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Saturday, September 15, 2012

Pillars of Sand

I attended last night's Troy Family Daze Opening Ceremonies...the second time I've seen that particular portion of the festival in any iteration of the festival itself. It's a very heart-warming and homey portion of the event.  Local Scout troops serve as Honor Guard, the Troy Community Chorus provides entertainment with patriotic songs, and the organizers of the festival have a chance to speak, share and  recognize each other's hard work.  Troy High School alumni and Fox 2 reporter Roop Raj was the MC.  Roop ALWAYS says nice things about our city, and it's so appreciated to have that support for what we all know is a great community.

Several local dignitaries were also in attendance, including  Councilmen Dave Henderson and Wade Fleming, County Commissioner Bob Gosselin, Mayor Janice Daniels and Troy's Distinguished Citizen Terry Knight.  The Mayor spoke briefly...albeit uncomfortably...and the reception from the individuals in attendance was cordial.


I couldn't help but notice, however, a distinct dichotomy from last year's opening.  First was the crowd...this year's was nearly half what I remember counting last year.  Then there were those dignitaries...last year, the entire council and several individuals from the city were there...some with family and friends.  Granted, the ceremony was a full hour and a half later this year, and I understand that personal commitments often interfere.  But even local candidates running for office, the mayor's own supporters (who are ALWAYS with her) and other recognizable local faces who attend nearly every political, social or family event were noticeably absent.

It was suggested that maybe it's merely another consequence of the Mayor's own actions since taking office.  Perhaps people are distancing themselves from her in growing numbers.  I have to say I was inclined to agree as I watched the ceremony come to a close.  What I saw later only cemented that hunch.

After the opening, a small group of us Recall Janice Daniels supporters walked the midway -- a noisy cluster of rides, food trucks, eager teenagers and frazzled parents of toddlers running excitedly through the crowds.  Though we wore t-shirts printed with a recall logo, we did not hand out anything nor purposefully engage attendees.  In fact, we often chatted about everything BUT the recall...our lives, our children, the fair, and so forth.  We would stop every so many feet and look at the nausea-inducing rides and marvel at anyone who could partake without losing their just-ingested corn dog or funnel cake.  We were approached many times, though, by other residents asking excitedly where they could get t-shirts.  We were asked by some, "Who is Janice Daniels?" and why should she be recalled.  We were told of  several "YES" votes for the November RECALL election.

A short time later, we noticed a solitary figure make her way slowly through the area.  It was the Mayor.  She was smiling blankly and looking at no one in particular, and did not stop to speak to anyone at any time I happened to see her.  Though she understandably averted her eyes (and rather dramatically turned her entire body away)  FROM US, she didn't appear to be avoiding anything or anyone else.   Two or three times she crossed our path in the small circle of the midway.  Only near the end of our tour of the area did I see someone purposefully approach her with an outreached hand to shake hers.

It was one of the Troy Family Daze workers.  He was carrying a bag of trash out to some dumpsters.  He smiled, she responded in kind and reached to shake his hand, and he said quite loudly, "DID YOU GET RECALLED YET?"  He didn't miss a beat or wait for an answer, and he walked away.  The Mayor let go of his hand and moved on as well...alone...again.

Now, it's no secret how I feel about the Mayor's ACTIONS.  I've written, spoken and shared on social media that she's been a disappointment to me and growing numbers of Troy citizens since long before she took office.  I don't like her POLITICALLY, but I don't know her PERSONALLY.

I do know, however, that what I saw last night made me feel  some level of sympathy for Janice Daniels, the person.  It's obviously lonely at the top of her particular heap.  It makes it even more clear that the most humane thing that could happen for her now would be to resign.

Because if the reception WE received by citizens willing to QUITE LITERALLY take the RECALL shirts off our backs is any indication...she's on her way out anyway...


42 comments:

  1. Sue, I felt the same sway about the mayor initially when she was pounded at public comment when the gay slur story came out. I do have compassion for her as a human being, I really do. But then instead of a sincere apology or compassion on her part towards the people she has insulted, she chooses to stand her ground and continue to denigrate others or put her ideology before the will of the community. I can't respect someone like that and I certainly don't want her representing me.

    She reminds me of the bible story of Pharaoh hardening his heart by stubbornly refusing to let the Hebrew people leave Egypt. Even with 10 plagues, his heart was still hardened. Even with calls for her to apologize those she hurt, and to resign, as her support continues to wane, Janice Daniels stubbornly refuses to give up. Because she has ignored many opportunities to resign gracefully, it looks like this November things will go as well for Janice Daniels as it did for Pharaoh.

