitled: “Obama Should Blame Tea Party, Not NRA, For Gun Control Defeat.” He asked for my opinion.  I thought about it for a while before I responded because I wanted to be precise.  I was grateful for both the article, and for the solicitation of my feelings. My own thoughts became more clarified as I wrote the following (slightly edited) response:

  • NRA: Conn. Gun-Control Proposal ‘Completely Inadequate’

    WASHINGTON – The National Rifle Association tapped a Newtown parent who lost a son in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings to help it unveil a proposal Tuesday that recommended putting armed personnel in the nation's schools.

    At a press conference Tuesday, Mark Mattioli, whose son James died in the Sandy Hook massacre, supported the NRA's initiative, made public the week before the U.S. Senate begins a gun-control debate.

  • Questioning Beliefs

    To the Editor:

  • Time To Hang Up On Political Robocalls

    Despite the sincere and sustained attempts by the people of Newtown to have serious discussions about the many issues that have come eddying into the public realm from the deeply personal grief and shock of the December 14 massacre at Sandy Hook School, the continuing conversation has been intermittently interrupted by those more interested in provocation than progress toward understanding and consensus.

  • Protestors On Both Sides Of The Argument

    A crowd of protesters both supporting their Second Amendment rights and the National Rifle Association, and a large faction pushing for stronger gun legislation in the wake of 12/14, gathered at the intersection of Wasserman Way and Queen Street late Thursday afternoon. More than 100 protesters — many with handmade signs or carrying flags — crowded the curb after 4:30 pm as drivers in rush hour traffic beeped in support. The crowd Thursday was the largest seen to date.

  • 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!”

  • Pressure Builds As Leaders Work On Gun Control

    The National Rifle Association and three makers of AR-15 rifles filled the Legislative Office Building with gun owners and firearms workers Monday, a show of force intended to blunt the reach of gun-control legislation now being negotiated by the General Assembly's leadership.

    The Democratic and Republican leaders of the House and Senate adjourned without a deal at 5 p.m. after a third day of negotiations. A spokesman for House Speaker J. Brendan Sharkey, D-Hamden, said they had “another productive day and will meet again tomorrow.”

  • What We Don’t Know About Guns

    Notwithstanding persistent calls for a cool-headed, information-driven debate on gun violence, this week there was plenty of evidence of emotion-driven action on the issue of guns. Marchers were back on this streets this week, raising the heat this time in Hartford. And the public galleries at the President’s State of the Union Address at the US Capitol were occupied by several Newtowners, including the first selectman, first responders, educators, and a fourth grader and her mother.