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Monday, March 26, 2012

Our mayor the Illusionist?

from Linda

Janice Daniels previously mentioned that her bigoted remark was a “joke” and it was just “one word.” Well, even the citizens of Troy that did vote for her were not electing a comedian. They may have, however, elected an “illusionist” based on the apparent “smoke and mirrors” being used on her various forms of communication.
She mentioned in a letter to residents what has been accomplished in the last few months. May I remind her that much of that was in process before she was elected.
One item in her letter is the fact that the library is now open on Saturday. She fails to mention that Saturday is more costly to stay open. She gives the “illusion” of it being no cost to the taxpayer, she is a “hero” for it being open on Saturday and has seemingly fulfilled her campaign promise to have the library open seven days. No matter how you look at the library schedule, it is still open only six days and at a higher cost! “Smoke and Mirrors” can’t even change that.
She also inferred on her Facebook page that L. Brooks Patterson was to be in attendance at the South Oakland Mayors dinner, when, in fact, he was not planning to. He had, however, recommended Matt Glib to speak. When I posted a comment about this, it was quickly removed. Since then, her post has also been revised.
Now, let’s look at the “Timeline” on her website. To someone who takes a cursory look, it seems she has been very busy as Mayor. But, let’s take a look as some of these “events.” Many entries were partisan events and fundraisers. While she is free to attend any events, it seems disingenuous to list these as if it was part of being the Mayor. This is just another “illusionary” tactic.
I did not vote for her, but hoped that her performance would be adequate. It has not. As we have witnessed since her election, there have been many incidents which she has created on her own to cause damage to the once stellar reputation of Troy. Now that she is in danger of a recall she is in the process of doing major damage control. However, from what I have seen, she hasn’t learned anything. Janice and her supporters continue to play games with the citizens of Troy to give them the “illusion” that she is a dedicated and concerned Mayor. While others seem to pull her strings, she continues to relish in this madness.
Being Mayor is an honor which should be treated as such. This is something she has failed to do. It is also a position with many responsibilities. I shutter to think how she would handle a situation such as a natural disaster. I want a Mayor who has the City of Troy as their priority, not their ideological beliefs. While I agree that she should be applauded for her passion for these beliefs, Troy needs someone who can put the needs of the city first and foremost.
This brings us to the recall petition. Let me state for the record that it is not because she won. As I mentioned, I hoped she would do an adequate job. She hasn’t. Thus the recall. It is, unfortunately, because of what she has done and the damage she has reeked on this city, it’s citizens and it’s reputation. She continues to try to disillusion the citizens even now as she attempts to do damage control by sending mailings to selected citizens and misleading the citizens on her various social media sites.
Before she and her supporters complain that I am the “bully,” remember it was she who originally brought the spotlight on our city and it was her actions that kept it here. Her actions and “bullying” tactics were the cause. I want to quote someone she recently supported (in fact, alleging that the city of Troy supported him) “when the bullies get attacked, they start to whine” Sen. Santorum said this. I suggest there be no whining and we let the voters of Troy decide without the chicanery and illusionist tactics. She mentions “ridiculous” as far as the recall petition, what is ridiculous is the bogus petitions that were filed by her supporter, while being accompanied by an Oakland County Commissioner who is supposedly fiscally responsible.
Before she starts accusing the city and others about mismanaging funds, I suggest she look at the time and money being wasted by all the “illusionary tactics” that she and her supporters are using. The latest example being these petitions. They were filed in Oakland County, processed and there will be a hearing on March 28, 2012 for clarity of said petitions. This is a frivolous waste of time and taxpayers’ money.

I ask Janice Daniels to think of our fine city. If she is truly dedicated to it, as she says, (and has an ounce of integrity) then she should reach deep into her soul and do what is right - RESIGN!


  1. For her own self-interest, Janice Daniels should resign, preferable, one would think, to the ignominious recall way. Plus she can legally take her proceeds from her anti-recall begging website and use it to run for something else, preferably far away from Troy. Or alternatively, turn it over to TCU, to be used foy Deb Debacker's run for State Representative.
    Sometimes the best thing is to pick up your marbles and take your game someplace else.