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  2. I have a recall sign on my lawn, and I've been approached by people asking where they can get one. Nobody has said anything nice about the mayor or complained about the sign.

    She is in over her head. What you observed at Troy Daze and said about how she appeared is very telling.

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  3. I certainly do feel incredibly sorry for her. I did from the very first. But, I also know she has been the root cause for the divisive environment that has evolved here in Troy since she appeared loudly on the scene several years ago. Now that she has added to her political rhetoric a hard, misinformed stance on social issues, even more divisiveness occurs. It is no surprise to me that she is experiencing pushback and all-out rejection.

    Troy deserves a different style of leadership. Resigning would be the best thing for this great city and, of even more importance, for her. It's time for the negativity of the TCU, Bob Gosselin, Janice Daniels, Deb Debacker, Martin Howrylak, Wade Fleming, Dave Henderson, Doug Tietz, Ed Kempen, Barbara Harrell, Cristian Teodoridis to be gone. The storm of rejection of their harmful politics has come in. And, unfortunately for her, Janice is the lightning rod. A situation completely of her own making and one she should remove herself from.

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  4. She hurt someone I love very much with her harmful words. He has struggled tremendously since witnessing her homophobia and the fact that she seemingly got away with it. God bless the Recall Team for stepping up and providing a way to speak out against this. God bless them. A young person at an impressionable age has found some solace in that. But the emotional harm in the meantime brings me to tears. I do not feel sorry for her. Actions/words have consequences. She keeps repeating the mistake which speaks volumes. I do not feel sorry for her. But I do pray for her.

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  5. She is her own worst enemy. She is very vindictive and can't see that just simply being kind to people would go a long way. But she has to constantly go after people who don't think like her, instead of trying to work with them (which is her job as Mayor). If you signed the recall petition or circulated one, she will point this out if you contact her and won't provide a response to your email. Really telling, since recall or not we all pay taxes and she is supposed to represent all, not just those who think in lock step like her.

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  6. I saw the same lack of interaction with the public at the Taste of Troy event last Spring. I saw people of every background and philosophy greeting others of every background in a warm, friendly manner, with not a word for Janice. She walked alone. I would feel sorry for her personally, but she has made her own bed, as my mom used to say. She has been hostile and arrogant. She has fostered bigotry. She and her buddies have driven a wedge into this community that I had never seen in the 36 years I've lived here. It is time for her to leave.

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  7. I feel sorry for her as a person, but we cannot let her represent our city anymore. To me, this has never been personal...she just isn't fit for this role. Once before in my career, I had to fire someone. It sucked, but it was necessary because the person couldn't do the job. I see this as no different. This is a situation she caused, and she could have avoided all of this by resigning months ago when she should have.

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  8. There is a fine line between empathy and enabling.

    While I have some empathy for the mayor, she will hopefully suffer the public admonishment of being recalled. The real blame for the mayor's public misfortunes belongs to the puppeteers that are responsible for her candidacy and election. On the other hand, perhaps what the puppetmasters wanted was a martyr.

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  9. I don't agree with the recall. If I saw your t-shirts, I would respectfully move on wihout a debate. I want to go to the fair to have fun and not be slammed with political messages. Gosh, I hear and see them all the time. I'd feel just the same for any pro-Janice t-shirt -- just give me a break!

    So you would never know I was against the movement. But you see the enthusiam of those who agree with you or those who are interested. Beware of your enthusiam. Just beacuse you get high-fives from one side and silence from another, doesn't mean your side is winning. If you talk with only people who agree with you, of course you'll always think you're winning.

    Doesn't that beg the question: is your observation founded on wishful dreams and a pillar of sand?

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  10. Or it could beg another question: are you assuming we are only talking with people who agree with us?

    The reality is we are not.

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  11. Regarding sympathy for the Mayor: You reap what you sow.

    She has trafficked in the politics of lying, bigotry and abuse for as long as I've been aware of her. She claims she is deserving of respect, but has shown none to anyone outside of her TCU cohort. She has intentionally hurt people whom she has never met with her slurs and done major damage to the reputation of the City of Troy as a welcoming, inclusive community, the very reputation that has brought thousands of immigrant families into our city and led to our schools being ranked highly and our real estate values going up for years. And she's done all this because she doesn't have the sense you'd expect in a 9th grader.

    Do I feel sympathy for her? Hmm. No.

