Writer Speculates 'Does Rebekah Like Newtown?'
To the Editor:
Many people have come to Newtown for its people, events, and character. Nestled between the urban cities of Danbury, Bridgeport, and Waterbury, it is perfectly centered for access to shopping, entertainment, and employment. The warm and open people of Newtown are known for hosting some of the most celebrated and attended events in the area, including Halloween on Main Street and the renowned Labor Day Parade. Newtown’s charming rural character is the perfect setting for families, education, and the fine art of a life well lived.
However, the very essence of our community is under attack by some who look to represent and lead us. Rebekah is among them.
Does Rebekah like Newtown? She has targeted, for transformation, three of our cherished institutions, promising irreversible changes to our community that will make us more like a troubled city than the town we love.
Police: The security of our community is paramount to keeping an environment where we are free to live and experience the best things Newtown has to offer. The Newtown Police, in partnership with community members, have long worked to a keep the safety of our community.
However, Rebekah supports the recent acts of the assembly which strip our officers of the protections they need to do their job. We have seen how this policy has resulted in anarchy, destruction, and rising crime rates in cities across the country. With reckless arrogance, she asserts that supporting the police is “avoiding the conversation on race.”
Community: The rural character of Newtown has been a perfect setting for families to raise their children and take part in the many events natural to our community.
However, Rebekah supports bills in the assembly that would end local zoning and transform Newtown into the urban sprawl found in the suburbs of New York City. The loss of our rural character would be permanent and dramatic. She believes it is the price Newtown should pay for its purported systemic racism.
Education: A fine educational system has drawn new residents to Newtown over the years. A strong focus on integrated curriculum, diverse offerings and an excellent teaching staff has produced students who have gone on to attend the best universities in the country.
However, Rebekah, as a member of the Board of Education, instead of nurturing the educational system she has been entrusted with, is looking to diminish it. She has pledged to change our schools history curriculum as a solution to America’s inherit racism. History does not change, only one’s perspective changes to achieve political ends. Our students’ quality of education should not be sacrificed at the altar of Rebekah’s virtue signaling.
Rebekah wants to change Newtown because Rebekah does not like Newtown. The Democrat controlled assembly which looks to change Connecticut will find support from a would-be Representative Harriman-Stites. The loving and prosperous people of Newtown should not be a party to detrimental change to the community we plan to leave our children and grandchildren by choosing Rebekah.
Taunton Hill Road, Newtown October 13, 2020