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  • Vast Majority Of Motorcyclists Are Responsible

    To the Editor: As a responsible motorcyclist, I am writing about the incident that occurred in New York City on Sunday, September 29, involving an SUV driver and some motorcyclists. I am troubled by the serious injuries caused by the SUV driver and by the actions of some motorcyclists who apparently decided to take the law into their own hands

  • America Needs A Real Leader

    To the Editor: It’s time for another installment of “Name That Shameless Politician.” Who said: “Increasing America’s debt weakens us domestically and internationally. Leadership means that ‘the buck stops here.’ Instead, Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren. America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better. I therefore intend to oppose the effort to increase America’s debt limit”?

  • Real Heroes

    To the Editor: Some people may say that the term “hero” is being used today too much and in too many different types of situations. I am here to tell you that this is certainly not the case with the residents of Newtown, CT.

  • Give Them Anonymity, Not Notoriety

    To the Editor: Like so many of us, I have spent a lot of time thinking about how we can to help prevent events like what happened in our town on 12/14. The more I think about it, the more I’ve come to believe that these people who perpetrate these acts really want to be known. They want their names and faces splashed about our TV screens, so that, finally, even in death, they will be noticed.

  • A Second Look At GMOs’ ‘Safety’

    To the Editor: Sara Velardi claims that genetically modified foods, (GMOs) are safe in her letter published in the September 27 issue of The Bee. The foods themselves may or may not be safe. There are concerns regarding GMOs’ unintended harm to other organisms, i.e. monarch caterpillars, and there are still many unknown effects on human health. But above and beyond those issues, GMOs have been developed specifically to produce plants that are immune to insecticides and weed-killers.

  • Newtown’s Deplorable Roads

    To the Editor: We pay at least $8,000 in taxes every year to this town, as I'm sure many others do. We are not getting our money's worth. Some of the roads in this town are deplorable. I go to tag sales every week-end and at least three paved roads are disgusting. Platt's Hill Road looks like it hasn't been done in the 45 years I've lived here. Parts of Brushy Hill Road and all of Shut Road are terrible.

  • Support Sandy Hook’s Businesses

    To the Editor: The third annual Passport to Sandy Hook will be held on Saturday, October 12, from 11 am to 4 pm. The event is sponsored by SHOP – Sandy Hook Owners for Prosperity.

  • Thanks From NH&L

    To the Editor: On Sunday, September 29, 2013 the Newtown Hook and Ladder Co. #1 hosted the Fourth Annual Firehouse Ride. This ride was created in an effort to raise funds for the new construction of a much needed firehouse. We would like thank all the sponsors, riders, donors, neighboring fire companies, and friends who gathered together to support this cause.

  • A Rough Ride

    (The following letter to First Selectman Pat Llodra has been received for publication.) Dear First Selectman: I enjoy riding my bike in and around Newtown; riding a bike is an excellent physical exercise, allowing yourself to breathe fresh air and let you mind wander. The problem is that Newtown is not a heaven for cyclists. I live on Key Rock Road. When I exit my driveway, I may turn right and head for Hattertown/Poverty Hollow roads or turn left towards Route 302. The decision is not easy as I feel I am caught between a rock and a hard place. Let me explain.

  • Preparing For Traumatic Aftershocks

    To the Editor: I appreciated The Bee article on how the town is listing available mental health services on the website. As with any community, too many Newtowners suffer from psychiatric problems. Some of these individuals do not recognize the signs of their illness, try to ignore them or turn to self-medication with drugs and alcohol. Others know they are troubled, but do not know where to turn or are concerned about the stigma attached. The 12/14 tragedy greatly exacerbated the town's mental health needs. In addition to common depression and anxiety issues, healthcare providers are challenged with patients with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).