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  12. Regarding the possibility that the recall movement doesn't have broad public support I would to point out a couple of recent personal experiences. Last week while at a business meeting in Lansing I was approached a member of the firm hosting the meeting who specifically asked about the recall stating that Mayor has been the topic of discussion in his office and the sentiment is she's embarrassing and should be recalled. Others in that office heard the conversation and agreed. This past weekend while attending a professional social dinner attended by a large group of Troy residents and people active in the community the Mayor was a prime topic of discussion. To a person this largely conservative, professional group of people supported the recall. Some even shared stories about the Mayor I hadn't heard before and won't repeat as I have no verification of the stories veracity.
    So, while largely anecdotal, it appears the community sentiment supports recall.
    A Conservative Concerned Troy Supporter

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  13. She was elected by a majority of the voters and voted exactly as she said she would. She made unfortunate and not well-considered statements, some before she decided to run, and while I too consider her prior activism to be less and open and fair, I think the personal vilification of this woman has been crude and more offensive than anything I've hear her say. So she thinks gay marriage is not marriage. So do a great many people. Does that make her "homophobic?" That's just a weak slur by those who hate as much as those they claim hate. And I'm appalled at how after all this effort to destroy her just because you don't like her, and that's the only explanation (and I don't care how many people agree, it's wrong to recall on that basis and it's wrong to accuse her of "abusing" the staff when she went after the biggest abuser of staff in the history of this city, John Szerlag), you now "feel" for this woman. I'm disgusted with Troy and looking to move out and it has very little to do with Janice Daniels. And no, I didn't vote for her, fought against her in the past, but I'm voting NO on the recall.

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    1. She told children the gay lifestyle was dangerous. While she was mayor. Which is factually incorrect, and the wrong thing for a mayor to say to children in any case, as she is unqualified to say such things and it isn't her job to do so. She has never apologized or acknowledged that she wrong for doing it. Spreading false information, including going on the radio, about a group of people who get pushed around is lousy thing to do. Especially when you are supposed to be representing such people too. That is why I support the recall.

      Incidentally, more people signed the recall petition than voted for her, and some signers voted for her.

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    2. It's not "factually incorrect" to say the gay lifestyle is dangerous. Putting aside the fact that people are still dying of AIDS, it's dangerous to family relationships and mental well-being of these young people. Know any gay people? I do; dear friends, I might add. And most are alienated from family and most friends. And the result of this is almost always depression, sometimes drug abuse and occasionally even suicide. I don't know any gay people who are not in therapy.

      And they were not "children." They were High School students who confronted her en masse and demanded answers. This is an actual fact. She actually handled herself with relative aplomb and the tape proves it, the tape the proved the kids lied about what she said in the first place.

      That should have been the end of this sad spectacle. But no, we need to gnaw at this wound until it becomes gangrenous when we could have just put tape over it and waited until it healed (in three years). Mark my words, this won't be the last recall Troy will endure. You can congratulate yourselves for that because the half the city you are alienating will be angry.

      And yes, it's true more people signed the petition than voted for her, people like me, who didn't vote for her either, but signed the petition before I was sickened by the personal attacks and indefensible arguments that she did exactly what she said she'd do. This woman can't breathe without being criticized. This is personal and abusive. You hate her and now that you are feeling like you might succeed you are trying to salve your guilty consciences by expressing "concern" and "sympathy" for someone you savaged relentlessly. I'm not a fan of hers, but I saw this for what it was from the start - a purely political move exploiting people's emotions and a corruption of the democratic process.

      P.S. The signature count for the recall still only accounts for about half the votes against the library election two year ago. The last presidential election had about 35,000 voters in Troy, as opposed to the 15,000 in the last mayoral election. Did you know that? Probably not.

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    3. The "gay lifestyle" is not dangerous. In fact there is no such thing. It is a made up term from the culture wars used to beat up on gay people.

      Yes I know quite a few gay family and friends. Some are living perfectly happy lives like everyone else. You said it yourself, it isn't the lifestyle that is dangerous, it is the bigotry of others. Do you know it is also psychologically damaging to live life in the closet? I bet not.

      They were high school kids. Period. She was combative, obnoxious, and offensive and the tape proves it beyond a shadow of a doubt. And they deserved answers.

      The elections you are talking about were held at different times of year, of course there were different turnouts.

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    4. How can the the sad spectacle have an end when she keeps doing things like going on the radio and saying more ignorant things?

