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  • Watering Down The Shooting Range Ordinance

    To the Editor: The Ordinance Committee is wrapping up a series of meetings on an updated firearms ordinance with extensive input from the public. Those who want little or no restrictions on target shooting have been well represented, as have been residents wanting greater restrictions in the interest of safety and quality of life for their neighborhoods. As the committee nears the end of this process, the outline of the final changes are becoming clear. While provisions that will help lessen some negative effects of target shooting on neighbors are likely (banning exploding targets, limiting shooting to four hours during daylight hours and requiring advance notification of police about shooting sessions), other proposals have been watered down or rejected...

  • Literary Stars In Alignment

    To the Editor: Getting so many of the rock stars of the children’s book world together in one place couldn’t have been easy—but the stars were certainly in alignment for Newtown last weekend. It was truly a thrill for me and dozens of other adults and children to attend “Turning the Page: New Stories for Newtown” at the Middle School and meet these very talented (and very friendly) authors and illustrators in person.

  • Target Shooting Needs To Be About Safety

    To the Editor: Thank you for your investigation Mr. Barzetti. [“An Improbably Shot On Split Rock Road,” Letter Hive, 5/15/13] I want to re-state what happened on that day in January. A person, who was working on the roof of our neighbors’ home, was hit with a stray bullet from a nearby shooting range. Luckily, he was not injured. The police report is currently accurate in stating a person (not a ball as originally stated in the report) was hit with the bullet. Honest mistake by the policeman, I would hope. A police report is only adjusted through a specific interview process by the police department to validate what was reported. The report was adjusted, it is fact. I also want to make something clear. I do not think a bullet hitting a ball in anyone’s yard where children could be playing is acceptable in any way, I hope you agree.

  • The Dogs Did It Again!

    To the Editor: Strutt Your Mutt! 2013 was an overwhelming success! We sent home over 200 tired dogs, most of them smiling from ear to ear. In attendance were several well-known names: Romeo and Juliett, MegaTron, Zeus, Snooky and even Miss Daisy. The event this year was focused on Community Health and Healing. Our 2K walk around the grounds of Fairfield Hills, was led by Therapy Dogs Intl from Canine Training Behavior Services. At the top of the hill along the upper meadow we paused to take in a priceless view of Newtown, and to blow soap bubbles and send good thoughts aloft.

  • Biking Lake to Lake For Leaps Of Faith

    To the Editor: May is National Bike Month. Whether you're new to cycling, an experienced cyclist, a mountain biker or roadie, what better way to get active and celebrate the warmer weather by registering for our Lake to Lake Charity Bicycle Ride & Poker Run on May 26, 2013 at the Shepaug Dam Eagle Observatory and Recreation Area on River Road in Southbury? Bicycle riders have their choice of incredibly scenic 100k, 75k, 50K, and 25k routes and, since our organization specializes in adaptive sports programs, we also mapped out a 16k route for disabled cyclists.

  • Watering Down The Shooting Range Ordinance

    To the Editor: At its meeting last week, the [Legislative Council’s] Ordinance Committee reached four decisions about its draft in progress of a new ordinance to regulate residential target shooting. The committee decided: 1) To exclude from further consideration any permitting process to be administered by the police chief. The unanimous straw poll was taken immediately after Chief Kehoe replied No when asked by the chair if he supported inclusion of a permitting process in the new ordinance.

  • Children Find Connections At HealingNewtown

    To the Editor: I am the founder of Voices For Heroes. I have to tell everyone about my experience with HealingNewtown Art Space. Evan and I, at Voices For Heroes, have been trying to sell a tribute CD for Newtown to help fund HealingNewtown Art Space. While the sales are slow, there is nothing we can do, as we watch HealingNewtown lose their space. The thing is, I have been to the events at HN and saw the great reaction from the children. The music, the art, the visitors and the strength that comes from pulling together to make a difference brings the community together like nothing else can.

  • Al’s Trail Is Not Suitable For Bicycles

    To the Editor: The recent Bee article describing the Bike Friendly Newtown initiative suggested that some meeting participants feel that Al's Trail is a 12-mile trail suitable for bicycle use.

  • Sandy Hook Inspiring Action In Washington State And Liberia

    To the students, staff, and families of Sandy Hook Elementary, When I heard about what happened to your school and community last winter, I couldn't understand it. Nobody could. No words can do justice to the sort of feelings we had when we heard about your loss. We felt powerless to help; what could we do? Our answer was different than one might expect. While I can't even begin to understand what you have gone through – I want to explain something I hope brings you some small comfort.

  • The Hieroglyphics of the Second Amendment

    To the Editor The Second Amendment to our Constitution has had five Supreme Court reviews and decisions, all of them with a different interpretation. This is not surprising since they may as well have interpreted Egyptian hieroglyphics. The times and the context in which this amendment was passed bears not the slightest resemblance to our modern world. It was a world of constant violent conflicts, both external and internal, of totally different demographics, of different concepts of the laws and the rights of men, of a totally different social environment, of internal conflicts to the direction of our future government and the role of the federal government and a world in which the most destructive device was the cannon.