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  • Instrumental To Success

    To the Editor: I was negligent in not mentioning Gino Faiella in the interview on the Technical Advisory Committee. [“Task Force Tech Team Reveals Details of School Site Selection,” Letter Hive, 6/21/13.] Gino is the Director of Facilities and was instrumental in the success of the Technical Advisory Committee. His knowledge of the schools and all their systems enabled the team to design and budget the prototype school in an incredibly tight time frame.

  • Long May They Wave

    To the Editor: On behalf of SHOP (Sandy Hook Organization for Prosperity) I would like to thank Bill Halstead and Sandy Hook Volunteer Fire & Rescue company for offering to purchase and install new American Flag kits for Sandy Hook center.

  • Queen Street Has Important Friends

    To the Editor: The Police Commission, who approved five speed bumps on Queen Street, and Pat Llodra, who authorized their installation, have done a huge disservice to Newtown. It has negatively changed the character of the Borough and Newtown forever. The number of bumps is a clear indication that the primary objective was to divert auto, truck and bus traffic off Queen Street, not speed.

  • Another Successful Rabies Vaccine Clinic

    To the Editor: On June 15th the town clerk's office sponsored its 28th Annual Low Cost Rabies Clinic. A very special thank you to Dr. Rakesh Vali, DVM and his Assistant Mary Thompson of Mt. Pleasant Animal Hospital for donating their time that morning to vaccinate over 60 pets in under two hours. They are always so gentle and patient with the animals.

  • The Squeaky Wheel Gets The Bump

    Queen Street now has speed bumps in place. The amount of money and resources put into the Queen Street bumps in the road is indicative of the ultimate in the “squeaky wheel syndrome”! You know, the one that gets the grease. The money spent on studies, police crackdowns, more traffic studies, legislative time (which is money), only serves a portion of the town. Why should my tax dollars be spent to answer the prevailing winds of but a fraction of the town and borough, and not have the safety of the roads of the entire borough and town analyzed? This questionable traffic flow resolution is now inhaling steroids and must be tested for abuse. More bumps in the road? Really? Are we creating a Baja off-road test track? Why has there been no town referendum on this expenditure? In this time of fiscal concerns and budget defeats, it seems odd to spend more dollars on additional bumps in the road, when the issue seems to have been resolved by the existing bumps? Have the bumps failed?

  • Newtown Youth Needed in Oklahoma

    To the Editor: Ben’s Lighthouse, the organization that hosted the recent Lighthouse Festival, is committed to community service as part of its three-pronged approach to supporting the youth of Newtown in the recovery from the tragic events of December. By helping others, our children strengthen their own resolve to move forward.

  • To Our Unthinking Hedonist Elected Leaders

    (The following letter has been emailed to Barack Obama, Dick Blumenthal, Elizabeth Esty, John Boehner, Chris Murphy, Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi.) Currently, you folks in congress are negotiating an immigration bill. Choreographed by the President, you’ve decided this is of utmost importance. The 11 million people in this country illegally got here mostly because you and your predecessors have refused to secure our border. Most of you claim illegal aliens need to be identified and placed on a path to citizenship….gotta happen now, can’t wait.

  • The Geniuses Do It Again

    To the Editor: Citizens beware; the geniuses in Hartford have done it again. What you ask? Raised the taxes on gas effective July 1st. The real kicker here is that when the tax was voted on by our “elected geniuses,” it was voted on for one reason and one reason only: repair of bridges and roads. Guess what? Again we get shafted; the new tax is going into the general fund!

  • Thanks To Janet Robinson

    (The following letter to departing Superintendent of Schools Janet Robinson has been received for publication.) Dear Janet Robinson, I just wanted to thank you for your time and work here in Newtown. Even though our budget hasn’t kept up with inflation and our student spending has decreased, you, your staff, and our teachers have managed to maintain or increase test scores. During your tenure in Newtown, we went from 128th in student spending to 150th out of 165 townships. Obviously, the politics of this town is against those who support our schools.

  • Reaching Out To All

    To the Editor: On 12/16 at the Newtown memorial service, in the presence of the families of our loving children/teachers/administrators, with President Obama, Gov Malloy and our very own beloved selectwoman, Patricia Llodra, our local clergy men and women ascended the stage arm in arm, to offer prayers and reflections on behalf of the gallant “first responders” to the 12/14 tragedy …and for multiple services within the Newtown community. My prayer addressed the caregivers, counselors and clergy of the area.