45°FOvercastFull Forecast

Next door

To the Editor:

As I watched the news from Connecticut, I was struck how similar Woodstock, where I live, is to Newtown. Both towns have populations around 25,000. Both towns are about 60 miles from a major U.S. city. Both towns are relatively sleepy suburbs with low crime rates.

Miserably, it doesn’t take a lot of imagination to see how Woodstock’s schools could be the site of something terrible someday.

As a community, as a nation, as citizens, we must use this crisis as a spark to come together in deeds and words to turn these sickening slaughters around. Whether through tighter gun laws, better enforcement of existing laws, a dedication to funding mental health resources (even if the state has to raise taxes, borrow money, or have a bake sale in Springfield to fund it), we can’t pretend we’re any safer than 20 first-graders were on a sunny Friday in New England.

President Barack Obama visited Newtown to help the victims’ families grieve. May he never have a reason to come here. According to Google, Newtown is about 900 miles from Woodstock. The events of Dec. 14 moved it next door.

Todd Feigenbaum



Get breaking and town-specific news sent to your phone. Sign up for text alerts from the Northwest Herald.

More News


Reader Poll

How many graduation parties do you expect to attend this year?
Just one
Two or three
More than three