      Here is an article debunking what JD said about the "gay lifestyle":

      http://www.deadlinedetroit.com/articles/776/janice_daniels_is_just_plain_wrong_about_dangers_of_homosexual_lifestyle

      There is a discussion with one of if not the foremost expert psychiatrist on the topic.

      And weren't the high school students trying to talk to her about an anti-bullying event? Wasn't she the one who brought up the gay thing?

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    5. AnonymousSeptember 17, 2012 6:14 PM you say “she made unfortunate and not well-considered statements.” Well, she should have learned by now to think before you speak. One would assume that you learn from your mistakes and do your best not to repeat them. She has not.

      Did you know that she wants to implement a “Community Marriage Policy?” What gives her the power to tell others how to live their lives and have a stable marriage. This, in lieu of the fact that she has been divorced. She has no business butting into the religious aspects of her constituents.

      I understand you are upset with the recall. I am also concerned that it has come to this. However, I would prefer to save my community’s reputation and protect my property values than let this behavior continue. If this is just “a purely political move exploiting people's emotions and a corruption of the democratic process,” then why is there so much interest from outside the community. If we are hearing that people are laughing, shocked, and disgusted with her behavior outside our community, don’t you think it’s a concrete issue?

      As far as John Szerlag being “the biggest abuser of staff,” what proof do you have? We have facts to support every allegation.

      She gave our city another “black eye” when she callously dismissed Fire Chief Nelson’s achievement in being named “Fire Chief of the Year.” Is this how you want Troy leadership to behave?

      I guess I am struggling with how you can make this “personal.” Please help me understand what has been done that has been “personal.” This is all based on her inappropriate and inept behavior as Mayor and its impact on our fine city (which she brought upon herself.) I have reached out to her to understand what she is trying to convey and achieve, based on her statements. I have been trying to get answers to some questions since July, only to receive responses that lack clarity and side step the answer. Where is the transparency?

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    6. "I guess I am struggling with how you can make this “personal.” Please help me understand what has been done that has been “personal.”

      Did you miss the mocking comments about hairstyle, hats, marital status, and even some reference to cats and eating them that I saw somewhere? Yes, she said some bad stuff, but the attacks in retribution have been unbelievable! And its 'not enough' to wait until the recall vote in November. The attacks just keep on coming as though there is some odd feeding frenzy going on.

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    7. The Recall group was not involved with those. I also saw them, however, I believe most were on National sites or comments to newspaper articles. As mentioned, her behavior has sparked National and even International attention and not the positive kind. You're accusations were geared toward the members of the Recall. The Recall group cannot regulate comments coming from others. The Recall has been very diligent in doing their homework and making sure to deal with the facts and stressing the importance of the same. This is about her performance. I don't care how she wears her hair, what she wears or what her diet is, as long as she did her job with knowledge, integrity and professionalism. I also don't care about her marital status for the same reasons and as long as she does not try to shove her ideologies about the same down her constituents throats.

      If you look at all the information contained on and in the Recall sites, you will find it is not personal. I suggest you go to www.recalljanice.com and read some of the information.

      I am curious, though, do you feel comfortable with the way things have been handled, as mentioned above? Are you proud of the job Janice has done? Is this the way you want your city represented?

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    8. "You're accusations were geared toward the members of the Recall".. well, first, these weren't accusations, you yourself admit that you have seen these comments, so, no accusation there but 'facts'. The comments were made. let's also address whether the comments were geared specifically toward members of the recall. They were not. The 'accusations' (as you put it) were directed at those who made the comments. If you want to say that by association the recall group gets thrown in, I suppose that is accurate. However, the 'nastiness' of this gives those who have legitimate concerns for what is happening a bad name.

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    9. There is nastiess on every political issue by some fringe elements, that does not mean it is fair or reasonable to paint everyone with a wide brush. It's not like the supporters of the mayor are innocent of this. Plenty of nasty coming from that side.

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    10. " Plenty of nasty coming from that side."

      Way back when we were little ones, momma always told us two wrongs dont make a right. Just because Jimmy jumps off the end of the dock doesnt mean you should.

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    11. Not the point. The point is there are people who will be nasty on every side. It is silly unreasonable and unfair to judge all by the fringe elements.

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  14. I have followed Mayor Daniels long before she was elected to office. I watched as she stood at the podium during council meetings making her disparaging and negative remarks to city council about the transit center, library or anything that council supported in trying to make our city a better place to live.

    It is not just her, but the people she aligns herself with that I do not support. I hope the last election was a wake up call to those who did not vote because there are many others just like her waiting to take her place.

