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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Attack was nasty and unwarranted

Letter to the Editor

On Monday night, Aug. 25, I was witness to the character assassination of a candidate for the Nashua Airport Authority.

Mayor Donnalee Lozeau had nominated Sandra Adams to fill a vacancy on the Nashua Airport Authority created when a member suddenly resigned. Sandra is well qualified for the position. She has a degree in business, owns and operates a successful business at the airport, and holds a private pilot’s certificate. She has operated at the airport for a number of years and hosted many functions supporting and promoting aviation and the airport. ...

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On Monday night, Aug. 25, I was witness to the character assassination of a candidate for the Nashua Airport Authority.

Mayor Donnalee Lozeau had nominated Sandra Adams to fill a vacancy on the Nashua Airport Authority created when a member suddenly resigned. Sandra is well qualified for the position. She has a degree in business, owns and operates a successful business at the airport, and holds a private pilot’s certificate. She has operated at the airport for a number of years and hosted many functions supporting and promoting aviation and the airport.

But to a few special-interest people at the airport, all that was conveniently forgotten. This group, through email and public testimony, attacked Sandra with innuendos, suppositions and exaggerations. These are the same people who, over the years, have benefitted from Sandra’s generosity and humanitarian spirit. Their point of concert centers on Sandra’s refusal to be intimated by them and her refusal to agree with their agenda without a fair and open hearing. Their public testimony was one of the worst attacks on an honest, caring and qualified person I have ever heard.

The worst was yet to come. Following public input, the aldermen had their shot. It was like a pack of wolves surrounding a lamb, waiting for the lamb to make a mistake so they could jump in for the kill. To Sandra’s great credit, she kept to the high road. She answered the same questions repeatedly, as each alderman had their shot. After over 30 minutes of this farce, aldermen took their vote. The outcome was never in doubt. I only hope the full Board of Aldermen will recognize this hearing for what it was – a character assassination and lynching. As I left the hearing, I asked myself two questions: How could the committee be so stupid, and were they gender-biased?

Roland M. Noyes

former chairman, NAA

Nashua