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Monday, October 28, 2013

Dan Brake tells the Tea Party Tale of Troy

Read all about it here.

And if it's been too long since you've seen Danny in action, you can refresh your memory here.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

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Will she or won't she?

Will Janice Daniels, our disgraced recalled mayor, show up for the League of Women voters "debate" at Walsh College tonight?
Won't it be fun to see?
Besides that trainwreck, however, tonight will be a great opportunity to see how the candidates measure up.

Here's the info. from Troy Patch:
The League of Women Voters of Troy Area will hold its Candidates' Night for Troy City Council onWednesday, October 9, 2013 from 7-8pm at Walsh College Auditorium, 3838 Livernois, Troy 48083.
There are 9 candidates running for 3 city council seats. Due to the number of candidates, we have altered our procedures somewhat. Not all candidates will answer every question and it will go in a rotation that will be explained before the program begins. We ask you be in your seats by 6:40 pm so we can explain this and the candidates can be mic'd for videotaping.
In addition, League will also take questions a little differently. You are welcome to submit
questions in writing in advance by sending them and click on "contact us". If you do not have computer/internet access, you may send the questions to us at our Post Office box which is LWV TA, P.O. Box 99322, Troy, MI 48099. Or you may write questions and submit them when you come to the event. Candidates will not
see the questions in advance.
This program is nonpartisan and will be shown as many times as possible on CMN public access TV channel and video on demand thru your computers via the CMN website.
Also available to voters will be a written Voter Guide obtainable at the Troy Library and Community Center and City Hall and also on

Thursday, October 3, 2013

There She Goes Again

Oh, Janice Daniels...will you never learn?

Nearly a year ago, Ms. Daniels was successfully recalled from her position as Mayor of Troy.  No small feat, the recall seemed to have nearly silenced the most divisive politician Troy had seen in a while -- or ever.  Yet like scum on a pond, Daniels rises to the surface periodically to speak on conservative talk radio to proclaim her patriotic beliefs.

You see, Janice stands for "regulatory law."  She desires to "strengthen and empower" families. She wants to "protect retirement income for seniors."

That's right...she stands for empty campaign statements, fluffy and meaningless phrases, and scare-tactic sound bites targeting seniors.

What Daniels also seems to stand for is misrepresentation couched in over-blown verbosity.  Now attempting a run for city council, she is up to the same old tricks. In the space of a slick, glossy, two-sided (and might I add EXPENSIVE) mailer, she dizzingly arrays text and image, ignoring standard grammar and punctuation rules and -- seemingly -- originality.  As explained here, she all but directly plagiarized the mailer Councilman Dave Henderson used in his campaign.  Not only does this beg the question of who, exactly, is behind Daniels (and perhaps who WAS behind Henderson, a man who has since distanced himself from the worst of the political vermin in this city), it leads us to wonder how this woman thinks she even has a prayer of gaining a seat on council.

Sent to us by a reader, here is her most recent campaign mailer, fact-checked and corrected for your viewing pleasure.

Read for yourself.  And then tell Ms. Daniels we don't want her brand of government here.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Janice Daniels hides her identity on campaign signs

I saw some "Daniels City Council" signs on my way to work today.
Obviously Janice Daniels didn't get the message that Troy doesn't want her when we recalled her last year.
Or did she?
By not using her first name isn't she actually trying to hide who she is from the casual observer?
Of course. That is what these enemies of Troy have been doing for years - attempting to win by tricking those who don't pay attention.
So please, Troy voters, pay attention. Get educated and tell your friends and neighbors that this "Daniels" is actually the Janice Daniels who made an international mockery of our city with her buffoonery.
Let's not have next year's lawn signs read -- "RE-recall Janice Daniels!"

Vote AGAINST Janice Daniels...any way you can.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Back up and ready for fun.

Anything interesting happen while we were down?
Who's running for Troy City Council?

Monday, July 15, 2013

Tom McMillin on Marriage Equality

So how is it this man's attitudes make him sound like he's about 103?
He LOOKS under 70.
When the media wants a bigot, they always knock on Tom McMillin's door.
I love how the black and white makes him look like he is testifying in 1950 -- how fitting.

Friday, July 12, 2013

Tom McMillin linked to ALEC (by his own link!)

Who is ALEC -  It's a group of shadowy rich folks writing laws to change your freedoms (to their liking).
Why do politicians like McMillin pass through any laws they are asked to shove down our throats? Because they get lots of gifts and trips courtesy of the organization.
Read this.
Yeah, I know. Maybe you don't love the DailyKos. But this is great. Hypocrites of any stripe -- even a white one down their back - deserve to be outed.
And how did this fool argue for transparency in government, all the while trying to pass a bill written by a secret organization?

