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Hadley administrator has writer’s support

To the editor:

David Nixon, the Hadley town administrator, is no Julius Caesar and Hadley is not the Roman Forum nor am I a Brutus, but having watched the drama of an attempted recall of the last of two town administrators, it gives one pause to wonder just what is going on here.

Certainly it appears to be a thankless job where any attempt at pleasing everyone seems hopeless. A recent Gazette article stated that a petition of 180 names, or approximately 5 percent of the town’s voting population and less than 4 percent of its total population was presented to the Select Board, but this amount does not a plurality make.

We are a democracy, and in a democracy one has the right to recall one’s elected representatives, but I cannot understand why Nixon’s field of study makes him less qualified for the job. One of this country’s greatest presidents was a haberdasher from Missouri.

I confess to not being an authority on building maintenance and building codes, but I do know that I, someone of no great importance to the town, has been helped by both these administrators, Nixon and, before him, Robin Crosbie, when I needed their help.

Nixon also helped me when I was trapped inside my car one winter night after having been unable to get out of my driveway due to the town snowplow having erected a mini-Alp blocking an exit to the street.

I had to crawl out of the car (at the age of 63) on my hands and knees and summon AAA, which literally lifted my car off the ground and placed it in the street.

I have recently acquired Nxon’s support in trying to get Hadley a grant from the state (as did Amherst and Sunderland) in hoping to make the town a little greener. He has always responded to my emails and has always been willing to help me. I never forget a kindess and David Nixon has been kind to me.

So ends my catechism.

Dorothy Fradera

Hadley

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