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Thursday, November 8, 2012

Wanting peace

OK.
I know it's easy for me to say, but I want peace now.
This tug-o-war in Troy has been going on for a while.
I plugged into it in February of 2010, when the millage increase failed.
I became more and more angry as JD and others fought against saving the library. They won again that November, defeating Proposal 1.
We have all won and lost.
There's a stalemate now, I hope.
JD has lost and Howrylak has won. It's an odd outcome that tells us it's time for a truce.
I agree with Janice Daniels about one thing. She said somewhere this week that her detractors didn't dislike her for her views but for her style.
That's true.
I'm sure many members of city council share her belief system. But when it's irrelevant to the current management and future good of our city, they keep it to themselves.
Janice couldn't do that.
The mayor, who was to be primarily the ceremonial face of Troy, could not keep her social moralistic opinions to herself, endangering Troy, our property values, our retail businesses, and our relationships with other entities.
But she is gone.
I hope we can all call a truce, now. Certainly all of the city council members look forward to a day when the same old people stop coming to the council meeting mic and saying the same old thing over and over and over again.
They want to get the city's business done and go home to their families.
I don't want to be a watchdog of the council and mayor any longer either. I want to do better, nicer things.
After 2.5 years, I want my life back.
I hope, pray and truly BELIEVE that the current council is going to do the right thing and choose people who do just want to get along, who do want to get the work done and go home.
They know how very important it is to help Troy heal and win back the trust of the citizens.
It's time for peace.

22 comments:

  1. I don't see the recall as that great a victory. How can 47.8% of Troy vote to keep her, after everything that has happened? That is almost certainly more people voting for her on Tuesday than voted for her the first time.

    I was thinking it would be a 70-75% vote for recall. Clearly, there are a lot more people in Troy who think like Daniels, or who at least think that Daniels is within the bounds of acceptability, than I had guessed.

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    1. I'm not so sure about that. Many still believed she was a fighter for the Library. And many just don't believe in the idea of "Recall" to begin with. In a "Red" city such as Troy, this is a significant victory. Just look at how Howrylak barely eeked out a victory. People are paying attention. That's a victory right there. There is a chance for good, solid Republicans to step up. Let's hope they do!

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    2. Amen to this! Let the political games and the need to watchdog them stop. And let the healing begin. We will have a new City Manager with no baggage and a new mayor who will likely be far less polarizing. Hopefully, this will set Troy back on course and remove the dynamic of "shouty shouting" and repetitive misinformation being spewed at the council microphone. I have faith in the remaining council members to steer us on the course to calmer civic discourse. I do. Let's support them in that effort and get back to our normal lives when Monday night was not "must-see TV."

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    3. We can be vigilant now and be quiet.

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  2. Hope events prove you all right.

    Me, I don't believe TCU will let this go. Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty, so Sue and Sharon, hold on to the URL.

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  3. Over at TCU and Henderson's FB page, they're already floating the name Ed Kempen around for replacement mayor or councilman. I suggest you keep up your guard.

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    1. Can't we(all of Troy) come up with someone who does not have a past history with the library? Geez, Janice Daniels was enough! I hope Dave Henderson is not endorsing this name. There must be some conservative Troy Republican that is not TCU, but would still be acceptable to them.

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    2. "There must be some conservative Troy Republican that is not TCU, but would still be acceptable to them"

      Sorry 2:28. That is not how they operate. That would be admitting to defeat. TCU and it's backers will not conciliate, they will go on the attack. To do anything less will be admitting defeat and impotence on their part (in their minds). They won't back down, they'll double down.

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    3. Wary and Weary in TroyNovember 9, 2012 at 3:48 PM

      Ed Kempen circulated a false petition using the Friends of the Library name to confuse and tank the library millage. He admitted that he did not have information about library funding and the operation of the library while working against saving it. He is NOT a neutral non-partisan person for the job. He is yet another TCU puppet, ideologue who failed to win a council seat when he ran for council.
      Once again, saying they should pick a conservative, Republican is failing to get the message. We need a person who does not have an ox to gore. No partisan insiders. This is a non-partisan position. Keep hammering that home or we will be right back where we started.

