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  • The Hieroglyphics of the Second Amendment

    To the Editor The Second Amendment to our Constitution has had five Supreme Court reviews and decisions, all of them with a different interpretation. This is not surprising since they may as well have interpreted Egyptian hieroglyphics. The times and the context in which this amendment was passed bears not the slightest resemblance to our modern world. It was a world of constant violent conflicts, both external and internal, of totally different demographics, of different concepts of the laws and the rights of men, of a totally different social environment, of internal conflicts to the direction of our future government and the role of the federal government and a world in which the most destructive device was the cannon.

  • Newtown’s Failure

    To the Editor: Well done Newtown. With the eyes of a nation still interested, and somewhat curious about how the town moves forward. the message is clear: We don’t really care that much. For the second time this spring one out of three eligible voters managed to make it to the polls. Apparently the other 2/3rds of the voters are very busy and don’t have the time. Not my problem so to speak… Just like every other year… Status quo… Really?

  • How Can Newtown Let The ‘Healing’ Stop?

    To the Editor: I don't need 500 words to express the following sentiment – or to ask the following question(s): For the past four months, the entire nation – and much of the world – has focused energy” and donated a great deal of money for the expressed purpose of “healing Newtown.” In a pinch, the space housing "HealingNewtown Through The Arts" was created, and has been devoted to the cause of “healing” ever since...and with great success. I wrote a letter in March with this in mind. The space has become, not only a central location for healing, but also a “mecca” for a community, wallowing in pain following a staggering tragedy! And, yet I read in the paper, that the space has been leased to a retail business – a move which has been in the process for a long time.

  • No More Regulation For Target Shooting Ranges

    To the Editor: Since our town’s incorporation in 1711, there has never been an incident of a person getting shot from a neighbor target shooting, a testament to the safety conscious gun owners of our community. The Legislative Council adopted section 226 on August 7, 1991, the ordinance regulating the discharge of a firearm within a 500 foot radius of any dwelling. Considering target shooting is practiced by shooting into a pile of dirt at a distance of about 20 feet for pistols and roughly 100 feet for rifles, the 500 foot rule is more than adequate. This sport is practiced by hundreds of citizens and is the bedrock of a New England tradition. But now we have afoot a coalition of antigun zealots that are determined to change our time honored right.

  • Serious Tax Concerns For Seniors

    To the Editor: What is the message in this new pattern of budget rejections? There may be some plausible factors that are emerging that were not previously evident in the past. Every election result represents the thinking of those who voted. In this most recent defeat of the budget, there seems to be a segment of the population that is unwilling to support the sharp rise in the mill rate that will increase the real estate taxes of some seniors by 30 percent.

  • Biking Lake to Lake For Leaps Of Faith

    To the Editor: May is National Bike Month. Whether you're new to cycling, an experienced cyclist, a mountain biker or roadie, what better way to get active and celebrate the warmer weather by registering for our Lake to Lake Charity Bicycle Ride & Poker Run on May 26, 2013 at the Shepaug Dam Eagle Observatory and Recreation Area on River Road in Southbury? Bicycle riders have their choice of incredibly scenic 100k, 75k, 50K, and 25k routes and, since our organization specializes in adaptive sports programs, we also mapped out a 16k route for disabled cyclists.

  • Watering Down The Shooting Range Ordinance

    To the Editor: At its meeting last week, the [Legislative Council’s] Ordinance Committee reached four decisions about its draft in progress of a new ordinance to regulate residential target shooting. The committee decided: 1) To exclude from further consideration any permitting process to be administered by the police chief. The unanimous straw poll was taken immediately after Chief Kehoe replied No when asked by the chair if he supported inclusion of a permitting process in the new ordinance.

  • Children Find Connections At HealingNewtown

    To the Editor: I am the founder of Voices For Heroes. I have to tell everyone about my experience with HealingNewtown Art Space. Evan and I, at Voices For Heroes, have been trying to sell a tribute CD for Newtown to help fund HealingNewtown Art Space. While the sales are slow, there is nothing we can do, as we watch HealingNewtown lose their space. The thing is, I have been to the events at HN and saw the great reaction from the children. The music, the art, the visitors and the strength that comes from pulling together to make a difference brings the community together like nothing else can.

  • Al’s Trail Is Not Suitable For Bicycles

    To the Editor: The recent Bee article describing the Bike Friendly Newtown initiative suggested that some meeting participants feel that Al's Trail is a 12-mile trail suitable for bicycle use.

  • A Thankful Volunteer

    To the Editor: When I found out HealingNewtown [Arts Space] was seeking volunteers, I immediately contacted them. The first day I volunteered, I was amazed. The art work donated from all over the world fills your heart with warmth. The bronze statue that greets you from Colorado, the beautiful turtle statue which I believe was from Florida, in the back room, I saw 26 ceramic angel statues, beautiful handmade quilts, posters, and last but not least, hundreds and hundreds of letters.