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Horrible news for Rochester and Michigan

That dreaded FOOL Tom McMillin is going to run for state senate.
Don't let him kid you that he's all about saving money and the other things he says. Sure, he says he's against Big Brother, but he wants the government in your bedroom and your house of worship.
He is a BIGOT first and formost, and secondly a member of ALEC -- that group backed by rich people in other states who write laws for people like McMillin to sneak into OUR STATE, pretending he wrote it and that it has anything to do with what we need.
He's a patsy and an extremist.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Congratulations Mayor Slater and Congratulations Troy!!!!

A few years of steady, calm leadership is just what we need.
Now will the nattering nabobs of negativity please put a sock in it for a while?
Or will they be at the next meeting crying, "Unfair, unfair, unfair!"
Can they ever accept the will of the people?

Any day that's a bad day for Boss Gosselin

Is a very good day for Troy!
We got rid of Janice Daniels, and got one of the best leaders troy has seen all in a few months.
If Boss Bob Gosselin, Doug Tietz and Dan Brake hadn't forced the state to sue us, it wouldn't have cost $50,000!

Monday, May 6, 2013

How could anyone vote for Knollenberg now?

Comment over on the Patch:
The mudslinging has not stopped. Another horrible robocall went out this afternoon slamming Mr. Slater with complete lies and twists of information. The idea that Knollenberg is going to be able to re-energize Troy when his supporters are as slimy and divisive as they are is nuts. The mailing this weekend and two robocalls are exactly what sucks the energy right out of this city. And they're from Knollenberg's camp. It's disgusting and is NOT Republican. I do not see how anyone can support him.

Friday, May 3, 2013

Barbara on Marty then. Barbara on Marty now.

It's always fun to see how politics makes for strange bedfellows.  Barbara Harrell, the leader of the Troy-Clawson Republican, is not shy with her opinions.

We already know that her husband, David Harrell, isn't overly fond of Glenn Clark.

But what does she think of Marty Knollenberg?  Back in 2006, she made her opinion known.  Here's how she described him:
like a deer in the headlights …except maybe noisier. His intellectual acumen and general brain power (or lack thereof) notwithstanding, his Daddy intends to see he doesn’t lose because that would make two losses in as many years. If you plan to retire and let your son inherit his kingdom on the Potomac, him being a two-time loser just won’t do!
Here's her quote, in full:

Now that it's 2013, has Barbara had a change of heart now that he's running for Mayor?  You betcha!  This is Barbara in April:

So...what happened?  How did Marty Knollenberg go from being "not the brightest crayon in the box" to "the most experienced candidate" necessary to "re-energize Troy?"

 That's easy to answer.  Barbara Harrell jettisoned her principles to become just another politician.  Just like Marty Knollenberg.

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Marty Knollenberg has no intention of serving a full term as mayor

Marty Knollenberg has no intention of serving a full term as mayor
So why on earth would anyone vote for Marty Knollenberg for mayor of Troy, in a $50,000 special election forced on Troy by his supporters?
That is stone cold crazy.
The fiscal conservatives who are throwing our money away on this election want us to believe it's a GOOD thing that Knollenberg is running for a job he plans to dump out of early and then lead us to yet ANOTHER costly election.
Yes, it is those folks who always whine about how the private sector does a better job than the public sector who want to HIRE A MAN WHO WILL QUIT TO GET A BETTER JOB IN A YEAR.
One of the Knollenberg apologists even says it makes perfect sense that Knollenberg will turn in his letter of resignation, soon after being elected, over on Troy Patch:

"The council meetings I have attended have had a parade of good people from both sides commenting, all speaking the truth, often in anger and frustration. The council members all have to listen to this and still do their thankless jobs for the lowest hourly pay in Troy. Can you blame some of them for wanting to seek higher office after spending time in Purgatroy, oops, Purgatory?"
Oh, so Knollenberg has to quit early because being mayor of Troy is hard?
Awwwww. Poor fella.
This knuckleheaded lapdog simply offers more proof that Troy's self-described "fiscal conservatives" who want government to act like the private sector, are just a bunch of posers. They just want to be in power AT ANY COST!

Would you hire a manager who cost you 50 grand knowing he's going to quit a year later? Naw.

So... why would you hire Marty Knollenberg for Troy?
Hire Dane Slater.

He's no quitter.

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Knollenberg was against the Michigan Anti-Bullying Act. Is this why?

Colbert being pretty serious about Michigan's Bully Law...

Why Does Doug Tietz care more about POLITICS than TROY?

Doug Tietz got his panties in a bunch over the idea that the city would invest $75,000 in two of Troy's cultural gems -- the Historical Museum and the Nature Center -- yet he went out of his way to ensure Troy would pick up the 50 grand tab for the May election.
He didn't simply support the costly special election, which served no other purpose than trying to get a conservative mayor in, he actually pushed it hard in Lansing and the media. You don't have to take my word for it -- read the Trust FOIA'd documents here.
Doug Tietz and his bosses Glenn Clark, Boss Bob Gosselin and Marty Knollenberg were pretty darn quiet over their concern for state law BEFORE Janice Daniels was recalled. One might guess they too were happy to see her go.
So CM Doug, why is investing in Troy's culture -- that serves our children and property values so well -- a waste of money, yet spending $50,000 on this dumb election was something you believed in?
Why do you folks ALWAYS support your political ideologies above Troy's interests?
That's bad leadership!

