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.
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.
To the Editor: The building committee just told seven residents that they are not a “good fit” for Newtown when they recommended Consigli Construction and not Turner Construction Company to rebuild the Sandy Hook School. There are seven Turner employees living in town with their children in the schools and more in Monroe and Trumbull. My children attended Sandy Hook School until we moved across town in February 2012. To say that we are insulted is putting mildly.
To the Editor, A tornado of outrage has swirled through this town in the wake of the ill-conceived firing of Andrea Zimmerman, one of Newtown’s most highly regarded research librarians. Andrea, to many of us, is a rather special jewel and a great asset to our library as well as to our entire town. It is disgraceful that the current library board has stood meekly by while an overzealous, newly hired director created havoc in this bereaved community.
At the very least, every effort should be made to win Andrea Zimmerman back to her position which should include a substantial pay raise and a job description worthy of her abundant talent.
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.
To the Editor: On behalf of the Board of Directors, and the numerous users of the property of Cullens Youth Association Inc., I would like to express our extreme gratitude to the many volunteers from Webster Bank, N.A. and United Way of Western Connecticut. Approximately eight-five volunteers arrived at the Cullens site on September 7 and they wasted no time getting down to business. The Webster Bank team had worked closely with United Way and the Cullens organization to carefully orchestrate a very productive day for Cullens.
To the Editor: I was a trustee of the Albany, NY public library system in the 1990s and want to share with the Booth Library Trustees a few things that helped our Board search for and find a new director when our incumbent departed suddenly. Conduct a nationwide search. Involve staff in the hiring process. Invite key members of the community to meet the finalists in a social setting.
To the Editor: This new senior coalition of condo and home owners met Tuesday evening at the Senior Center in Sandy Hook in order to discuss their sharp increases in real estate taxes. There were over one hundred and fifty seniors listening and participating in an active discussion which focused on the new valuations and assessments which grouped senior condo owners with owners of waterfront and mc mansions. But there was an additional group of home owners who attended expressing the same concerns. This new coalition of seniors plan to attend the public meetings held by the legislative council and the committee on finance in order to become better informed but also to voice their opinions on issues and future expenditures.
To the Editor: A pretty wonderful thing happened on September 7th here in Newtown. It was one of those events that builds slowly and quietly and ends up being totally memorable. Not everyone in town knows about Cullens Youth Association, but maybe time. Cullens is a not for profit organization that owns 20 pristine acres in the heart of Newtown. It contains a small and lovely pond, a big grassy field, woods that hold secret campsites and a big blue lodge for meetings. The mission? To give the youth of Newtown a place to learn about nature, cooperation, leadership and kindness. Any organized youth group in Newtown can use Cullens for meetings and campouts free of charge.
To the Editor:
The meadows near Dickinson Park along Barb’s Trail are in full late summer bloom right now, as flowering joe-pye weed, goldenrod, and ironweed grace the landscape. Thanks again to Parks and Recreation staff for delaying the mowing of these meadows until such time as any nesting birds would have fledged their young. Also, allowing the native plants to mature supports bird populations as well as beneficial insect populations including important pollinators such as butterflies, bees, and moths. Unfortunately, meadows are a fast disappearing habitat in Connecticut as they have frequently been converted to lawns or allowed to revert to forested tracts. It is for this reason that the Newtown Conservation Commission is sponsoring a Meadows Initiative, aiming to preserve meadow habitats throughout town.