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  • A Need For Patient, Considerate Leadership At The Library

    To the Editor: A former C.H. Booth employee, longtime Booth patron and current practicing librarian, I was delighted to witness so many people turn out to discuss the library’s future at the August 24th focus group meeting. During the 90-minute session, many of the 30-plus people present spoke passionately about the library’s importance to our community and the need for patient, considerate leadership. Patron comments made it apparent that new director Shawn Fields has invited widespread criticism by reportedly making and proposing hasty, ill-advised changes to library personnel and facilities. Numerous people in attendance repeatedly urged Mr. Fields to slow down and listen attentively to library staff and the Newtown community before implementing further changes.

  • Rubbing Salt In Raw Wounds

    To the Editor: Thought I could maybe help out Lou Carpenter [“The Holster On My Hip,” Letter Hive, 8/23/13] and others confused about why many of us in Newtown/Sandy Hook might get very upset seeing them open-carry their weapons around town. I realize that some of these people might have their heart in the right place and truly may not understand.

  • Was This Mary Hawley’s Vision?

    To the Editor: For the 20-plus years that I have lived in Newtown, I have always considered the C. H. Booth Library “the happiest place in town.” A special place to get away from the tedium of every day life and meet kind, considerate people always ready with a smile and helpful hand. Even after the bleakest day in our town's history, the Booth Library provided friendly respite from the realities of the outside world.

  • Creating Hope

    To the Editor: At Hearts of Hope, our mission is simple: creating and distributing beautiful handmade clay hearts with messages of hope to people in need. Since its inception in 2005, more than 38,000 keepsake hearts have been made and delivered to individuals nationwide. This includes patients facing cancer and other life-limiting illnesses, men and women serving in the military, and communities who have experienced unspeakable tragedy.

  • Reckless Disregard For Traffic Safety

    To the Editor: As a long-time resident of Newtown, there are many topics on which I could opine, but the one most on my mind now is traffic safety as students from K to 12 return to school. I am reminded, almost daily, of the reckless disregard for drivers using not only our state roads like Routes 25, 302, and 34, but local roads such as the road I live on, Juniper Road, and Elm Drive.

  • Many Rose To The Reading Challenge

    To the Editor: The Teen Summer Reading Challenge for grades 6–12 at C.H. Booth Library has just ended, and it was a great success. Over 70 young people participated, reading 327 books, for a total of 93,562 pages!

  • An Abrupt Departure

    To the Editor: I would like the Newtown community to know why, after 15 years, I am no longer to be found at the reference desk of the C.H. Booth Library. On Friday, August 3, as I was preparing to head out on vacation, the director informed me that my job as reference librarian was eliminated as of August 10. As part of the restructuring of the physical space and staffing, I was offered an alternate position which I declined.

  • The Holster On My Hip

    To the Editor: There is one other town between my home and Newtown. Through the years, I’ve spent a lot of time in the Newtown/Sandy Hook community, through friendships, work, shopping, dining, and socializing. I too, have personal connections to victims of the senseless tragedy that a madman committed that day. My prayers, condolences, and best wishes have been, and continue to be offered to those that are suffering from that unthinkable act of evil and violence. I am also a gun owner. A legal, licensed, law-abiding, responsible gun owner.

  • Where Do You Stand On Tyranny?

    To the Editor: I find it very interesting that our imperial president has taken it upon himself to again shred the Constitution and upgrade his executive powers. There is no question that the infamous Affordable Care Act aka, Obamacare is a questionable law. Yes; it was ruled constitutional by the Supreme Court; but it was ruled a tax – and there lies another question for another time.

  • Library Board Needs To Reconsider

    To the Editor: We have lived in Newtown since 1968, raised two children here, and I taught 33 years in our school system. The Cyrenius Booth Library has been a constant source of learning, fine reading, pleasure and friendship. Now that my husband and I are retired, the library seems like an extension of our home.