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  • Newtown Needs A Cultural Arts Center

    To the Editor: For 10 years now it has been in the Fairfield Hills Master Plan to build a Cultural Arts Center. Unfortunately, because of budgetary concerns, the town never felt like it had the opportunity to put forward a proposal to make this happen. Now perhaps things are different. There are many of us who believe that right now is the time to finally make having a Cultural Arts Center at Fairfield Hills a reality. And I believe we seriously need to consider what the town and various well-meaning groups, foundations, corporations and major sports teams are spending money on. Let's step back and take a moment to prioritize what would be best for this town, what would do the most good for the people of our community.

  • Grateful For Kindness And Support

    To the Editor: The Sandy Hook School PTA would like to take this opportunity to thank some of the many people who have helped support our school community during these most challenging months since December 14th.

  • Town Meeting: Might As Well Have Locked The Door

    To the Editor: With regard to tonight’s town meeting scheduled for 7 pm. I arrived at the Municipal Center at 7:03 pm. The registrars were giving out voting cards upon proof of identity. I would judge that there were somewhere in the range of 40 people in orderly lines, and it took until about 7:10 for me to get my ticket. There were still a dozen or so behind me. The entrance to the council chambers was blocked so I went to the exit side to see if I could see what was going on. Imagine my shock when I was greeted by exiting town officials who announced that the meeting was over and that both measures had passed.

  • The Cost Of Doing Business

    To the Editors: Look at President Obama’s vast economic deception. From his pronouncements that Obamacare will save money, with no mention that the total cost will be more than twice the $900 billion claimed, to our new improved Gross National Product numbers. When the facts do not support his claims, he changes the measuring stick.

  • A Huge Waste Of Taxpayer Money

    To the Editor: Queen Street + Speed Bumps = huge waste of taxpayer money. The town should take the same approach to Queen Street that they have taken for the road that we live on, which hasn’t cost the town a penny. The speed limit on our road is 15 mph and no one breaks it. Here’s the trick — our road hasn’t been resurfaced in 30 years. Its full of cracks and potholes, the curbs are falling apart. It is impossible to go over 15 mph without ruining your car’s suspension.

  • An Outpouring Of Support

    To the Editor: The wonderful outpouring of support for the 38th annual book sale to benefit the C.H. Booth Library has insured once again that the Friends of the C.H. Booth Library can fulfill its mission of generously funding the acquisitions, programs, and enhancements in library service we residents of Newtown so enjoy and expect. The large cadre of devoted and indefatigable book sale volunteers deserve our deep thanks for sustaining this perennially successful town event.

  • A Huge Waste Of Taxpayer Money

    The town should take the same approach to Queen St that they have taken for the road that we live on, which hasn’t cost the town a penny. The speed limit on our road is 15mph and no one breaks it. Here’s the trick - our road hasn’t been resurfaced in 30 years. Its full of cracks and potholes, the curbs are falling apart. It is impossible to go over 15 mph without ruining your car’s suspension.

  • Losing A Sense Of Transparency

    Dear All, I have noticed, and recently mentioned, the FHA’s growing lack of lack of transparency. The “minutes” of a July 9th meeting of our subcommittee, for example, as delivered and posted, were effectively blank. They mention that the meeting began at 8:30 am, that there was “discussion,” and that, at 9:30 am, those present voted “unanimously,” to adjourn. It was not the fault of the minute-taker. She was doing her job. It is the authority’s new penchant for secrecy — coupled with a reluctance to ask questions or to look at documents closely and to keep accurate records — that accounts, I think, for our “failure” to carry out our mandate and our eagerness to rush into projects that may be briefly profitable to their proposers but will, from beginning to end, cost Newtown taxpayers enormous sums, ruin the campus, and leave our successors with more to clean up and remediate, more expensively and less safely, than what we have now.

  • E-Z Pass For Queen Street?

    To the Editor: Perhaps eliminating the humps and converting lower Queen Street into a toll road would reduce traffic sufficiently to satisfy residents, who naturally would have scanable resident ID cards, as has been suggested by a previous writer. For the rest of us E-Z Pass toll collection readers and video cameras would allow passage.

  • Queen’s Street’s Big Picture Needs A Regional View

    To the Editor: Editorial Ink Drops July 19, 2013, indicated that over a year ago you encouraged a “comprehensive strategy to address traffic problems in the center of town.” You mention that among past recommendations, including those in the 2006 “Queen Street Area Traffic Improvement Plan,” speed tables were suggested. You also allude to the fact that a lack of money has prevented “as with all grand plans” anything from moving forward. All agree that a larger project is needed to solve the problems. May I suggest that you take that broader view that you suggest. Make some positive specific recommendations.