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  • 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.

  • Al’s Trail Is Not Suitable For Bicycles

    To the Editor: The recent Bee article describing the Bike Friendly Newtown initiative suggested that some meeting participants feel that Al's Trail is a 12-mile trail suitable for bicycle use.

  • Sandy Hook Inspiring Action In Washington State And Liberia

    To the students, staff, and families of Sandy Hook Elementary, When I heard about what happened to your school and community last winter, I couldn't understand it. Nobody could. No words can do justice to the sort of feelings we had when we heard about your loss. We felt powerless to help; what could we do? Our answer was different than one might expect. While I can't even begin to understand what you have gone through – I want to explain something I hope brings you some small comfort.

  • The Hieroglyphics of the Second Amendment

    To the Editor The Second Amendment to our Constitution has had five Supreme Court reviews and decisions, all of them with a different interpretation. This is not surprising since they may as well have interpreted Egyptian hieroglyphics. The times and the context in which this amendment was passed bears not the slightest resemblance to our modern world. It was a world of constant violent conflicts, both external and internal, of totally different demographics, of different concepts of the laws and the rights of men, of a totally different social environment, of internal conflicts to the direction of our future government and the role of the federal government and a world in which the most destructive device was the cannon.

  • 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.

  • 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?

  • 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.