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  • Cluster Housing Is Not The Answer For Castle Hill

    To the Editor: I have lived in Newtown for more than 20 years. I grew up less than four miles from my current home on Pumpkin Lane. During those years I rode my bike on streets that all seemed to be named Taunton. I loved this maze of country roads and was...

  • The Key To Effective Debate Is Listening

    To the Editor: After attending Elizabeth Esty’s town hall meeting on reducing gun violence several weeks ago, I found myself agitated to the point where I needed a beer to calm down before heading home to bed. So my cohorts and I landed at My Place t...

  • Wondering Whether everw?nder Is Right For Newtown

    To the Editor: I'm not opposed to museums. How could I be? They are invaluable. I had objections to the proposal (spelled exactly like this, “ever?wonder”) presented to the FHA meeting, last week.

  • New Restrictions On Guns Won’t Stop Criminals

    (The following letter to Barbara Richardson has been received for publication. Ms Richardson wrote a letter to the editor that appeared in the 3/18/13 edition of The Bee titled “A Call On NSSF For A More Responsible Dialogue.”) Dear Ms Richardson: We, too, share in your revulsion at the senseless act of a highly disturbed young man. Thank you for your letter, which gives us the opportunity to clarify our positions.

  • Provide The Same Protection To All The Schools

    To the Editor: The Town of Newtown is planning to place armed guards or police officers in its public schools. As a Sandy Hook resident and father of two, I am not going to comment on whether or not this is the best solution to keeping our children safe, or if it is even necessary. However, if we are choosing this type of security for children in Newtown because we believe there is a threat, or to address the psychological issues that have ensued due to the horrific event on 12/14, and the additional security is not a part of any educational curriculum, then the town should provide such security services equally to all students in Newtown.

  • Let’s Set Up Satellite Police Offices In Our Schools

    To the Editor: Simpsonville, a South Carolina town, has added police to their schools at no added costs to taxpayers with satellite police offices and an officer at no added cost to taxpayers. Other towns appear to engaging in this as well with no added cost to taxpayers, and Newtown should look at this as well.

  • Club Does Good Things For The Community

    To the Editor: I am not a flag-waving Second Amendment guy. I am a 72-year-old NRA Life Member and member of the Fairfield County Fish and Game Protective Association, located in Newtown and Monroe. As an aftermath of the Newtown shootings, you folks in Newtown are really fired up (understandably) and looking to impact shooting at our facility.

  • History Unfolded At The Crest Of Castle Hill

    To the Editor: I just learned the former Gretsch property, located on the crest of Castle Hill overlooking Newtown’s iconic flagpole, is the focus of a plan to develop more housing.  I also learned there is a group of dedicated people who value ...

  • A Terrible Idea

    To the Editor We will admit that we didn’t read the 2/22/13 issue of The Newtown Bee, so we only learned of the cluster housing proposal for Castle Hill last evening. To say the least, our initial reaction was that this is a terrible idea for this la...

  • Quick Clean-Up Appreciated

    To the Editor: I would like to commend the local stores which totally cleared all the snow out of their parking lots after the recent blizzard. I observed the Big Y, for example, use huge dump trucks in the early morning hours removing great heaps of snow that had accumulated during and after the storm. This kept sight lines clear and sidewalks less hazardous.