HINSDALE -- The town's longest-serving serving selectman has sparked a controversy by adorning his truck with a bumper sticker that some think is demeaning to members of the community.
Several residents appeared in Town Hall last week to complain about Selectman Bruce Marshall's stucker, which reads, "For a small town, this one sure has a lot of a--holes."
Resident Tammy Poirior wanted to know what the board's other members thought of the sticker.
"I just want to ask the Select Board how one of our [officials] can run around with a bumper sticker calling pretty much the taxpayers a--holes," she said.
"My personal feeling is I don't think it's the greatest choice in the world but he has the freedom of speech," replied Selectwoman Bonnie Conner, the board's chairwoman. "It's out of my jurisdiction."
Marshall, who was present at the meeting, declined to comment.
Several residents have contacted The Eagle regarding the sticker -- including some who provided photographs of it via email.
A reddish Chevy Silverado bearing the bumper sticker, which residents say belongs to Marshall, is regularly parked at the post office on Maple Street, they say. Marshall works for a contractor who frequently stations him there.
"There's a lot of people really incensed over it," Connor said in an interview last Wednesday. "My phone started ringing [on Sept. 6] and it's been pretty much nonstop since."
The Eagle contacted Marshall last Thursday but he declined to comment.
"This is a small town, everybody knows what he drives," said Selectman William Goddard Jr., in a recent interview.
At the meeting, resident John Conner directed his comments at Marshall, a 33-year veteran of the board.
"I think all the great you may have done in the past is really overshadowed by that sticker," he said. "A lot of good people voted for you. For myself and other registered voters, you can never make that right."
But Marshall wasn't without supporters. "I'm a taxpayer; I'm not offended," said Kerri Striebel, a Hinsdale police officer and administrative assistant at Town Hall.
Hinsdale Police Chief Nancy Daniels said fighting over politics has gotten out of hand in the town. She advised people to "redirect the negativity."
"Take that energy and do something positive to benefit the town with it," she said.
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