Letters to the Editor

  • A Cautionary Tale On Sledding And Safety

    To the Editor: Downhill sled riding can be dangerous. Two weeks ago, on a cloudy afternoon, I decided to take my children to Treadwell Park for some fun sled riding. The children hopped off the bus after school and excitedly got dressed for some fun in the snow. My kids were ecstatic! The hill was well groomed from riders the day before and there were a few nicely built jumps on the lower portion of the trail for an additional thrill! My gut was telling me something was not right.

  • When $2.3 Million Is A Small Number

    To the Editor: Last week I sent a letter to the Newtown first selectman and the Newtown superintendent of schools conveying a recommendation to increase contributions to the health insurance reserve fund during the current budget cycle, to account for increases in program costs projected for the coming year.

  • Solarize Newtown Program Set To End

    To the Editor: The Solarize Newtown program is coming to an end. Participants in the program must sign contracts by February 28 in order to maximize savings.

  • An Exciting Program

    To the Editor: The Solarize Newtown program continues to be one of the most exciting and environmentally conscientious programs ever available to Newtown residents. It has been a dream of our family for over ten years to create a home with a potential for renewable energy. The Solarize Newtown program has made this a reality.

  • Heartfelt Thanks

    To the Editor: My teenage son's vehicle was rear-ended today, 2/17, at South Main Street and Bryan Lane at 12:30 pm. Before he was taken to the hospital, a kind witness, called 911 and helped him before emergency personnel arrived.

  • Beautiful Babies

    To the Editor: “A new baby is like the beginning of all things-wonder, hope, a dream of possibilities.” – Eda J. Le Shan There is no other happy event that unites us as a town more than our Labor Day Parade. This year, the bulk of the money from the Newtown Beautiful Baby Photo Contest will be donated to this wonderful tradition. The vote money collected at Lobsterfest will go to the Sandy Hook Volunteer Fire & Rescue Co. As always, 100 percent of the money raised by the Beautiful Baby Contest will go to non-profits.

  • Performance Expectations

    To the Editor: The January 31, 2014 Newtown Bee reporting on the School Board’s January 23rd hearing to review next year’s spending plan [Superintendent’s Proposed Budget Shows 0.75 % Increase] was a most enlightening exchange. What was enlightening was how our board views its fiduciary responsibility to ensure we are getting the maximum value for our tax dollars extracted from our hard earned wages or retirement funds. After town voters turned down funding for full-day kindergarten for two years, the board snuck it in last year.

  • Something Beautiful

    To the Editor: On Thursday, January 30th, I attended the "Say Something Beautiful" assembly at Newtown High School. The program, for the freshman and sophomores, was meant to help foster a more caring high school community. Through an authentic and interactive forum, speaker Traciana Graves afforded students something they rarely get: an opportunity to have their innermost voices “heard” within a safe and uniquely supportive environment of peers. That Ms Graves was able to cultivate this in a room of over 700 students was remarkable.

  • Recharged By Newtown’s Kindness

    To the Editor: Another example of why it’s “Nicer in Newtown.” After a wonderful meal last Saturday night with two of my favorite friends at Toro, my car had a dead battery. I assured my friends it was no problem, I have AAA and they respond from the Sugar Street gas station, usually within 10 minutes or so (they are awesome with service as well). I went back into the restaurant and told the hostess I would be in the lobby waiting for AAA. She immediately offered to find someone employed there with jumper cables, which she did, saving me even a brief wait for AAA.

  • Going Solar Feels Like The Right Thing To Do

    To the Editor: Why did I go solar? 1. Is it because I am an old hippie? (I did attend the very first Earth Day in April, 1970 as a college freshman so maybe.) 2. Is it because I am a science teacher and feel that the US is not utilizing all its options for meeting its energy demands? (As of 2012, only 0.22 percent of US energy needs is being met by photo-voltaic (PV) solar installations, compared to 2 percent of the European Union’s energy demands and to 1 percent of the world’s energy demands).