Letters to the Editor

  • Questioning Beliefs

    To the Editor: The demonstration last Thursday in front of the NSSF headquarters attracted many counter-demonstrators as well as NAA [Newtown Action Alliance] activists. I took the opportunity to approach some NSSF supporters to discover what elements of gun safety legislation would be acceptable to them. I was curious to find out the reasoning of one young man who was holding a sign that read, “NAA protesting against NSSF is like MADD protesting A.A.” The short answer is that the NSSF promotes gun safety and provides training for proper handling of firearms. I continued the discussion by asking the gentleman if he was a member of the NRA to which he answered that he was. “Why doesn’t the NRA support universal background checks?” He wasn‘t able to say and added that he did not agree with everything the NRA does.

  • In Appreciation Of The Police

    To the Editor: I think that appreciation for the Newtown Police Department has never been as high as it is now after the events of 12/14. Having been thrust into a situation for which there is no adequate preparation and having to live with the aftermath on a day-to-day basis goes way beyond what would be considered normal professional duties.

  • A Pragmatic Approach To Fund Disbursement

    To the Editor: In the New York Times on March 24th, Will Rogers is quoted as saying, “this will be a thankless job”, in regards to disbursing the $10.2M fund collected by the United Way. First, I would like for Mr Rogers to publicly apologize to all the people who donated to that fund for his insensitive remark.

  • Degrees Of Responsibility

    To the Editor: In his reply to Ms Richardson published last week [Letter Hive, 3/22/13, “New Restrictions On Guns Won’t Stop Criminals”], Mr Sanetti wrote: “Had [Mrs Lanza] met her responsibility to keep her lawfully purchased firearms properly secured, inaccessible to her deeply troubled son who she knew to be at risk, this tragedy would never have occurred.” This assertion of irresponsible storage is plausible but—given that the report of the state police investigation has not yet been released—speculative. It is likewise plausible but speculative that Ms Lanza is a poster child for the convergent success of two marketing campaigns for which Mr Sanetti and his organization are responsible.

  • The Level Of Gun Violence In The US Is Unacceptable

    To the Editor: This is in response to Steve Sanetti [“New Restrictions on Guns Won't Stop Criminals”], who provided statistics that purported to show evidence of a reduction in firearms accidents and gun related crime rates in part due to gun industry efforts. Simultaneously, the Huffington Post reported that more than 100 people were killed in gun related violence incidents in the US in the first week following December 14. They also reported that that number increased to 1,285 individuals in the first seven weeks after December 14 and again increased to 2,243 in the three months following the shooting at Sandy Hook.

  • A Prescription For Death

    To the Editor: The present gun control changes before Congress to prevent gun violence do not include assault weapons and other items vital to stop senseless gun violence. The reasons vary. I have spoken to a local person who is also opposed to any gun con...

  • Did You Hear This One?

    To the Editor: Parents, understand that in 1962 that the United States was “first” in the world in education results, while today we are only about 23, even after increasing spending per pupil over 650 percent. To understand why we’ve failed miserably, you might be interested in the downward slope of proficiency due to our “progressive” teaching evolution pushed by the NEA.

  • The Only Thing We Have To Fear

    To the Editor: The Only Thing We Have To Fear Is ... Everything! In a word, Sinkholes! More about that later.... In the 1986 sci-fi thriller, The Fly, a scientist begins to turn into a fly. As he implores one of the characters, “Don’t be afraid,” a reporter covering the experiment responds, “No. Be afraid...be very afraid!”

  • Mr Duffy’s Extremist And Reactionary View

    To the Editor: I am disappointed to see that The Bee has chosen to elevate Mr Brendan Duffy’s January letter [Letter Hive, 1/11/13, “Elected Officials Are Fundamentally Dishonest”] for praise. His is an extremist and reactionary view. There is nothing patriotic about threatening to take up arms to overthrow a democratically elected government. If you believe that our government needs restructuring, then you elect people who demand it

  • Helping Those Who Are Helped By Amos House

    To the Editor On behalf of the board and staff of Amos House, I want to extend my sincere thanks to all those who made our 2013 Spring Breakfast a big success. As our major fundraiser of the year, the breakfast plays an important financial role for our organization.