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Letters to the Editor

  • Honored To Serve

    To the Editor: I am writing to thank all of the voters of Newtown who voted for me last week. It will be a pleasure to serve all of you for the next two years. I believe we are at a critical time in our community where we have the ability to work closely together across party lines to be the leaders in our state and across the country by creating a model of fiscal responsibility, social communication and transparency.

  • Involvement Is Important

    To the Editor: I am writing to thank the voters of District 2 for their support in the election last week. I am grateful you have voted to have me represent you as one of the four people on the Legislative Council for your district. We have a particularly challenging two years ahead of us. Rising taxes, and decreasing revenue from the state and other sources are the biggest issues. How we deal with them will help shape the future of Newtown. Supporting our children and families as they continue to recover from last years shooting at Sandy Hook School must remain in the front of our minds. Finding a way to support our largest growing demographic, our seniors, must be addressed.

  • Newtown’s Best Interest

    To the Editor: I would like to say thank you to all the voters in Newtown that came to the polls to vote, especially the voters in District 3 for reelecting me to serve as your representative.

  • Meeting The Needs Of District 3

    To the Editor: I would like to thank the voters in District 3 for allowing me the privilege of representing their interests on the Legislative Council.

  • Thanks To The Voters

    To the Editor: I would like to say thank you to all of the voters who came out to the polls on Election Day, November 5th. I am especially honored to be elected to the Planning & Zoning Commission as an alternate and look forward to working with all of the commission members.

  • Library Board Needs To Come Out In The Open

    To the Editor: I am writing this letter to let the C.H. Booth Board of Trustees know that we are still watching and to encourage others in town to continue to do just that. Since September 16th, we've heard little or nothing about the plans of the board to create a search committee and hopefully to use an inclusive search process to find a new library director. I believe that to regain the trust of the community, the board will need to break their habit of secrecy and be more forthcoming with information. I recommend that updates be regularly posted in The Newtown Bee and on the Booth webpage and that minutes be more accurate and detailed.

  • Appreciative And Hopeful

    To the Editor: I’m writing to say thank you to the voters of District 1 for allowing me to continue my role as your Democratic Legislative Council representative. I truly appreciate the opportunity. To those who didn’t vote for me, I promise do my best to earn your respect and see if maybe next time around I can earn your vote too.

  • Where I Am From

    To the Editor: While traveling, we went to dinner with a group of colleagues from around the world. As we all started to share our stories I was asked where I grew up, and a sudden sinking feeling came over me as I knew as I answered what would follow and how the energy of the conversation would change. And sure enough I was greeted with the “Wow, what happened there was just tragic, you must really have been impacted by it.”

  • 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.

  • No Relief For Newtown’s Struggling Seniors

    To the Editor: At the senior coalition October meeting with the town officials, it was clear they do not have the slightest interest in their seniors – a group who comprises 33 percent of the community. The formula used to calculate taxes on senior condominiums is a sham. They have come up with a formula that in no way justifies the results! The current value of the senior condo should be used to result in a fair tax. Previous valuations should have nothing to do with the current tax calculation. No consideration has been given to the fact that the senior condo communities pay for all of their own services such as road maintenance and snow removal but do not even own the condo property.