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  15. Wary and Weary in TroySeptember 17, 2012 at 9:23 PM

    Janice Daniels is the public face and mouthpiece of a group that has previously operated under the radar to most residents of Troy that were going about their lives with little interest in city politics. Troy Citizens United and the Bob Gosselin posse have methodically and fairly unchecked, been doing things around this city to advance a very narrow and troubling ideology. When the library issue became front and center they, and especially Daniels because she was a weekly vocal opponent, came out of the shadows. The lies, dirty tricks and malicious behavior was now out there for all to see. That is when the sleeping masses awakened and decided to stand up to what was happening.
    It is interesting to hear people act as though the library millage supporters, Trust, or the Recall supporters are somehow responsible for the ugly turn the city has taken. That is simply a gross misrepresentation of the facts, as usual. It is completely absurd that because average citizens exercise their rights, they are chastised for doing so. Where was the outrage when TCU and Daniels and Howrylak were lying and disrespecting this city? It is a two way street.
    If Daniels is so great why was it no problem to get 9,000 signatures to recall her? Why every time I go out the city or state and mention Troy they ask about the "crazy mayor?" It is because she is a problem and a liability for our short and long term success as a city. So for that reason, among many others, she must go.

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    1. I agree with the above and previous posters, that it is just not Daniels, but a small group of extreme right wingers that have waged a war against this city, playing dirty, and also pulling in national politics, religion and social issues. I'm sick of Daniels and of them. Daniels came into office full of bluster, ego, and ranting her ideololgy, but also, oddly, like a socialite being very interested in the ceremonial accoutrements of the office. If she had just shown the latter persona, she might not be facing a recall. Even if the recall doesn't go through, I'm happy that more citizens are paying attention to our local city government...it puts the pressure on the city council and mayor to govern rationally.

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  16. I contend that if you lie before getting into office (Ms. Daniels and TCU's numerous lie and distortion-filled campaigns to defeat the millages intended to save city services) and like to get into office (Ms. Daniels intentionally not identifying herself as a Tea Party Libertarian during her run for mayor), you will most likely lie while in office.

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  17. So, Faber Grad, your argument then is that we recall all politicians, no? Or just the ones we don't like? I'm just trying to get a clear picture here of the how "principled" this mob truly is.

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    1. Wary and Weary in TroySeptember 19, 2012 at 9:11 AM

      Dear Anonymous 11:38pm: you really don't care about principles or the answers to your questions. This is a simply that the supporters of the TCU/Daniels team can't stand the fact that they are now being called out and held up to the light. They were so incredibly disrespectful of the past mayor and some members of council that it was sickening. So, please spare us the fake displeasure. I guess groups of citizens coming together to take a stand on an issue you don't agree with is a mob. But when it is something you agree with it is a constitutional right. I can see that all men are not created equal in your world or Daniels because she expects to be treated differently/better than she treated Louise Schilling and you want your citizenry to get to say and do whatever they want and the rest are angry mobs. Huh. Gotcha.

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    2. 'Condescending' Louise? Seriously. LOL!

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    3. It's a character issue for me. Watching city council meetings this past year reinforces what serving as Mayor and/or city council member really means. It involves level-headedness, fairness, common sense and often compromise, especially when there are multi-faceted issues, and competing interests which are at odds with each other. I am thinking of not only the big issue of the Transit Center, but also the IB academy and the new development on Big Beaver/Alpine where the interests of the city or business vies against the interests of the local residents. Also the distracted driving ordinance, Safety vs law overkill? These are issues that deserve serious consideration and the wisdom of Solomon, there are not cut and dried answers for them found in the Constitution or in a political ideaology.
      Mayor Daniels in her 1 year term so far has shaken my confidence in her ability to handle the role to which she was elected, i.e., level-headedness, fairness, commen sense, and compromise are not adjectives which could be applied to her performance, instead I see plenty of posturing, ego, an unfortunate tendency to grab onto the media spotlight, and to create controversy. She's not seriously "into" (as the youngsters would say) the substance of this mundane and unglamorous but vitally important job. So I will be voting Yes on the recall and hope Daniels will find her true calling elsewhere. The best for me of her tenure so far, was the "Mayor for a Day" contest, it's the aw cute factor with the kids, but is that really the main gist of the job? No.

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    4. I believe I was being very specific regarding Daniels and lying. What part of that wasn't clear in what I wrote in my note?

