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To the Editor:

I have rarely been an advocate of the recall of elected officials, feeling rather that giving one the benefit of a doubt was a more intelligent and measured approach. However, the recent firing of Grosse Pointe Woods City Administrator Ted Bidigare makes me wonder if I should rethink my position.

The action of the Grosse Pointe Woods City Council seemed so abrupt, arbitrary and mean-spirited. Perhaps Mr. Bidigare needed to be replaced, but it could hardly have been done with less class than was demonstrated by the now familiar Woods Council “Four.”

Delaying the firing by just two months would have afforded Mr. Bidigare a small pension which many of we Grosse Pointe Woods residents feel he deserved, if nothing else.

Mr. Darryl Spicher was one of the four council members who voted to fire Mr. Bidigare. When asked about the possibility of a recall election he is reported to have said, “Bring it on.” I am inclined to agree with him.

Stuart B. Smith

Grosse Pointe Woods

Stuart B. Smith
March 30, 2004

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