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Letters to the Editor

  • Continuing The Discussion

    To the Editor: Upon waking the morning after the election, I was glad that the campaign for the Board of Education was behind me, but that is only because I know that working to secure the best opportunities for Newtown’s students is ahead.

  • It Is Unclear What The Voters Want

    To the Editor: I would like to congratulate everyone elected to serve Newtown, and I applaud District Two voters for electing Democratic candidate Lisa Romano to attempt to restore some balance on the Legislative Council. Lisa was the only candidate elected above and beyond the minimum party representation. The majority of the seats on the ballot were uncontested and the minority party representation rules ensure that a few Democrats will win a seat on the various boards no matter what. I hope that in the future, the voters in other districts will look beyond the party line and elect some new faces.

  • Does Solar Make Sense For You?

    To the Editor: There has never been a better time to invest in solar. Solarize Newtown is a state and town-sponsored program that makes solar more affordable for Newtown homeowners by aggregating installations in our community with a pre-selected installer, who is discounting solar in exchange for our community’s outreach and education efforts.

  • Letters of Endorsement

    Letters endorsing candidates in the 2013 Newtown local elections.

  • Protecting Local Educational Data

    To the Editor: I want to thank The Newtown Bee for hosting the BOE candidates’ forum providing townspeople with the opportunity to hear their thoughts and positions on education matters. I was, however, disappointed that – in your newspaper’s write-up of the event – you neglected to provide the candidate’s responses to the last question of the evening having to do with data storage and the dissemination of confidential student test results. As I remember, each candidate considered the question thoughtfully and, I believe, came down on the side of protecting a student’s privacy.

  • Funding On Foot

    To the Editor: I’d like to extend my thanks to my fellow Sandy Hook Sole Sisters – Avon Walk for Breast Cancer – NYC team and everyone who helped us! Last week, 18 of your friends and neighbors joined another 50 women from Rye, NY. Together, we laced up our sneakers and donned high-tech “anti-blister” socks and spent two days walking to help fund breast cancer research, awareness and support. Many of you furthered our efforts by helping with or attending fundraising events or donating to our personal or team funds to raise the required $1,800 per participant. In total, the NYC event raised over $6 million!

  • Why Should You Vote For Me?

    To the Editor: On November 5th, the residents of Newtown will be casting their ballot for the municipal election. As a candidate for town clerk, I have the experience and certification needed to perform the duties and responsibilities of this very important position.

  • Where There’s Smoke… There’s Good Samaritans

    To the Editor: On Wednesday, October 23, 2013, at about 9 am, I was working on some town matters in my den when I heard the Hook and Ladder sirens, a few seconds later I smelled smoke and thought, “that fire must be pretty close.” I walked out the side door and I noticed a Park and Rec truck parked across the street at the Newtown Inn. He was motioning to me and pointing towards the front of my house. I went around the corner and there was another green shirted Park and Rec worker beating down flames with a blanket/coat – still not sure what. Seems the electrician hadn’t installed our Main Street floodlights as low heat, and accumulated leaves had ignited, the next thing our front bushes were in flames.

  • Election Day Fireworks?

    To the Editor: A little chuckle as we approach Election Day November 5, 2013. It was 408 years ago that a gentleman who was dissatisfied with the current government of England was working to make a change. He was captured as he guarded gunpowder that had been packed in the undercroft to the House of Lords, part of Parliament in London, preparing to blow up the House of Lords.

  • Enforcing Handicapped Parking Compliance

    To the Editor: The response of the Police Commission and the Newtown Police Department to the increase in excessive vehicle speeds in the borough has been clear, and is appreciated. There have been noticeable efforts to reduce the speed of cars and trucks as they travel roads in the high population density areas of Newtown. The noticeable “Speed of Travel” displays, traffic counters, and police presence, all have, and will, go a long way in reducing the excessive speeds that have become all too common place in the borough, and throughout Newtown. Hopefully, there will be an ongoing police presence of some degree. This is a fine example of an appropriate response to an issue that affects the safety of Newtown residents. A Tip of the Hat to the Police Commission and to the Police Department!