Letters to the Editor

  • Another Successful Mitten Tree

    To the Editor: Recently the 13th annual “Mitten Tree” concluded... and just in the nick of time! The hundreds of hats, mittens, and scarves collected in the Newtown Police Department lobby over the last month all went to the Newtown Social Services Department. It was perfect timing with the recent frigid temperatures that literally fell upon us! We received our usual "special delivery" package that starts off our tree every year from Judy La Branche down in sunny Florida! We received many homemade as well as store brought items.

  • Tea And Catastrophe At The Library

    To The Editor: On Saturday, January 4, the library was hosting a tea in the Genealogy Room to celebrate the return of Downton Abbey when a catastrophe worthy of inclusion in that series befell us. A section of the sprinkler system burst, sending torrents of water through the ceilings of the Director’s Office, Technical Services, Circulation and the Children’s Department. In keeping with British tradition, the staff kept calm and carried on, ushering our tea attendees in all their costumed finery into the frigid outdoors. We secured the building until Newtown Hook & Ladder arrived, very swiftly, to take control. As always they responded for Newtown.

  • Demand A Referendum On School Location

    To the Editor: I cannot express enough my indignity, surprise, and alarm at the intention, however noble, of our horn owls to place the location of the new Sandy Hook school at the same location as the one torn down. No doubt, the idea comes from the Freedom Tower replacing the World Trade Towers. Even this edifice stands at a different location. The place of so much suffering both here and in Manhattan cannot be ignored or bypassed. Only a Garden of Remembrance in whose center stands a fountain in remembrance of all the tears shed by all of us can serve as a proper selection for this place. There simply was too much innocent blood shed.

  • Security Precautions At The High School

    To the Editor: The Newtown High School has installed new protocols regarding students and visitors entering the building. Although some of these new procedures might be unnecessarily over cautious (drop boxes in vestibule for items to be delivered to students and adults surrendering car keys to security), hopefully these new steps will deter someone with bad intentions from committing violence in the school. The one area that does not seem to be addressed in these new protocols is what the students themselves are bringing into the school.

  • Where Shooting Is a Family Sport

    To the Editor: Dr Adrienne Bentman of the state’s Sandy Hook Advisory Commission complains that State’s Attorney Sedensky’s final report released November 25 “is like someone threw up the pieces of a puzzle and then said here’s a few pieces of the sky and a few pieces of the grass.” One of the pieces left on the floor is the identity of the shooting range referenced in the report’s only paragraph that touches on the shooter’s shooting history prior to 12/14:

  • A Successful Christmas Tree Fundraiser

    To the Editor: On behalf of the Officers and members of the Sandy Hook Volunteer Fire and Rescue Company, I would like to thank everyone who helped make this year's Christmas Tree Sale fundraiser a success. The support shown to the Fire Company by the Community is appreciated by us all.

  • Savings Bank Helps Feed The Need

    To the Editor: I wanted to express my sincere thanks to Tanya Truax at Newtown Savings Bank for taking the time to meet with me in July and listen to my request for help. I asked her if Newtown Savings Bank could help Feeding the Need purchase a new freezer so that we could continue preparing food donated by the Connecticut Food Bank for the homeless. The Feeding the Need program at Newtown High School is a collaboration between the Connecticut Food Bank and the Newtown High School Culinary Department. The Connecticut Food Bank delivers perishable and non-perishable food to the High School and the advanced culinary students turn that food into meals for those in need. Feeding the Need has been preparing frozen meals for the homeless in Waterbury, Danbury, and Bridgeport for the past year. With the increased amount of food being processed, Feeding the Need required more freezer space.

  • Successful Campaign For Salvation Army

    To the Editor: It is with a great deal of gratitude that the Newtown Service Unit of the Salvation Army wishes to thank all the former and new volunteers who rang the kettle bells these past two weekends. You wonderful people came out in cold, windy and snowy weather and did your ringing and greeting as in the past and in good humor. Through all your efforts, Newtown will receive 90% of $8,179 to assist the residents of our town through the food pantry, gasoline, doctors/dentists, bills, etc. What a blessing this is for all of us!

  • Showing Us How To Cheer

    To the Editor: The following poem was submitted as a Letter to The Editor by its author, Michael Ratcliffe. His sister-in-law, Kim Baker, is an assistant coach for the D15 cheerleading team, one of two Newtown Youth Football & Cheer teams that recently competed in the AYC National Cheer Championships in Kissimee, Fla. Mr Ratcliffe’s niece, Grace Baker, is a member of the team. Our family is so proud of Grace’s and her teammates’ achievements. I’ve thought about submitting this to various journals, but it just seemed more appropriate (at least in my mind) to send it to a paper serving the Newtown area.

  • How Many Have Helped You Balance On A Fence?

    To the Editor: Dag Hammarskjold, the late UN Secretary General, offered the world a great number of wise sayings, one of which caught my eye on a pastor’s desk in Raleigh, NC. It read “For all that has been, Thanks! For all that will be, Yes!” It is now “New Year 2014” and a turning point in our lives. It’s time to say “Thanks!” for the past and “Yes!" to the future. Alex Haley, author of the wonderful book Roots, found himself becoming a bit proud of his many accomplishments A close friend sent Alex a picture of a turtle on a fence. Of course, everyone knows that a turtle cannot climb a fence. Ergo, the obvious question: “How did it get there?” Of course, someone else helped put him there.