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  • Serious Tax Concerns For Seniors

    To the Editor: What is the message in this new pattern of budget rejections? There may be some plausible factors that are emerging that were not previously evident in the past. Every election result represents the thinking of those who voted. In this most recent defeat of the budget, there seems to be a segment of the population that is unwilling to support the sharp rise in the mill rate that will increase the real estate taxes of some seniors by 30 percent.

  • Biking Lake to Lake For Leaps Of Faith

    To the Editor: May is National Bike Month. Whether you're new to cycling, an experienced cyclist, a mountain biker or roadie, what better way to get active and celebrate the warmer weather by registering for our Lake to Lake Charity Bicycle Ride & Poker Run on May 26, 2013 at the Shepaug Dam Eagle Observatory and Recreation Area on River Road in Southbury? Bicycle riders have their choice of incredibly scenic 100k, 75k, 50K, and 25k routes and, since our organization specializes in adaptive sports programs, we also mapped out a 16k route for disabled cyclists.

  • Watering Down The Shooting Range Ordinance

    To the Editor: At its meeting last week, the [Legislative Council’s] Ordinance Committee reached four decisions about its draft in progress of a new ordinance to regulate residential target shooting. The committee decided: 1) To exclude from further consideration any permitting process to be administered by the police chief. The unanimous straw poll was taken immediately after Chief Kehoe replied No when asked by the chair if he supported inclusion of a permitting process in the new ordinance.

  • Children Find Connections At HealingNewtown

    To the Editor: I am the founder of Voices For Heroes. I have to tell everyone about my experience with HealingNewtown Art Space. Evan and I, at Voices For Heroes, have been trying to sell a tribute CD for Newtown to help fund HealingNewtown Art Space. While the sales are slow, there is nothing we can do, as we watch HealingNewtown lose their space. The thing is, I have been to the events at HN and saw the great reaction from the children. The music, the art, the visitors and the strength that comes from pulling together to make a difference brings the community together like nothing else can.

  • A Thankful Volunteer

    To the Editor: When I found out HealingNewtown [Arts Space] was seeking volunteers, I immediately contacted them. The first day I volunteered, I was amazed. The art work donated from all over the world fills your heart with warmth. The bronze statue that greets you from Colorado, the beautiful turtle statue which I believe was from Florida, in the back room, I saw 26 ceramic angel statues, beautiful handmade quilts, posters, and last but not least, hundreds and hundreds of letters.

  • Keep The Band & Guard Tradition Going

    To the Editor: How do I adequately express my gratitude to the students, parents, and educators (both past and present) who have made the Newtown Nighthawks Band & Guard the outstanding success it is today? I begin by thanking the students who work so very hard to refine a show that begins as a rough sketch and ends as an illustration of musical talent and athletic precision. I thank the director, assistant director, drill instructor, and staff members who select the music, write the drill, and rehearse the Band & Guard. Their dedication is a labor of love.

  • Who Has Rep. Esty’s Ear?

    To the Editor: Citizens be aware that our congresswoman, Elizabeth Etsy, has taken contributions from the energy and environmental sources to the tune of $26,000. (May 9th issue of Fairfield County Weekly, page 4.) The Hartford Courant has noted (in the same article) that she gave back $3,500 to Northeast Utilities since it might have been an “unnecessary distraction.” Why you ask?

  • Democracy And Technology

    To the Editor: Internet voting is now used in some of our Western world democracies. This mode of voting is not exclusive, but in addition to conventional ballot casting and absentee ballots. Internet voting adds flexibility in our ever increasingly complex lives and should results in higher voting participation.

  • Food Drive Filled The Shelves

    To the Editor: On behalf of Newtown Social Services and the Salvation Army Food Pantry, we would like to thank all the volunteers that donated their time to organizing and manning the annual Postal Workers' Food Drive this past Saturday. In addition to those who volunteered to be drivers and sorters, we were for-tunate this year to have help from the staff of Big Y Supermarket as well as the Newtown High School Football Team which helped the process move quickly and efficiently. A special thanks to the postal workers who took the time to collect food while out on their busy delivery routes.

  • The ‘S’ Stands For Surplus

    To the Editor: After all that we’ve learned in the last year, many are beginning to think the “S” in BOS stands for Surplus. I reject the BOS budget not because I don't support security for our schools. I do. However, as I have stated repeatedly before the Legislative Council (LC), adding additional burden to taxpayers for security costs “just in case” grants do not come through, is a mistake. Why not remove that amount (now $470K) in the BOS budget, and instead use contingency or fund balance dollars in the unlikely event that grants are not approved?