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Letters to the Editor

  • A Step Forward

    To the Editor: I’d like to thank all those in our community who supported Saturday’s Sandy Hook School referendum. The high turnout and landslide victory were a remarkable show of community support for SHS and all Newtown district students and families, both current and future.

  • Meeting The Challenge Of Gun Violence

    To the Editor: I am responding to Kevin Dennis’ letter to the editor, “Gun Control Advocates Exploit Sandy Hook,” in the October 4th edition of The Bee. Mr Dennis’ premise is that there are individuals who, previous to the shooting at Sandy Hook, had some kind of agenda (he doesn’t say what that agenda might be), which they were able to advance by “capitalizing on the travesty of Sandy Hook.” If Mr. Dennis were to talk with many of those now involved in advocating for saner, common sense gun laws, he would find that his argument is flawed.

  • A Second Look At GMOs’ ‘Safety’

    To the Editor: Sara Velardi claims that genetically modified foods, (GMOs) are safe in her letter published in the September 27 issue of The Bee. The foods themselves may or may not be safe. There are concerns regarding GMOs’ unintended harm to other organisms, i.e. monarch caterpillars, and there are still many unknown effects on human health. But above and beyond those issues, GMOs have been developed specifically to produce plants that are immune to insecticides and weed-killers.

  • Support Sandy Hook’s Businesses

    To the Editor: The third annual Passport to Sandy Hook will be held on Saturday, October 12, from 11 am to 4 pm. The event is sponsored by SHOP – Sandy Hook Owners for Prosperity.

  • Thanks From NH&L

    To the Editor: On Sunday, September 29, 2013 the Newtown Hook and Ladder Co. #1 hosted the Fourth Annual Firehouse Ride. This ride was created in an effort to raise funds for the new construction of a much needed firehouse. We would like thank all the sponsors, riders, donors, neighboring fire companies, and friends who gathered together to support this cause.

  • A Rough Ride

    (The following letter to First Selectman Pat Llodra has been received for publication.) Dear First Selectman: I enjoy riding my bike in and around Newtown; riding a bike is an excellent physical exercise, allowing yourself to breathe fresh air and let you mind wander. The problem is that Newtown is not a heaven for cyclists. I live on Key Rock Road. When I exit my driveway, I may turn right and head for Hattertown/Poverty Hollow roads or turn left towards Route 302. The decision is not easy as I feel I am caught between a rock and a hard place. Let me explain.

  • Newtown’s Deplorable Roads

    To the Editor: We pay at least $8,000 in taxes every year to this town, as I'm sure many others do. We are not getting our money's worth. Some of the roads in this town are deplorable. I go to tag sales every week-end and at least three paved roads are disgusting. Platt's Hill Road looks like it hasn't been done in the 45 years I've lived here. Parts of Brushy Hill Road and all of Shut Road are terrible.

  • Preparing For Traumatic Aftershocks

    To the Editor: I appreciated The Bee article on how the town is listing available mental health services on the website. As with any community, too many Newtowners suffer from psychiatric problems. Some of these individuals do not recognize the signs of their illness, try to ignore them or turn to self-medication with drugs and alcohol. Others know they are troubled, but do not know where to turn or are concerned about the stigma attached. The 12/14 tragedy greatly exacerbated the town's mental health needs. In addition to common depression and anxiety issues, healthcare providers are challenged with patients with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

  • Disaster Averted

    To The Editor: On September 30th I decided to take my two year old grandson to Dickinson Park, as it was an exceptionally beautiful day. Little did I know a potential tragedy was about to unfold. I am writing this letter as a cautionary tale for those of you who assume that all town facilities are maintained at the highest level of safety.

  • Making The Town Whole Again

    To The Editor: We are writing to urge all Newtown residents to vote “Yes” on the October 5th referendum. By accepting this generous grant from the state, we will be able to bring our children home to Sandy Hook and provide for the future children of Sandy Hook. This money is a gift from the state and will not impact our local taxes.