Letters to the Editor

  • 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?

  • 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.

  • Amending The Constitution

    To the Editor: Quick shout out to Oscar Berendsohn, your request to change the wording of the constitution is called an amendment. Amending the Constitution has been done many times, it starts with a proposal and subsequent two-thirds majority vote in both the House and Senate making it a joint resolution. The joint resolution then goes to the states for consideration. A proposed amendment becomes part of the Constitution as soon as it is ratified by three-quarters of the states.

  • Heartfelt Thanks To Newtown School Staff

    To the Editor: This has been an extremely difficult year for everyone in town, especially our children. It's hard to put into words my appreciation for the staff at our schools. You performed your jobs under the most stressful conditions while providing daily comfort and reassurance to your students. Thank you for helping us navigate through an unprecedented situation, with unbelievable dedication, courage, and love for our children.

  • Another Successful Wine Tasting

    To the Editor: On behalf of the Sandy Hook Organization for Prosperity, I would like to thank everyone who helped with and attended our second annual wine tasting fundraiser. The proceeds from this successful fundraiser will benefit the FAITH food pantry, SHOP's annual scholarship for a Sandy Hook business student, and will be used to bring all the great events that go on in Sandy Hook Center to the community free of charge.

  • A Record Rooster Run

    To the Editor: Thanks to the Newtown community for coming out on Saturday June 15th in support of the Newtown Parks and Recreation’s 39th annual Rooster Run/Walk 5K. We had 464 finishers, a Rooster Run record! It was the closest finish ever with Kevin Hoyt and Zack Shwartz finishing in 15:09. What a great way to kick off the summer season here in town.

  • Lighthouse Festival Casts Its Light On Newtown

    To the Editor: We can’t begin to express our thanks to the thousands of you in the Newtown Community who brought your own inner light to our Lighthouse Festival on Saturday. If you didn’t bring it with you, it appears you found a bit of light while there: the smiles and joy on children and adults alike were omnipresent.

  • A True Public Servant

    To the Editor: Upon the occasion of her retirement, we want to add to the many well wishes and thanks to Janet Woycik for her service to the town of Newtown for over the past 30 years.