To the editor of THE EAGLE:
Bruce Marshall, an elected official of Hinsdale, made the choice to place an ill-advised bumper sticker on his truck. The sticker called a certain percentage of the tax-payers "a__holes." A foolish choice by Mr. Marshall to be sure. One would hope that he would speak up and tell the citizens of this town that he did not intend this to be a broad swipe at the people who have consistently elected him to office for the last 33 years but, perhaps a reaction to his frustration at the "ugly tenor of Hinsdale politics" as The Eagle called it (editorial, Sept. 27, "Bumper sticker is an insult to Hinsdale.")
To The Eagle I ask: Is this really news? To the handful of Hinsdale residents who pressed The Eagle to make some hay out of this story I ask: Is this where you want to use your energy to better our town? If The Eagle wants to comb through elected officials from Clarksburg to Sheffield and see who has posted or spoken something dimwitted, they will have their work cut out for them. Perhaps The Eagle can place Hinsdale in its lead editorial when there is actually some real news to report, not just the heavy-handed link in the editorials about a boneheaded bumper sticker and the recent destructive party at Brian Holloway’s house. That seemed a curious stretch.
In the meantime, Hinsdale politics has indeed become divisional. Sad. I grew up in Hinsdale. Moved away, then moved back to raise my family here. I love my town. I think Hinsdale is better than this. Perhaps Selectpersons Conner, Goddard and Marshall can have coffee together and make sure that the next time Hinsdale is in the news it’s not for something embarrassing. MIKE DOWLING