The recent fall-out from our new mayor and council's first seven weeks in office has been staggering.
That is...staggering to those of us who are aware of it. It seems incredible that someone might NOT be aware of what has happened to the reputation of Troy in so short a time, but the simple fact is that there ARE folks who have no idea how bad it is.
Let me tell you...when Troy is mentioned in the same week on or in CNN, MSNBC, FOX, the New York Times, the BLOODY BBC and countless other print, TV and online sources...it's bad.
What is even sadder is that some of those who claim to have no idea are the very ones responsible for it.
Mayor Janice Daniels was recently quoted as saying she hadn't seen anything but congratulations and accolades toward her for any of her recent blunders. She doesn't READ negative information about her, she said.
Out of sight, out of mind? More like an impudent child covering her ears, shrieking, "La la la...I can't hear you...la la la...I WON'T hear you...."
In fact...Mayor Daniels doesn't even perceive that she would be very responsible at all for any of this. In her mind, SHE is the among biggest victims here in Troy. She had the unmitigated gall to tell that to a roomful of teenagers who attempted to help her perceive what is truly happening in Troy because of her very actions.
There are no adequate words to describe how profoundly off base that is.
Councilman Henderson told me personally not to panic...the sky is not falling...I need to stop falling prey to scare tactics that Troy is in real trouble without economic development that the transit center would have provided. Never mind that nearly the entire business community, most major Detroit newspapers, and the GOVERNOR told him it was a good idea...
But where's HIS plan to make it better? How does he perceive the future in Troy?
Impossibly, he thinks it's in building a transit center on our own CITY tax dollars (not the ones we've already donated to the federal government) somewhere else in Troy to bring people to the rails...but somewhere away from the rails...so they can take a bus to the rails.
Mr. Henderson...the proposed transit center wasn't placed arbitrarily. It seems that folks enjoy a transit center near...TRANSIT. You've lived here long enough to know that the proposed center is placed at the only spot in Troy where land was freely available and next to the rails. And thanks, but we've already paid ONCE for the project that someone else may not get. Why do you want to make us pay AGAIN?
Henderson doesn't get it. He doesn't get it any better than any of the countless times he willfully spewed incorrect information about the library, our taxes, our millage rates...any topic that affects every one of us. The difference is that NOW...he has a vote in our future. He believes he has the right to vote his opinions because 7,000+ residents told him he could.
For those playing at home...that's less than 10% of our residents. Henderson is voting to represent those who gave him his marching orders, as he told me. NOT for the rest of us...not for the entire city of Troy...for those who voted for him.
They say that perception is truth. Daniels and Henderson have a very skewed truth because their perception is off. In the face of so much evidence to the contrary, they cling to their truth.
And in the meantime...the whole world perceives that something is very, very,VERY wrong in Troy.