Letters to the Editor

  • Let’s Change The Pronouns In The Gun Debate

    To the Editor: On Thursday, April 11, I had the chance to sit in on a hearing of the Newtown Ordinance Committee, having been invited by three resident friends. I wrote to them afterward, and they felt that you might like to hear my comments also. I appreciated the chance to observe a local group striving to deal with the issue of legal use of guns within their jurisdiction. Their efforts on a local stage can support and inform the larger nationwide debate. Newtown is acting responsibly in a worthy cause. Keep up the good work. Newtown is a small stage, but your voices resound today.

  • Being Dismissive Isn’t An Argument

    To the Editor: Having read Mr DeBlasio’s comments to my April 5, letter, I want to keep the conversation going. Mr DeBlasio has chosen to dismiss the person expressing opinions he disagrees with, thinking that by doing this he’s dismissed the argument as well. The issues facing us are about public health and safety, and not about who is qualified to make decisions about the definition of an assault rifle. I reaffirm my belief that certain types of firearms ought to be regulated and kept out of the hands of the general public. My conclusion is drawn from personal knowledge and not from ignorance as Mr. DeBlasio assumes.

  • Show Support For Our Schools

    To the Editor: With the budget referendum vote taking place next Tuesday, April 23rd, now is the time to show our support for our schools and teachers. We currently have openings for principals at Newtown Middle School, Reed Intermediate School, and, tragically, Sandy Hook Elementary School. If we want to attract outstanding candidates for these leadership positions, we need to let them know that our town is committed to excellence in education.

  • Join The Conversation About The Abuse Of Children

    To the Editor: The news media provides us with daily reminders that child sexual abuse is real, and it happens close to home. It is difficult to accept that sexual abuse is a problem in our community, but if we want it to stop, we have to acknowledge it, and we have to talk about it. April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month and Child Abuse Prevention Month. Family and Children's Aid and The Women's Center of Greater Danbury will be joining anti-sexual violence organizations throughout the state and country in bringing attention to the issue of child sexual abuse.

  • Are We Taking The Time To Heal?

    To the Editor: As the parent of a student at Sandy Hook School December 14th was a horrific day. I am blessed to have my child. My sympathy and regret goes to the parents who lost a child that terrible morning. I’m so sorry for your loss. After the 14th I thought life would gradually improve. Sadly, I’ve learned it gets worse before it gets better. Emotional healing is a process, not an event.

  • The Good Guy / Bad Guy Trope

    To the Editor: “The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun,” said Wayne LaPierre, executive vice president of the National Rifle Association. Based on interviews with people who knew Nancy Lanza – prior to December 14, 2012, she would certainly have been classified as “a good guy.” She grew up with guns and had a healthy respect for gun safety. She purchased her guns legally. As a single woman, she felt she needed guns for protection. She also apparently believed that owning and being able to handle guns would make her a helpful citizen should that be needed.

  • How Soon They Forget

    To the Editor: The New Haven Register editorial of April 11, 2013 notes that our “senior” US Senator, Mr Blumenthal, has used the Sandy Hook shootings, to ask for money for his next political campaign in 2016. I find this action to be sickening, disturbing, and downright wrong, bit what do we expect from someone who lied about his military service to promote himself for higher public office?

  • Faith In This Country

    To the Editor: After my response to Mr Barzetti’s letter (“Financial Collapse is Near”, 3/22 Bee), the last emotion I thought I would feel is pity. But, after reading his latest missive (“Gun Confiscation Leads to Genocide”, 4/5 Bee), I do truly pity him. I won’t detail all that is not factual in the letter (and it is considerable), but I do think it is quite sad that anyone is so afraid to live in, his words, “this great country,” that he feels the need to arm himself for the purpose of defending himself against the, his words, “mobs and or a tyrannical oppressive government” about to descend upon us in that same country (how “great” is that?!)

  • Put Public Safety Above Politics

    To the Editor: For what it’s worth, I’ve tried to influence the national discussion on reducing gun violence by contacting every Senator with the following message: Although I am not a constituent of yours, I am writing to you hoping that you will place public safety above the politics of one side or the other in the national debate about reducing gun violence. I, myself, would not be able to live with the guilt of knowing that I haven’t contributed all that I could to find a solution. You see, I am a resident of Sandy Hook, CT, and like everyone else in my town, I have been profoundly affected by the shootings.

  • Providing Shelter From The Storm

    To the Editor: On behalf of the Women’s Center, I extend my heartfelt gratitude to all who supported our 11th Annual “Shelter from the Storm” benefit at the Amber Room Colonnade on March 8th and made it the most successful fundraising year yet! The critically needed funds support our Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Resource Services programs, which are provided free of charge and confidentially.