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Saturday, December 31, 2011

On Perception

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'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 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.

Moving on...

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 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.


  1. Sue,

    This is what happens when government is run by partisan hacks and not by educated, thoughtful people.

    True leaders seek to build coalitions, to bring disparate groups together under a common interest to build community.

    Both Daniels and Henderson think they can lead by acting like schoolmarms. They think that blaming, scolding and abusing dissenters will magically create unison.

    Personally, I'm tired of the Janice Daniels types, who casually throw out bigotry and then declare themselves a victim.

    I'm tired of the Dave Henderson types, who, out of ignorance, believe that government is a business, and not a mutually applicable social contract designed to protect our rights.

    I'm tired of the Barbara Harrells, the Glenn Clarks and the Bob Gosselins of the world. I'm tired of small minds applying narrow moral visions while holding good, decent people up for opprobrium.

    I'm so tired that I'm not going to put up with it any more.

  2. Like John, I'm not putting up with it anymore, either. It's okay for people like Daniels and Henderson to be stupid idiots on their own time, but when they have the power to affect my life, my property values, my city and my children's futures as elected officials, they have a duty to do the work required to examine issues sensibly, not live in a vacuum or echo chamber, reflecting only their own prejudices or the myopic viewpoints of their cohorts. I can't believe they think their ideology trumps the public good so thoroughly that they don't bother to actually examine issues. Daniels and Henderson never had any intention to listen to any voices or take note of any statistics that were in conflict with their own preconceived notions. Instead, she trotted out an imbecile who was not even a Troy resident to lay out an argument against the transit center, and then seemed entirely unaware that the guy threw up all over himself in front of everyone, exposing his bigotry for all, except apparently her, to see.

    The recall efforts have to get started now. There's no reason why we can't start with Wade Fleming right away--he's been in office plenty long enough, while we just have to wait a little while to start proceedings against Daniels, Henderson and Tietz.

    You with me, John?

  3. Thank you John and Rob. You are right on! It's refreshing to hear that people are on to the likes of the Gosselin Gang and their followers. I'm with you. It's time to take back Troy!

  4. Rob,

    Let me know how I can help.

  5. I am going to do everything in my power to get this going, and I'm sure I'm not the only one who will be getting this recall effort underway.

    Wade's first. In the next few weeks, I will see about taking the first steps. Any help by knowledgeable people will be greatly appreciated. Stay tuned.