Sunday, September 9, 2012

Honoring all of our heroes?

This will be one order of business for the Troy City Council on Monday night -- praising Janice Daniels and her son. That's fine. 
I too thank him for his service. My brother also served. Many, many people do and we are very thankful to them.
However...
This feels so very inappropriate because it is only about the two of them. No attempt is made to honor others.
And no doubt, the fact that Janice Daniels's son is home is her reason for moving the State of the City speech from the spring when it is always held, to the fall, when her son is available and she is entering a recall election. I feel a little embarrassed for the young man who has served his country and now has been forced into this publicity stunt by his mother.
Please read the perspective of another veteran below.

from Tim's Facebook page
The Troy City Council will be issuing a proclamation for the mayor's son for his service in the Marine Corps and welcome home. Many of you know that I served honorably in the Corps as well with combat service in Vietnam and I would never slight any honorable Marine or for that matter, any member of any service. However, I have a real problem with this act by the council and have sent the followi
ng email to each of them:

Whereas I appreciate the service of Cpl. Daniels as I served honorably in the US Marine Corps as well; I believe this proclamation sets a bad precedence. Are you planning to do this for every service member that returns from Troy? In our parish alone, there are over 30 young men and women serving in the US Armed Services that are residents of Troy. By only recognizing one person, you are slighting the accomplishments of these other fine veterans when they return to their home city.

Furthermore I believe that this proclamation is politically motivated by singling out one service member who is the son of the Mayor that is faced with a recall in November.

19 comments:

  1. While I honor her son's service, I agree with the letter. In addition, she plans to use the uniform of the United States, which represents all of us, as a political tool. It is undignified and it is against several DOD directives and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. He will be off duty and to wear it during a speech that is politically timed to stave off a recall effort in support of a clearly partisan Mayor is completely inappropriate. Again, his service is to be commended; her actions once again show a complete disregard for ethics and proper decorum.

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  2. What is the history of doing this in the city? Aren't Veterans Day and Memorial Day the days we honor all Troy veterans equally in the city. This really is not appropriate for one individual. I would urge the families of all current military personnel in the city of Troy contact the Mayor and council to demand that their loved ones that are serving get equal recognition.
    I think that her son should be recognized as part of a greater whole of men and women serving. Otherwise, this really does smack of political gamesmanship. What is the criteria for a city proclamation? There should be some, otherwise it will be co-opted for political gain every election cycle.

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  3. I find it very disturbing that the last line reads: "Be it further resolved that the City of Troy encourages citizens, schools, and businesses in the City of Troy to use this occasion to recognize, honor and show appreciation to Corporal **** for his dedicated service and sacrifice to our Nation."
    This line could have redeemed the whole matter by reminding all of these people and institutions to honor ALL of our servicemen and veterans. But no, we are only to honor one.
    It's ludicrous!!
    I think the whole city dropped the ball on this. Who on earth wrote this? Janice Daniels? Martin Howrylak?

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    1. It's my understanding that proclamations are generally written by city staff members; such as the clerk or community affairs. This has the Mayor written all over it. Those staff members are experienced at such matters and their spelling, grammar and formatting are perfect. This does not read like others I've seen ( for example: September 10, 2012 would be THE official date, if it's AN date that means there must be other official dates also).
      In any case, too bad this honorable young man has been drawn into his mother's political drama, he doesn't deserve it.

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  4. Tell you another thing, I've heard from two people that she happily admitted to them she asked her son to appear at a city council meeting in full uniform, salute her and say, "Reporting for duty, Mayor Daniels!"
    She also admitted his response was that he couldn't do such a thing.
    This is a perfect example of what's wrong with her. Janice Daniels is so lost in her own importance she cares about nothing and no one else. That makes her a very, very, very bad leader and public servant.

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  6. What she is asking her son to do is going to lead him into trouble. He has to go thru ethics training every single year. If he somehow isn't aware that this is wrong, then she is leading him astray, which I find distrubing as a parent. Also, how are businesses supposed to show appreciation- free meals, gifts, perks - sounds like a gift grab to me. There needs to be documention of this event - pictures, recording, etc. I for one, plan to file a complaint with a JAG office if this is improper.