  2. All politicians should resign....have you ever know an honest one?? Troy's previous mayor was slowly bringing Troy down. By the time she left Troy was broke...what did she do with all the money, why did she allow it to happen? As long as she got her big salary, who cares right? The city is privatized because of her and that is ok? The school district is privatized! How embarrassing is that????????? What ever happened to the phrase "Live And Learn In Troy"????? That went by the wayside with the last mayor because the city was going broke and ya can't be two faced now can ya? What, tell people to come live in a city that is broke and a district that is broke???? You should be embarrassed of what that last mayor left behind while she enjoys her high paying retirement!

    1. Come on.. stop lying. Surely you know the mayor and council get no salary or pension. A mere $175 stipend for meeting expenses. PLEASE enough with this crazy crap. Educate yourself before you type or open your mouth. Did you hear about the near economic collapse in 2008? The reason everyone lost their jobs, homes and subsequently the revenue for cities? Privatization "SAVES" money (or so they say), you and yours should be happy about that. It means smaller guberment. In fact, I am sure I heard the current mayor advocate for a smaller city government in her many speeches filled with misinformation about city staff salaries and benefits. Now she is one of them getting her big salary and perks and pleasures!! Right? Cut the crazy.

  3. I checked, the last Mayor receives absolutely NO retirement benefit from Troy. The city was not in financial distress due to her actions; again, I checked, the last Mayor and Council oversaw the downsizing of services to fit the revenue received. If you don't believe me check the budget documents. The current Mayor and her gang opposed any move to increase revenue through an increased milage. They misled citizens into thinking an increased milage, which had a time limit on it, would increase their taxes. In fact, actual taxes paid would have decreased in spite of the small milage increase. In response, the last Mayor and Council met their obligation and reduced costs via service reductions and privatization.
    Check the Council minutes, video and media reports. You'll find that the current Mayor condemned Mr. Szerlag when he first made us aware of our impending financial problem. They said he was an alarmist, asked why other communities weren't having the problem and indicated he must be a poor manager plotting to get our tax dollars. When his forecast became reality he was a poor manager, must have been overspending, it's all these overpaid public employees and we need to downsize, privatize and eliminate to stay within our means. Mr.
    Szerlag, the mayor and Council did all the painful hard work. Those overpaid employees, to a man and
    woman, voluntarily took concessions, we suffered a reduction in our services and now many of our city functions are provided by private contractors. The result? Balanced budget and small surplus; the current Mayor and entourage's response? See, we told you so, you didn't need a library milage, we had the money, Mr. Szerlag lied.
    What keeps us from coming forward and stopping thus madness? Perhaps it's the fear of what the Mayor, Mr.
    Clark, Ms. DeBacker and Mr. Gosselin will do to discredit the honest and truthful. Demonizing and ruining ones reputation isn't something they are opposed to. The record is full of such examples.
    Please check my facts. If you are a supporter of the current Mayor, by all means, correct me where I've erred.

  4. In my opinion, Janice Daniels is both a pathological liar and a narcissist, completely unable to separate truth from fiction if it doesn't serve her own personal narrative and view of herself. She doesn't believe she has done anything wrong (ever), that she is 100% right and her view is the only thing that matters. She could never admit that the TCU group she is so closely affiliated with lied time and time again to fellow Troy citizens over the last 10 years in order to further their own goals and agendas. She can never see that her actions are causing great distress to our community, because after all, she was elected, and that must mean she is right. Worse still, she is surrounded by people exactly like her (Bob Gosselin, Deb DeBacker, Glenn Clark, Martin Howrylak) who are convinced that they too are right and the rest of us are wrong, no need to tell the truth to us, is there? What do we know--we don't agree, so we are in the way.

    Janice repeatedly says she loves being mayor. Besides showing up at partisan political rallies, for office hours (screened by bully Bob Gosselin) and going to council meetings, what else has she done? Someone close to her needs to tell her the position of mayor doesn't include "destroying your town" in its job description.