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  • Faith In This Country

    To the Editor: After my response to Mr Barzetti’s letter (“Financial Collapse is Near”, 3/22 Bee), the last emotion I thought I would feel is pity. But, after reading his latest missive (“Gun Confiscation Leads to Genocide”, 4/5 Bee), I do truly pity him. I won’t detail all that is not factual in the letter (and it is considerable), but I do think it is quite sad that anyone is so afraid to live in, his words, “this great country,” that he feels the need to arm himself for the purpose of defending himself against the, his words, “mobs and or a tyrannical oppressive government” about to descend upon us in that same country (how “great” is that?!)

  • Put Public Safety Above Politics

    To the Editor: For what it’s worth, I’ve tried to influence the national discussion on reducing gun violence by contacting every Senator with the following message: Although I am not a constituent of yours, I am writing to you hoping that you will place public safety above the politics of one side or the other in the national debate about reducing gun violence. I, myself, would not be able to live with the guilt of knowing that I haven’t contributed all that I could to find a solution. You see, I am a resident of Sandy Hook, CT, and like everyone else in my town, I have been profoundly affected by the shootings.

  • Providing Shelter From The Storm

    To the Editor: On behalf of the Women’s Center, I extend my heartfelt gratitude to all who supported our 11th Annual “Shelter from the Storm” benefit at the Amber Room Colonnade on March 8th and made it the most successful fundraising year yet! The critically needed funds support our Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Resource Services programs, which are provided free of charge and confidentially.

  • Donation Day Bolsters The Book Sale

    To the Editor: The Friends of C.H. Booth Library held its annual Spring Donation Day event on Sunday, April 7. It was a pleasure to spend the gorgeous spring day greeting the stream of generous towns' people bringing boxes, bags, and trunk loads of books, CDs, DVDs, books on CD, records, and puzzles for donation.

  • A West Virginia Concert Supports NYFS

    To the Editor: Newtown Youth and Family Services (NYFS) would like to thank members of a West Virginia band, Rain Crow, for organizing a musical fundraiser for the organization. The fundraiser held in Capon Bridge West Virginia in January raised over $4,700 for NYFS. The event included musical acts from several genres, an auction, dancing and refreshments.

  • Controlling Guns Will Not Control Human Behavior

    To the Editor: Thank you to Mr Boritz for his letter in the April 5th edition of The Bee [Letter Hive, “Questioning Beliefs”]. Boritz’s letter is one of the clearest statements of the two sides of the gun issue that I have read to date. On the one hand you have the Second Amendment defenders. These folks believe in their constitutionally granted rights to bear arms to protect themselves. They recognize that gun ownership is not for everyone, but feel it’s right for them. They therefore want to be left alone to exercise their rights to protect themselves as they see fit.

  • Shoulda Coulda Woulda

    To the Editor: You shoulda embraced autism. You coulda fostered that innocence and purity. You woulda been warmed by it and at peace. You shoulda contacted some organizations, they coulda taught you, and maybe he woulda been a contributing citizen.

  • School Nurses Against Gun Violence

    To the Editor, We the School Nurses of Newtown, AFSCME Local 1303-215, want meaningful federal gun reforms. We applaud Gov. Malloy and legislative leaders for their bipartisan effort to make Connecticut safer and healthier. Now it’s time for national action. We support our Second Amendment and an individual's right to own a gun but believe there need to be rational, common sense regulations and limitations to the law.

  • Don’t Support Criminals In The Name Of The Second Amendment

    To the Editor: I'm from Louisiana. Less than two hours southwest of Duck Dynasty territory, to be exact, in a little town called Many. I grew up with guns. My dad had guns, my mother had a gun, my brother had a gun. I ate every kind of animal you can name. So here's my take on gun safety. Hate to tell ya'll this, but anyone who does not support universal background checks supports criminals. And anyone who does support straw sales and loopholes, well, you support criminals as well.

  • Gun Confiscation Leads To Genocide

    Mr Loerzel suggested last week in his letter that I perhaps move to some other “civilized society” where there is no gun ownership and “considerable less gun violence.” Gun confiscation leads to genocide. Here are the historical facts. The following are “civilized” countries that confiscated guns from the populace and the resulting murders that followed: Turkey 1915-1917 1.5 million dead; Soviet Union 1929-1953 20 million dead; Nazi Germany 1933-1945 13 million dead; China 1949-1976 20 million dead; Guatemala 1960-1981 100,000 dead; Uganda 1971-1979 300,000 dead; Cambodia 1975-1979 3 million dead.