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  • Preparing For Traumatic Aftershocks

    To the Editor: I appreciated The Bee article on how the town is listing available mental health services on the website. As with any community, too many Newtowners suffer from psychiatric problems. Some of these individuals do not recognize the signs of their illness, try to ignore them or turn to self-medication with drugs and alcohol. Others know they are troubled, but do not know where to turn or are concerned about the stigma attached. The 12/14 tragedy greatly exacerbated the town's mental health needs. In addition to common depression and anxiety issues, healthcare providers are challenged with patients with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

  • Disaster Averted

    To The Editor: On September 30th I decided to take my two year old grandson to Dickinson Park, as it was an exceptionally beautiful day. Little did I know a potential tragedy was about to unfold. I am writing this letter as a cautionary tale for those of you who assume that all town facilities are maintained at the highest level of safety.

  • The Best Option For Sandy Hook School

    To the Editor: I would like to encourage all Newtown residents cast a ballot for the Sandy Hook School appropriation referendum being held this Saturday at the Newtown Middle School. For those who cannot vote Saturday, absentee ballots are available at the town clerk’s office.

  • Moving To A Red State

    To the Editor: Was the bankruptcy of Detroit the proverbial canary in the coal mine? The city was swept away by a slow motion tsunami of pension fund debt. Main Street suffered greatly, but the politicians that spent the city into ruins will emerge unscathed. This is occurring at three levels of government; federal, state, and local. Your bar bill for the feds drunken sailor profligate spending binge is $136,260 per household. Including unfunded liabilities we are a staggering $90 trillion in the red. In three decades we morphed from the world’s richest nation to the most indebted. That’s our pathetic legacy to our children.

  • Giving Seniors A Voice

    To the Editor: The newly formed Newtown League of Senior Voters is scheduled to meet with town officials at 7 pm on October 15th at the high school in order to bring greater awareness and discussion related to the property valuations and sharp increase in real estate taxes imposed on the senior condo owners. These 400 families will ask the town to provide an equitable tax reduction as do other neighboring towns like Redding, Easton, Trumbull etc.

  • A School Of Their Own

    To the Editor: Back in April and May when I was serving on the Sandy Hook School Task Force, the number one message I got from the public was that Sandy Hook School students need to get back their own school in Sandy Hook as soon as possible.

  • Give Sandy Hook Students A Fresh Start

    To the Editor: I would just like to voice my support for the building of a new school for the Sandy Hook students. Thanks to the State of Connecticut, which is paying for all the work; it will have no impact on our local taxes. In the long run it will save us money because we will not have to update an aging facility.

  • Don’t Forget To Vote

    To the Editor: Please take a few minutes this Saturday to cast your vote regarding the building of a new Sandy Hook School. In our busy lives it is easy to miss, especially on a Saturday, but this referendum is critical for so many people and for many reasons.

  • Finding The Right Words

    To the Editor: Sitting at a desk and starring at a keyboard with an intense desire to write a letter of support for the SHS vote this Saturday is the easy part. Finding the right words to express how important you believe it is to vote Yes and attempting to appropriately encourage others to do the same is difficult.

  • Deciding Not To Vote

    To the Editor: The vote on the upcoming referendum has weighed very heavily on me as it has, I’m sure, on others. I understand our elected officials have united in their support of accepting state money to build a new school and tear done the current Sandy Hook School. My dilemma is that I know Newtown would not spend our own money to do this. I also know that the State of Connecticut is not in a fiscal position to fund $50 million.