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  • Help Light Up The Season (Safely)

    To the Editor: Soon the town festivities will begin with the lighting of the town Christmas trees and luminaria to excite and inspire us for the upcoming holiday season. What began 29 years ago in the Ram Pasture with a few hundred people is now numbering into several thousands and the logistics of getting to the site often requires creative planning for parking, walking and crossing busy roads as people hurry both to the event or home from work in their vehicles.

  • A Generous Response

    To the Editor: I would like to thank the generous residents of Newtown for coming out this past Saturday the 23rd of November for the 13th Annual Fill the Fire Truck Food Drive. Firefighters from all five companies came out and stood in front of Big Y and Stop & Shop to collect goods.

  • What Has NSSF Done To Support The Newtown Community?

    To the Editor: The AP this week reported about National Shooting Sports Foundation and Steve Sanetti's consideration of leaving Newtown. One must have sympathy for NSSF's employees. It must be uncomfortable being part of an organization whose major focus is promoting civilian assault weapons (AKA Modern Sporting Rifles) after such a weapon was used in last December's horrendous massacre in their own town. That they expressed feeling “nothing to be ashamed of or embarrassed about” calls to mind Upton Sinclair's statement “It's hard to get a man to understand something when his salary depends on his not understanding it”.

  • An Eternal Thanksgiving

    To the Editor: If you could say something to those courageous teachers and to those 20 innocent children who were tragically killed on last December 14, what might that be?

  • Force Feeding Students And Teachers?

    To the Editor: With good conscience I need to speak out to the caring public regarding a serious government intrusion into the local public schools. The reason for this is that politics and academic theory often mix poorly with good teaching practices in the classroom.

  • Best Year Yet For The Pumpkin Challenge

    To the Editor: Newtown, you are amazing. The Great Pumpkin Challenge had its best year yet. You carved 172 jack-o-lanterns and we raised $4,610 for the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, Paul Newman’s summer camp for children battling illness.

  • JFK Redux: What We Now Know For Sure

    To the Editor: “If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it.” – Joseph Goebbels Fifty years after the assassination of John F. Kennedy, the airways recently have been inundated with documentaries and “tributes” to the president slain “that day in Dallas.” Several government investigations, and more than 2,000 books over the last five decades, have examined what has been referred to as ”The Crime of the Century.” What I have suspected for over 35 years has finally been confirmed: There will be no impartial presentations by any of the major outlets regarding the “Lone Nut” vs. “Conspiracy” debate; the Emmy goes to … “Oswald Did It By Himself.”

  • Spend The Holidays Helping Others

    To the Editor: The holidays are my favorite time, and every year they are especially gratifying because of the Holiday Basket Program put on by the Newtown Fund. I want to reassure everyone in our community that any contributions to the Newtown Fund are always spent directly in Newtown and that there are no administrative costs to run the fund except for postage and letterhead. Our wonderful board is made up of volunteers who are available for emergency requests from social services 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We provide funds to help when people fall through the cracks. We pay for medical insurance when someone is incapacitated and can’t get any more help from other sources or when a young person needs extensive dental work and no insurance is available. We have a fuel assistance fund. Social Services is responsible for screening all candidates.

  • Ring A Bell For The Salvation Army

    To the Editor: Once again, the Salvation Army needs your help in bell ringing. Let's make it a banner year and show what it means to be nicer and Newtown. Almost all of the funds raised remain in Newtown which enables our Social Services department in helping our citizens.

  • Healthcare Frustration

    To The Editor: I am one of the many unfortunate people over 60 who have had their healthcare cancelled due to the Affordable Care Act. My current policy, with Anthem Blue Cross, Blue Shield has been cancelled effective 1/1/14. My current policy costs me $1,389.42 per month to cover my wife and myself and has a deductible of $5,000.