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  • SBAC Test Is One Plate Too Many For NHS Juniors

    To the Editor: Smarter Balance Assessment is a misnomer; especially if you are a junior in high school. Like the amazing plate spinners seen in the circus, many of our juniors balance heavy course loads, extracurricular activities, and jobs while determini...

  • Memorial Planning: Don’t Let The Families’ Wishes Be Ignored

    To the Editor: Well, I must say it is rather stupefying to read that Joe Daniels, “President and CEO” of the “National September 11 Memorial” at the World Trade Center has advised the Newtown 12/14 memorial committee that “the input they solicit will be extremely important, especially the various perspectives and emotional relationships to the event itself.” And “tons of input from our families.” [“Memorial Representatives Advise: Input And Process Vital To Permanent 12/14 Memorial,” The Newtown Bee, 3/7/14.] This is ironic since officials running the memorial process in New York not only did their best to ignore the families but also the actions and expressed wishes of the general public.

  • The Library Is Open!

    To the Editor: Yippee! The library is open! The freshly-painted walls and new carpeting look great, but best of all, our wonderful librarians are back! Thank you for all your hard work and for reopening so quickly. We missed you.

  • Feeding The Cats

    To the Editor: On behalf of The Animal Center of Newtown, we wish to thank Caraluzzi's and manager Jeremiah Gentry for hosting a two-week cat food drive at the store.   The event was a success due to the many donations of canned and dry food from...

  • Facebook’s Policy On Guns: Changed? Yes. Improved? Not Much.

    To the Editor: Facebook recently announced that it is improving its policies regarding the unlicensed sale of guns through its site. Yes, the policies have been changed, but only minimally improved; the changes will do very, very little to reduce this trade. First, the monitoring of questionable postings and pages will be left to the members; it will not be the responsibility of Facebook itself. The company will only contact the originators with a reminder that s/he should follow the law when/if a transaction results. Can you imagine how many inappropriate postings and pages will escape this “control”?

  • Fairfield County Giving Day

    To the Editor: I’m writing to encourage my neighbors and friends to join in supporting the first-ever Fairfield County Giving Day on Friday, March 7. Whether you give $10, or $100 or even $1,000, you’ll be helping to support the work of local n...

  • Join The Search For A Library Director

    To the Editor: On behalf of the Board of Trustees of the Cyrenius H. Booth Library, we write to ask you for your participation in an important community matter. The search for a new library director has begun, and one of the first p...

  • Prevailing Wage Explanation Missed The Mark

    To the Editor: A piece last week in The Newtown Bee centered on prevailing wage laws applicable to public construction in Connecticut. [“Town Attorney Reviews Prevailing Wage Implications With Council.”] Unfortunately, Newtown Town Attorney David Grogins’ attempts to educate town officials on the subject was incomplete and, in part, wrong.

  • Working Together For A Long-Term Plan

    To the Editor: Below is what I shared with the Board of Finance on February 27. There were some generalizations made about “Newtown teachers being the highest paid in the state”. The towns in the State of Connecticut are broken up into District Reference Groups. They compare towns based on characteristics of their student’s families – median family incomes, percentage of families below poverty level, number of students enrolled, etc. Newtown is part of DRG B – with our neighbors Monroe, District 15, and Brookfield and also Avon, Cheshire, and Greenwich, to name a few.

  • Time For A Meaningful And Respectful Exchange Of Ideas On Guns

    To the Editor: Last Saturday I attended a symposium at the Quinnipiac University School of Law called "Gun Laws, Public Health and the Prevalence of Gun Violence: A critical look at an important balance." It brought together leading experts, practitioners and students to advance the larger conversation about gun accidents and injuries, public health and guns, mental health and guns, and the Second Amendment. The exchange of ideas was riveting, meaningful, and respectful. It dealt with a polarizing but critically important topic in a way that brought people together, and I applaud that accomplishment.