Cynthia S. Wade: Compromise needed on Hadley parking issue

Published: 3/4/2018 11:48:56 PM
Compromise needed on Hadley parking issue

Where have you been, John Mieczkowski (“Veterans concerned about senior center,” Feb. 9)? Where were you when the senior center plan in Hadley was brought before the voters and overwhelmingly accepted at two Town Meetings? And was twice voted in by ballot.

The wonderful thing about Hadley is the open Town Meeting where voters can listen to carefully prepared presentations of the proposal, ask questions and then vote their conscience. That is real democracy in action.

I respect the members of the military, past and present. My first husband served in the Air Force during Korea. My son was in the Air Force for over 20 years, three times in Iraq.

The American Legion has every right to clarify the parking situation with regard to the new senior center. But why wait until the votes have been taken, and the contracts have been signed, sealed and delivered?

I don’t respect a self-appointed spokesperson who enjoys holding the whole town hostage to his whims because he didn’t pay attention or speak up when it was the right time to do so. Did it not occur to you that as the town grows (and it is growing) town property (in this case a parking lot) might be reclaimed for other needs?

The American Legion has luckily had the free use of town land. Now is the time to work out a compromise. The Senior Center Building Committee made up of hard-working, long-serving volunteers is willing to talk.

I am proud of my adopted hometown for over 20 years. I did not graduate from Hopkins Academy but my three granddaughters did. I have willingly paid increasing real estate taxes over the years in exchange for the excellent schools, police and fire departments, clean water, well-kept roads and endless numbers of trucks, various equipment, and miles of pipes and drains.

I have bragged about our soon-to-be senior center and new library. I have encouraged friends to consider the new under-construction East Street condos, convenient to the bike path, post office, senior center and library. These are attractive perks to those considering a move to this area.

The voters have already spoken: Let the construction begin.

Cynthia S. Wade


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