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  • Search And Rescue Or Invasion Of Privacy?

    To the Editor:

    I am very glad that the 73-year-old man who went missing Monday morning was found.  I am, however, concerned about the conduct of the search crews.

  • The Limited Shelf Life Of Hartford’s Political Fidelity

    When the legislature passed a law last year that shielded from public view the crime scene photos from the 12/14 shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School, lawmakers were standing in line to express their solidarity with the people of Newtown. They wanted to stand with us in our grief and our resolve to resist sensationalist exploitation of the horrific tragedy that shook this town and shocked the world. Now we are seeing signs that political fidelity in Hartford has a limited shelf life.

  • State Senate Leader Opposes Privacy Bill As Affront To FOI

    Senate President Pro Tem Donald E. Williams Jr. testifying against a bill that he says would erode the Freedom of Information Act.

    In testimony delivered in quick succession Monday to two legislative committees, Senate President Pro Tem Donald E. Williams Jr., D-Brooklyn, strongly condemned post-Newtown legislation that would restrict public access to 9-1-1 recordings, police photographs and names of witnesses in drug or violent crimes.

  • Privacy Vs. The Right To Know

    The days of reckoning following December 14, 2012, led nearly everyone to the same conclusion: We can do better than this. No matter what the issue — gun violence, mental health, school security — there was an overwhelming sense that perhaps something had been overlooked that could have secured for that infamous date the blessedly obscure status of just another Friday.

  • Protecting Local Educational Data

    To the Editor:

    I want to thank The Newtown Bee for hosting the BOE candidates’ forum providing townspeople with the opportunity to hear their thoughts and positions on education matters.

  • Hartford Comes Through

    In an impressive display of conscience and consensus, Connecticut’s Legislature passed legislation on the final day of its session Wednesday that will put photographs and other media that lay bare the graphic and gruesome details of the 12/14 massacre at Sandy Hook School beyond the reach of those employing the state’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) to secure their release. With only four dissenters in both chambers, the state Senate and House voted to exempt these materials not only in the Sandy Hook case, but for all homicides in the state.

  • Newtown Families To Legislators: Stop Release Of Crime Scene Photos

    The families of those massacred at Sandy Hook Elementary School are calling on legislators to amend state law so that photos and audio of the 911 phone calls from the December incident are not released to the public.

    “They are offensive and an invasion of my son’s right to dignity,” said Dean Pinto, whose 6-year-old son, Jack, was fatally shot along with 25 other students and educators at the Newtown school.

  • Newtown Legislators All Back Privacy Restrictions On Vital Records

    On Wednesday, February 20, Newtown’s delegation of legislators Representatives Mitch Bolinsky, DebraLee Hovey, and Dan Carter joined members of the local town clerk’s staff supporting a bill to better protect the privacy of Sandy Hook families and others following the death of a child.

    A release regarding the local delegation’s support was issued after several hours of testimony before the legislature’s Public Health Committee