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  • School Enrollment Declines, But Not School Expenses

    To the Editor:Our First Selectman Pat Llodra and John Reed’s letter asking people to support the school budget lacks important facts and important information while appealing to people’s emotions. It also violates federal law called “The Hatch Act” whereby government workers (those paid by taxpayers) are not supposed to lobby for increased spending and bigger government. The appropriate person to ask for school budget support is the chairman of the school board.But since President Obama ignores most of our laws and our US Constitution in favor of his personal opinions, why shouldn’t everyone else?

  • This Is Not The Year To Gamble

    To the Editor: We are about to endeavor on our third budget referendum, but the first time that we have a bifurcated budget and will be voting for the education budget only. This is uncharted territory for our town. This year we have also gone into uncharted territory as to how to best plan for the many unknowns that 12/14 will bring to Newtown while still maintaining the level of excellence that we have come to expect in Newtown’s schools. We have an exceptional school system; a school system that makes Newtown attractive to families. Newtown is our home...

  • Joining The New Information Revolution

    To the Editor: As we approach the next referendum on the education budget, it would seem appropriate we consider why the budget was voted down on two previous occasions. Many residents in Newtown are wondering about the reason why we were asked last time to answer same two questions about the budget being too high or too low. I thought they got their answer in the first budget vote. Are they going to insult our intelligence and ask the same questions?

  • Getting The Facts About Backyard Shooting

    To the Editor: In a comment posted in response to Eric Poupon’s recent letter [“Target Shooting Needs To Be About Safety,” Letter Hive, May 21, 2013], the writer urged Newtowners who find living amid backyard target ranges objectionable to “Get your facts straight and or [sic] don't move in next to an active range and then start complaining.” But how are we to know where these backyard shooting ranges are?

  • Sending Our Hearts To Boston

    To the Editor: It is with the heaviest of hearts that we, as a community, are beginning to move forward following the events of 12/14/12. Newtown has forever been changed, especially in our close-knit community where six degrees of separation isn't the norm, but rather one or two. Our community has been the recipient of countless acts of kindness from places near and far, and many Newtown residents feel a calling to pay it forward. One project's simplicity and beauty really struck a chord with me. Hearts of Hope were sent from all over the country and packaged with explicit instructions from their painters – send my heart to Newtown.

  • A Vote For Educational Consistency

    To the Editor: As the third referendum approaches, I would like to take a moment to request that residents vote “Yes!” on Tuesday, June 4 in support of education.

  • A Plea From The Board of Education

    To the Editor: The Board of Education would like to invite Newtown residents to join us in supporting the budget in the coming referendum by voting Yes.

  • Respect The Cemetery

    To the Editor: My husband and I visit our daughter’s grave every day at St. Rose Cemetery. We have gone every day for the past 163 days since she was taken from us at Sandy Hook School. At Christmastime, somebody made a beautiful horse head out of evergreens so we could place at her grave. It was beautiful, and even had Christmas ribbon for the horse’s bridle. Jessica would have loved it. Unfortunately, it was stolen in February. I called everybody who visits her grave, and even went to St. Rose to find out if any of the groundskeepers had taken it (since it was turning brown). Nobody knew what happened to it. We were very upset, and couldn't believe that somebody would take something from Jessica...

  • Getting It Right

    To the Editor: A rare F5 tornado leaves a 14-mile path of destruction in a populated area. Twenty-four dead. We are doing something right: early warning systems and education, and more. A disturbed young man walks into a school with a semi-automatic weapon. Twenty-six dead. When will we be able to say "We are doing something right"? My heart goes out to all 50 families.

  • A Good Way To Combat Evil

    Dear Stephen: I would like to thank you, the leadership class, and Kamiak High School’s student body for the successful efforts to fund a well construction in Liberia in memory of the Sandy Hook victims. Sandy Hook Elementary School is within two miles of our home, the school bus still stops in front of our house each day, and it is the school our daughter graduated from in the 80s. There are many reminders of that tragedy in our lives each day, but we have been supported in our grief by the thoughts of others and the outpouring of sympathy expressed by the community at large, including now, Mukilteo Washington...