Home

Letters to the Editor

  • Significant Change Requires Significant Thought

    To the Editor: As a 30-year Newtown resident with experience as a librarian and a business communication and marketing consultant, I am responding to the Bee's article about the library focus group. It's true that change is inevitable for every organization, and staff and customers/clients often have difficulty with these changes. However, significant change should only occur when those making the final decisions weigh the ramifications of their actions.

  • A Dangerous Bus Maneuver

    To the Editor: I noticed in the published public school bus routes for the new school year, that they now note some stops with the word U-Turn. This is scary. My three daughters are in the Newtown school district and get on buses that do a three point U turn at Webster Place and Shut Road.

  • Who Do You Think You Are?

    To the Editor: There is nothing more exciting and rewarding than doing your family genealogy. While the TV program traces the stories of famous personalities, our family histories are just as interesting and important to know. The Genealogy Club in Newtown has meetings on the second Wednesday of the month at 7 pm at the C.H. Booth Library at 25 Main Street. I invite you to come and hear interesting speakers who can offer clues to getting your started or helping you with your ongoing research.

  • Many Made Yoga Festival A Success

    To the Editor: Newtown's first yoga festival was the success it was due to a group of dedicated and compassionate folks who truly understand the value of connecting as a community. On behalf of Sandy Hook Promise, I wish to deeply thank everyone who came out to support this lovely event.

  • Just Because You Can, Doesn’t Mean You Should

    To The Editor:  I just finished reading the letter written by Mr Carpenter [“The Holster on my Hip,” Letter Hive, 8/23/13] and found it disturbing. Mr Carpenter states that he is a licensed and responsible gun owner and legally he has ever...

  • Should Supreme Court Justices Be Elected?

    To the Editor: The Supreme Court is the only branch of government that is not an elected body. Should it be? Should justice be political – ideological? Are court appointments disenfranchising voters? Would elections affect the quality of the court and the decisions rendered? Does political posturing of the Court affect decisions made? Should the Court have an odd or even number of members?

  • Overdue Recognition

    To the Editor: In last week’s issue, The Bee took note of the short ceremony conducted August 15 to honor the keepers of our iconic flagpole, but failed to mention the extent of their decades of quiet and faithful service to our town. It is truly remarkable. Huge credit is due to retired Newtown Police Lt. David Lydem, our town’s flagkeeper, a volunteer position in which he has served since 1983 – 30 years of service. (But actually, Lt. Lydem originally began duties raising and lowering the flag when he joined the police force in 1967.)

  • Concerned By Library Director’s Behavior

    To The Editor: Concerned about the happenings at Booth Library since Director Shawn Fields took over on July 1st, I attended the library focus group session on August 24th. Unfortunately, I came away with additional concerns. I am deeply concerned about the work environment of the staff. I am perplexed and disappointed about losing Andrea Zimmermann from that staff. And I certainly don't think making big changes when brand-spanking new to a job shows much wisdom.

  • Jim Crow Comes To Newtown

    To the Editor: Remember “Jim Crow?”  It was a term used to describe post Civil War laws and ordinances that enabled racial discrimination and segregation, in flagrant violation of the Constitution.  Well Jim Crow has found a new home ...

  • A Need For Patient, Considerate Leadership At The Library

    To the Editor: A former C.H. Booth employee, longtime Booth patron and current practicing librarian, I was delighted to witness so many people turn out to discuss the library’s future at the August 24th focus group meeting. During the 90-minute session, many of the 30-plus people present spoke passionately about the library’s importance to our community and the need for patient, considerate leadership. Patron comments made it apparent that new director Shawn Fields has invited widespread criticism by reportedly making and proposing hasty, ill-advised changes to library personnel and facilities. Numerous people in attendance repeatedly urged Mr. Fields to slow down and listen attentively to library staff and the Newtown community before implementing further changes.