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Letters to the Editor

  • A Thankful Volunteer

    To the Editor: When I found out HealingNewtown [Arts Space] was seeking volunteers, I immediately contacted them. The first day I volunteered, I was amazed. The art work donated from all over the world fills your heart with warmth. The bronze statue that greets you from Colorado, the beautiful turtle statue which I believe was from Florida, in the back room, I saw 26 ceramic angel statues, beautiful handmade quilts, posters, and last but not least, hundreds and hundreds of letters.

  • Keep The Band & Guard Tradition Going

    To the Editor: How do I adequately express my gratitude to the students, parents, and educators (both past and present) who have made the Newtown Nighthawks Band & Guard the outstanding success it is today? I begin by thanking the students who work so very hard to refine a show that begins as a rough sketch and ends as an illustration of musical talent and athletic precision. I thank the director, assistant director, drill instructor, and staff members who select the music, write the drill, and rehearse the Band & Guard. Their dedication is a labor of love.

  • Democracy And Technology

    To the Editor: Internet voting is now used in some of our Western world democracies. This mode of voting is not exclusive, but in addition to conventional ballot casting and absentee ballots. Internet voting adds flexibility in our ever increasingly complex lives and should results in higher voting participation.

  • Food Drive Filled The Shelves

    To the Editor: On behalf of Newtown Social Services and the Salvation Army Food Pantry, we would like to thank all the volunteers that donated their time to organizing and manning the annual Postal Workers' Food Drive this past Saturday. In addition to those who volunteered to be drivers and sorters, we were for-tunate this year to have help from the staff of Big Y Supermarket as well as the Newtown High School Football Team which helped the process move quickly and efficiently. A special thanks to the postal workers who took the time to collect food while out on their busy delivery routes.

  • The ‘S’ Stands For Surplus

    To the Editor: After all that we’ve learned in the last year, many are beginning to think the “S” in BOS stands for Surplus. I reject the BOS budget not because I don't support security for our schools. I do. However, as I have stated repeatedly before the Legislative Council (LC), adding additional burden to taxpayers for security costs “just in case” grants do not come through, is a mistake. Why not remove that amount (now $470K) in the BOS budget, and instead use contingency or fund balance dollars in the unlikely event that grants are not approved?

  • Who Has Rep. Esty’s Ear?

    To the Editor: Citizens be aware that our congresswoman, Elizabeth Etsy, has taken contributions from the energy and environmental sources to the tune of $26,000. (May 9th issue of Fairfield County Weekly, page 4.) The Hartford Courant has noted (in the same article) that she gave back $3,500 to Northeast Utilities since it might have been an “unnecessary distraction.” Why you ask?

  • Corruption And Tyranny

    To the Editor: Last week President Obama gave the commencement speech at Ohio State University where he attacked those who said governments were capable of tyranny. Sorry, but President Obama was wrong! History has shown “Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely!” That has been known for centuries and was the premise of our Founders, and still is observable today.

  • An Improbable Shot On Split Rock Road

    To the Editor: We have a well-organized group from Split Rock Road using 12/14 to take away our right to target shoot on our own property. A roofer was allegedly shot in that neighborhood by a stray bullet. That sounded odd so I investigated. I quote the police report:

  • A Good Doctor Departs

    To the Editor: One time, I had the misfortune of going to a doctor who looked everywhere but at me – even when he or I were talking. Later, another doctor told me this was a purposeful modus operandi. The less this doctor looked at the patient, the less chance that the patient would ask any questions. The goal was to get the person in and out of the room as quickly as possible. Then there was the doctor who was so belligerent, when asking her a question I was afraid I'd be leaving in worst condition than when arriving.

  • Where The Fun Stuff Happens

    To the Editor: Driving by Healing Newtown Arts space today my four-year-old daughter exclaimed “There's the Arts space Mommy! That's where I get to do really fun stuff that I love!” I am writing this in the hopes that many people will read this and share with others. As many of you already know Newtown Healing Arts current space will soon be unavailable to them and they are hoping for a generous donation of space to further the wonderful work they have done within our community.