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  • Watering Down The Shooting Range Ordinance

    To the Editor: The Ordinance Committee is wrapping up a series of meetings on an updated firearms ordinance with extensive input from the public. Those who want little or no restrictions on target shooting have been well represented, as have been residents wanting greater restrictions in the interest of safety and quality of life for their neighborhoods. As the committee nears the end of this process, the outline of the final changes are becoming clear. While provisions that will help lessen some negative effects of target shooting on neighbors are likely (banning exploding targets, limiting shooting to four hours during daylight hours and requiring advance notification of police about shooting sessions), other proposals have been watered down or rejected...

  • Our Society Is The Root Cause Of Learning Disabilities And Mental Illness

    To the Editor: My name is Kinley Nagle. I am a certified special education teacher with dyslexia. My ground-breaking work is about the unexplored potential in our children, ourselves and society. When I recognized that my students’ emotional needs were interfering with their learning I provided them with the necessary emotional support, tools and teaching strategies to thrive, resulting in a 90 percent success rate in my resource and self-contained classrooms.

  • Give What We Can

    To the Editor: In the wake of 12/14, the Town of Newtown was the beneficiary of overwhelming generosity from all over the world. The City of Moore, Oklahoma is now suffering terribly. Let us all contribute whatever we can .

  • We Can’t All Have What We Want

    To the Editor: It’s time that our officials take a good look why the budgets don't pass. Yes, you can lower the budget amounts, but they are forgetting one thing: the mill rate has to be lowered also. Our seniors and others can't afford this mill rate. Open your eyes town officials. We all can't have what we want even in a normal house in this town. We have to say no.

  • Beautifying The Meeting House

    To the Editor: The Board of Trustees of the Heritage Preservation Trust of Newtown, Inc.—which administers the Newtown Meeting House—wishes to publicly thank the Horticulture Club of Newtown for its continued support in beautifying the Meeting House grounds.

  • Literary Stars In Alignment

    To the Editor: Getting so many of the rock stars of the children’s book world together in one place couldn’t have been easy—but the stars were certainly in alignment for Newtown last weekend. It was truly a thrill for me and dozens of other adults and children to attend “Turning the Page: New Stories for Newtown” at the Middle School and meet these very talented (and very friendly) authors and illustrators in person.

  • Target Shooting Needs To Be About Safety

    To the Editor: Thank you for your investigation Mr. Barzetti. [“An Improbably Shot On Split Rock Road,” Letter Hive, 5/15/13] I want to re-state what happened on that day in January. A person, who was working on the roof of our neighbors’ home, was hit with a stray bullet from a nearby shooting range. Luckily, he was not injured. The police report is currently accurate in stating a person (not a ball as originally stated in the report) was hit with the bullet. Honest mistake by the policeman, I would hope. A police report is only adjusted through a specific interview process by the police department to validate what was reported. The report was adjusted, it is fact. I also want to make something clear. I do not think a bullet hitting a ball in anyone’s yard where children could be playing is acceptable in any way, I hope you agree.

  • The Dogs Did It Again!

    To the Editor: Strutt Your Mutt! 2013 was an overwhelming success! We sent home over 200 tired dogs, most of them smiling from ear to ear. In attendance were several well-known names: Romeo and Juliett, MegaTron, Zeus, Snooky and even Miss Daisy. The event this year was focused on Community Health and Healing. Our 2K walk around the grounds of Fairfield Hills, was led by Therapy Dogs Intl from Canine Training Behavior Services. At the top of the hill along the upper meadow we paused to take in a priceless view of Newtown, and to blow soap bubbles and send good thoughts aloft.

  • How Can Newtown Let The ‘Healing’ Stop?

    To the Editor: I don't need 500 words to express the following sentiment – or to ask the following question(s): For the past four months, the entire nation – and much of the world – has focused energy” and donated a great deal of money for the expressed purpose of “healing Newtown.” In a pinch, the space housing "HealingNewtown Through The Arts" was created, and has been devoted to the cause of “healing” ever since...and with great success. I wrote a letter in March with this in mind. The space has become, not only a central location for healing, but also a “mecca” for a community, wallowing in pain following a staggering tragedy! And, yet I read in the paper, that the space has been leased to a retail business – a move which has been in the process for a long time.

  • No More Regulation For Target Shooting Ranges

    To the Editor: Since our town’s incorporation in 1711, there has never been an incident of a person getting shot from a neighbor target shooting, a testament to the safety conscious gun owners of our community. The Legislative Council adopted section 226 on August 7, 1991, the ordinance regulating the discharge of a firearm within a 500 foot radius of any dwelling. Considering target shooting is practiced by shooting into a pile of dirt at a distance of about 20 feet for pistols and roughly 100 feet for rifles, the 500 foot rule is more than adequate. This sport is practiced by hundreds of citizens and is the bedrock of a New England tradition. But now we have afoot a coalition of antigun zealots that are determined to change our time honored right.