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  7. We have a retired two star General who lives in Troy. He is the veteren of multiple wars. She hasn't done this for him, or all the others who have served. As a matter of fact, she and her TCU group think that those who are paid with taxpayer dollars (i.e., miltary) are looters and a drain on her pocketbook. Her hypocrisy is astounding.

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  8. If you look back at the council archives, there is a common practice of issuing "welcome back" proclamations. Here is a link to one of them. http://www.troymi.gov:85/LibertyIMS::/sidW1871nGQzqJ56L4j/Cmd%3DGetRawDocument%3BFolder%3D%2338%3BDoc%3Dcfc%3Bformat%3DLIC%3BRetrieve%3D1/07.05.14%20Agenda%20-%20E-03d%20Welcome%20Home%20Lance%20Corporal%20Cameron%20Mattox.pdf

    Not defending her or her political motivations for moving the State of the City Address, but just mentioning that there is precedent for issuing a proclamation for service members returning from tours of duty.

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  9. Yes, as others have said, if you do it for one, you must do it for all. And make sure each is personalized too with parents's names, and high school and graduating class. Maybe Mayor Daniels's Blue Star volunteer group could be co-opted into handling this.

    Funny how the mayor's ideas seque into more areas (bio brouhaha on city website comes first to mind) than the one which her office should mainly be concerned with: Troy's governance. Who knows what's next...I hope her recall.

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  10. The mayor and her son better be careful that he doesn't run afoul of Department of Defense Directive (DODD) 1344.10, which restricts political activity in a campaign year. He needs to consult a JAG officer.

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  11. Hey, I read another proclamation and it is true. The one I saw was identical to Corporal Daniels' proclamation, except for one thing -- the others don't mention the mother by name. :-)
    Many people have thanked me for figuring out the mystery of why Janice Daniels' moved the state of the city address to next week. Now we know.

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  12. Her son needs to consult a JAG officer to make sure he doesn't run afoul of Dept. of Defense Directive 1344.10 which restricts political activity by military personnel especially in an election year.

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  13. I have learned that the city has been doing this since about 2007. Some people choose to attend some don't. As long as the proclamations are the same and presented the same, then I am ok with it. Honoring the military is a good thing for any community. Equal treatment is all I was concerned about in a previous post.

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    1. Treatment can't be equal, since my USMC Lt.Col. husband returned from a one year deployment to the middle east in late July and has yet to receive his.

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    2. Anon, you have to request it yourself from the City.

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  14. It was nice to see him there. And I'm glad the council gave him the proclamation.

    Also, I noticed Janice took advantage of a nice photo op -- I expect to see it in her campaign piece to fight the Recall. That woman is most definitely a politician.

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  15. Her son and all others who serve do deserve all the recognition we can afford them. If her motive was simply that and she's willing to do this whenever possible, good for her and I'll support that effort 100%.
    You are correct though, she is a politician. All the "political outsider" and "citizen legislator" catch phrases she and the others mouth are nothing more that rhetoric. When every other thing she does is politically motivated it does cause one to be suspect of her reasons for doing this. I'll give her the benefit of doubt on this; but, I'll remain cautious and vigilant.
    As today is 9/11 I think of those who selflessly gave their lives and in many cases their health at the WTC. There was no political ideology or ulterior motive behind their efforts. They didn't stop to think of their pensions, how much this day could mean to them in overtime pay or what political advantage their efforts would yield. Those on flight 93 did not stop to consider the political ramifications of their actions; those people were true, self sacrificing leaders. Subsequently, our military people (including Corporal Daniels) voluntarily sacrificed their lives, limbs and comforts of the American life style to serve us. Two days ago a West Bloomfield Twp. Police Officer went on a call he could have avoided; it cost him his life. I'm sure his public pension and pay check weren't considered when he made that decision.
    All these heroic actions have one thing in common; a sense of service, honor and responsibility that exceeds self interest.
    When the only thing that is on line is re-election why can't our elected leaders embrace this philosophy? I couldn't care less about the political affiliation of the Mayor or Council. I want selfless, honorable leadership. We have a right to that and if the Mayor or her supporters think she's providing it, they need to do some serious soul searching.

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    1. Wow. That is amazingly well stated.

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