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  • Put Public Safety Above Politics

    To the Editor: For what it’s worth, I’ve tried to influence the national discussion on reducing gun violence by contacting every Senator with the following message: Although I am not a constituent of yours, I am writing to you hoping that you will place public safety above the politics of one side or the other in the national debate about reducing gun violence. I, myself, would not be able to live with the guilt of knowing that I haven’t contributed all that I could to find a solution. You see, I am a resident of Sandy Hook, CT, and like everyone else in my town, I have been profoundly affected by the shootings.

  • Providing Shelter From The Storm

    To the Editor: On behalf of the Women’s Center, I extend my heartfelt gratitude to all who supported our 11th Annual “Shelter from the Storm” benefit at the Amber Room Colonnade on March 8th and made it the most successful fundraising year yet! The critically needed funds support our Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Resource Services programs, which are provided free of charge and confidentially.

  • Shoulda Coulda Woulda

    To the Editor: You shoulda embraced autism. You coulda fostered that innocence and purity. You woulda been warmed by it and at peace. You shoulda contacted some organizations, they coulda taught you, and maybe he woulda been a contributing citizen.

  • School Nurses Against Gun Violence

    To the Editor, We the School Nurses of Newtown, AFSCME Local 1303-215, want meaningful federal gun reforms. We applaud Gov. Malloy and legislative leaders for their bipartisan effort to make Connecticut safer and healthier. Now it’s time for national action. We support our Second Amendment and an individual's right to own a gun but believe there need to be rational, common sense regulations and limitations to the law.

  • Donation Day Bolsters The Book Sale

    To the Editor: The Friends of C.H. Booth Library held its annual Spring Donation Day event on Sunday, April 7. It was a pleasure to spend the gorgeous spring day greeting the stream of generous towns' people bringing boxes, bags, and trunk loads of books, CDs, DVDs, books on CD, records, and puzzles for donation.

  • A West Virginia Concert Supports NYFS

    To the Editor: Newtown Youth and Family Services (NYFS) would like to thank members of a West Virginia band, Rain Crow, for organizing a musical fundraiser for the organization. The fundraiser held in Capon Bridge West Virginia in January raised over $4,700 for NYFS. The event included musical acts from several genres, an auction, dancing and refreshments.

  • Controlling Guns Will Not Control Human Behavior

    To the Editor: Thank you to Mr Boritz for his letter in the April 5th edition of The Bee [Letter Hive, “Questioning Beliefs”]. Boritz’s letter is one of the clearest statements of the two sides of the gun issue that I have read to date. On the one hand you have the Second Amendment defenders. These folks believe in their constitutionally granted rights to bear arms to protect themselves. They recognize that gun ownership is not for everyone, but feel it’s right for them. They therefore want to be left alone to exercise their rights to protect themselves as they see fit.

  • Don’t Support Criminals In The Name Of The Second Amendment

    To the Editor: I'm from Louisiana. Less than two hours southwest of Duck Dynasty territory, to be exact, in a little town called Many. I grew up with guns. My dad had guns, my mother had a gun, my brother had a gun. I ate every kind of animal you can name. So here's my take on gun safety. Hate to tell ya'll this, but anyone who does not support universal background checks supports criminals. And anyone who does support straw sales and loopholes, well, you support criminals as well.

  • Doing The Right Thing

    To the Editor: On March 26, I submitted a letter to the editor titled “The Right Thing to Do.” On March 30, the police officers received a memo from First Selectman Llodra dated March 25, 2012 as an attachment in an e-mail from Chief Kehoe. In the memo, Mrs. Llodra apologizes for not formally communicating her appreciation to the members of the Newtown Police Department sooner. She assumed they knew that she supports the department and expressed her appreciation for their role in the community.

  • Don’t Tar All Elected Officials With The Same Brush

    To the Editor: I was greatly relieved to read the headline “Mr Duffy’s Extremist and Reactionary View” over Randi Allen Kiely’s excellent letter of March 27 concerning a previous letter printed by The Bee with the headline “Elected Officials Are Fundamentally Dishonest”(Letter Hive, 1/11/13). I spent a long time writing my own response to the original letter, because the headline was so provocative, and so insulting to officials who work hard to attain office, only to be subjected to such inflammatory words. I was taught never to use generalizations, and to tar all elected officials with the same brush is an outrage.