      Other than Maroun's incredible lie-filled campaign to stop the new international bridge, I don't think many of us have seen more lies in any local political campaigns than what TCU, Janice Daniels, Martin Howrylak and Bob Gosselin have upchucked upon us in the last 3-5 years.

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  18. Daniels and those who support her will never see their behavior as nothing other than their constitutional right. So it is our constitutional right to recall the mayor and that is what has been done. Thank you wary and weary in Troy.

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  19. it is our constitutional right to recall the mayor and that is what has been done. "

    Not yet.

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    1. It was their right to put it on the ballot and that is what has been done.

      Sheesh, Anon 11:38, 12:32 and 4:07. You just luv pot stirring... I can actually see your satisfied smirk with every post you make.

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    2. It is called trolling.

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  20. This whole episode involving Mayor Daniels is both frustrating and embarrassing. Typically I line up on the right and plan on continuing to do so; however, this fight isn't about conservatism vs. liberalism. When I've detected posters to this blog utilizing national political issues to attack the Mayor I have challenged them. Why? Because that's what the Mayor's done and that frustrates me. The city is facing major financial challenges, office vacancies are at an all time high, services have been cut back, the police department has lost over 30 officers, the library situation is tenuous at best, and the VOLUNTEER based fire department has even endured cut backs. So what does the Mayor do? She picks a fight with gay people, promotes some sort of marriage compact, promotes a children's mayor for day essay contest, scolds the city manager in public, and votes no virtually ever matter intended to promote economic growth. Where's the leadership? I don't want the city to go to hell as she promotes her opposition to gay marriage. I want her work hard to help steer the city through this crisis, something she has shown little interest in or aptitude for. So, before her defenders jump up and protest the recall they should take a step back and objectively look at her actions. Fact check what she says, don't accept it as gospel.
    As for the occasional nasty comment; when you make a mud puddle and throw your opponents into it, you are
    bound to get a little mud splashed on you.
    A Conservative Concerned Troy Supporter

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  21. I will never understand those who defend poor behavior and call the party calling out the poor behaviorthe problem. It's a defense mechanism. I will not be called part of a mob, or be told I am destroying the city because I had the "audacity" to call out someone's poor behavior/performance. I have never been involved in local politics and I never heard of Janice Daniels before she ran. Once she became Mayor she got my attention right away because my company was moving people into the area and they were staying away from Troy because of her postion on the library and she topped that with putting an Anti-Asian friend on an important panel (the infamous ChiCom comments). Those were professionals, with high paying jobs, who were interested in Troy until Janice. They moved to Clawson, Rochester, Shelby. So, yes I am judging her because she is screwing with my property values and the reputation of the wonderfully diverse city we live in. It's my right to judge her - she holds an elected position. She RAN for the position. No one forced her. Annonymous, you might not think it's right for people to judge her, but I bet if you met she would judge you. You better be white, straight, Christian, a non-smoker, or you aren't going to pass.

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  22. I have read all the comments and was hoping someone shared in my unease. I agree with Sue. In this instance I do feel bad for Janice Daniels. Why? Lord knows I didn't support her candidacy and I do wholeheartedly support the recall. However, the behavior exhibited by the troy daze worker was completely inappropriate and uncalled for. No one, even Janice Daniels, deserves to be treated in that way. His behavior was rude and offensive. His behavior reflects poorly on the outstanding, professional, and committed people who have organized the recall and on those dedicated people who collected the signatures. I know many of these people and they are kind, polite, compassionate, knowledgeable and do not feel it is necessary to antagonize or bully anyone and would never behave that way in private or in public arenas. I (and I hope I can speak for most of Troy) would like a community who respects and accepts each other. A community who can compromise and work together to achieve a common goal. A community who can leave behind the ugly divisiveness that has plagued us these many years. Publically insulting and trying to humiliate people is not the way to achieve the community we would like to become.

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    1. I think many, many people share in your unease. The whole situation is very uncomfortable. And predictable. So many steps/actions could have and should have been taken by the Mayor herself to set a tone for the acceptance you write about it. What goes around comes around, unfortunately. She took a stand and she had every right to do so. Our community is paying a price, and so is she, for her doing so. It's very sad.

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  23. I just read a story in the Somerset Gazette regarding the Mayor's "State of the City Speech" in which she pointed to Troy's bright future and accomplishments. She acknowledged the work of previous Councils and city administrators. My question is, if things are so great and everybody did a such good work, why did she waste so much of our time complaining about the Council and staff? Was she wrong then or is she wrong now?
    Personally, I think she was wrong then.

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