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    4. Ed Kempen?! Talk about another polarizing figure. I wish the TCU would give it up. If that's the name they advance, there will be continued arguing and mistrust.

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    5. In response to Ed Kempen being recommended for the mayor/councilman spot Dave Henderson replied, "I would hope he puts his hat in the ring." Dave seems a little tone deaf when it comes to this situation.

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    6. Wary and Weary, I'm Anon 2:28. I agree completely that the picking process should emphasize the neutral and non-partisan aspect. But just among ourselves, you know TCU will be looking at party affiliation. It has been mentioned before on Patch but I think someone like the current interim city manager Culpepper would be good, someone who concentrates on the job at hand, and has no history of prior involvement in Troy politics.

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    7. From the mouth of Ed Kempen:

      I coordinated the Taxpayer Protection amendment for our City Charter. When city council wanted to close the library I started a petition gathering campaign to Save Our Library with No New Taxes. When the city tried to disqualify the petition I fought city hall in court. When that failed due to a liberal activist judge's opinion (not legislated law) I could have appealed at great expense, but instead started another petition drive. The city responded with the August surprise election, and committed to kill the library, unless a tax was passed. Three weeks after people passed the millage, the city found the funds that didn't exist in their court case, that didn't exist just weeks prior to the election.

      In the Troy Times, my opponents said I'm scary, but residents know I care; not for fat cat perks and pensions; but for the average citizens' needs.

      Sound familiar?? Ed Kempen is the male version of Janice Daniels.

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    8. Kempen should NOT be considered. He is another divisive player on the scene. Fact: the city did not suddenly find funds. Those were funds that came from employee concessions, concessions that had not yet been negotiated at the time of the court case and concessions that were not a given at the time the decision was made to put the library millage on the ballot. Those concessions then allowed for the restoration of snow plowing funds and the ability to keep police officers they were going to have to lay off otherwise. Employees made these concessions happen by opening contracts earlier than required. For Kempen and the TCU to play politics with their sacrifice is aggravating.

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  4. Elizabeth Warren, Senator Elect of Mass. summed it up nicely. She said (and I paraphrase) "I don't care if you are a Democrat, Republican, Libertarian, Contrarian or Vegetarian" we are elected to come together and do the work of the people. Amen to that.
    I never knew what party Robin Beltramini was, I don't know the religious background of Maureen McGinnis, nor do I care to. I want our council-manager form of govt to work on advancing the causes and needs of Troy residents and businesses. Period. Our city is not a petri dish for personal causes and ideologies. We need to move forward to civility, constructive ideas, and good stewardship for the long term. Let's do that.

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  5. I think Robin Beltramini, if she was willing, would be an outstanding choice. She has experience on council and is familiar with staff. This is all of course, if we cant get Sue, Ellen, or Edna to throw in for mayor. = )

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    1. Thanks for the vote of support! But, I know I am viewed as polarizing. To put my name in would be a prescription for continued political games in the community. A councilman's reaction to me when I was expressing some concerns tells me I am extremely disliked and looked down upon. I believe I would do a disservice to helping the community heal if I were to throw my hat in.

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  6. So Sue and Sharon...about that standing down thing...

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  7. I think council would be EXTREMELY wise to choose someone who has not been involved in Troy politics since before the library crisis days.

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  8. There are many people who have given their time generously to the City in businesses, non-profits or other areas for years that would be the kind of non-partisans for the job. People who are respected, have Troy as a focus and know how to work with people of all kinds to get things done. This is a town of 81,000. Surely the net can be cast to get someone to fill the seat for 1 year that is that kind of person. Attend Leadership Troy, Rotary or Community Coalition and see rooms full of them.

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  9. Please write to council to tell them what you want in a new mayor. Again, I can't imagine anyone wants to make any more trouble. We ALL want the drama to end. And i do hope Dave Henderson understands that.

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  10. How about Frank Gerstenecker? No long term interest in being Mayor, high degree of integrity, extremely knowledgeable, no learning curve,and has the best interests of Troy at heart.

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