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Are You Talking out of Your Hat?

In recent months, the debate over city issues has warmed up again.  We had a relatively quiet late winter, but now that the seat of mayor is up for grabs, the rhetoric has been dialed up by some of Troy's most zealous ideologues.

If you follow the Troy Patch, you've seen some of it.

If you don't should.  At least you should before you open your mouth.

Unfortunately, not all loud talkers in the Troy arena think it's important to know the facts before they open their mouths.  One particular Troy Patch blogger repeatedly spews falsehoods, innuendo and downright offensive material.

Partially to combat that, several other informed voices have been participating in the conversation.  If you are informed, consider helping.  If you aren't informed yet, here's a very helpful piece that lists a place to start to get some facts as we are thrust toward May 7th.

Know the facts...then raise your voice.

Work to help Keep Troy Strong.
Keep Mayor Slater on May 7th.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Glenn Clark Keeps It Classy!

If you examine the "Taxpayers of Troy" Facebook page, they describe themselves as "Troy residents, business owners & activists who are concerned about the direction that certain public officials want to move our city to."

"Taxpayers of Troy" says things like this:

Then you have the "Troy Republican Committee," who describe themselves as "an organization of Republicans from across Troy, Michigan. We are conservatives focused on nominating & electing Republicans in Troy, Oakland County & Michigan!"

The Troy Republican Committee says things like this:

So the "Taxpayers of Troy" is a front group for the "Troy Republican Committee" and they have no problem politicizing the disgusting acts at the Boston Marathon to attack Mayor Slater.

Way to keep it classy, Glenn Clark!

Monday, April 15, 2013

Taxpayers of Troy Loves Lawsuits!

Previously, I predicted that there was going to be some form of dirty trick played during this campaign.

Now we know what it is!  The 'Taxpayers of Troy" (FKA "Concerned Troy Citizens;" FKA "Support for Janice Daniels") are proud to announce another lawsuit against the city!

Yes, Glenn Clark and company have been looking for ways to bring embarrassment and negative attention to the city, and this is what they've come up with.

Remember the words of David Harrell, husband to Barbara Harrell and leader of the Troy-Clawson Republican forum:  Everything Glenn Clark does is designed to "undermine anyone that doesn't do what he wants and this is exactly like him.” 

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Marty Has a Plan?

Today, I received Marty Knollenberg's "Three-Point Plan for Economic Growth."  His plan is as follows: First, act as the city's ambassador.  Second, approach every problem by listening.  Third, "re-energize" Troy to "unify" it.

I wish I could be more specific in describing what Mr. Knollenberg intends to do, but his "plan" is sorely lacking in details.  So I have no idea what he's going to do should he be elected as Mayor.

But I do know what he did while a member of the State Legislature.

I know that Marty Knollenberg voted for Public Act 38, a bill designed to amend Public Act 281, also known as the “Income tax act of 1967.”
Which means that Marty Knollenberg voted to cut taxes on business by $1.7 billion while raising taxes on individuals by $1.5 billion, with lower income folks and seniors taking the hardest hits.

The same bill made significant changes to the Homestead Property Tax Credit.  If you have total household resources of $50,000 or have a home with a taxable value of $135,000, the your tax credit went away.  The net effect?  Your taxes increased.

Public Act 38 is so unpopular that Republicans are joining Democrats in calling for repeal.

Which explains why why Marty Knollenberg's "Three-Point Plan" lacks specifics.  Because his plans involve giving away tax breaks to businesses while making seniors pay more.

So when Marty sends you a piece of mail that says he'll "help protect senior services," just know that he doesn't mean your pension.

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Boss Gosselin Has Friends and He's Not Afraid to Call Them

So now we know that Bob Gosselin was attempting to force his will on Troy's City Council by undermining the appointment of Dane Slater to the seat of the Mayor.

Not only was Bob Gosselin undermining Troy's City Council, he was actively soliciting the Attorney General's office to sue Troy, as part of plan to force a February election with two of Gosselin's friends, Dan Brake and Ed Kempen, as the sole candidates.

The video that follows, taken on November 26, 2012, shows Bob Gosselin, along with Dan Brake and Ed Kempen,  as they try to force Troy's City Clerk to accept the applications of Brake and Kempen Mayor in a February election. They are accompanied by Mike Ross, James Grix, Nick Cherasaro, Minesh Baxi, Ksenya Fry, and Ray Watts.

The audio is faint, so we've provided a transcript.  It focuses on Bob Gosselin's phone conversation with Rusty Hills, the spokesman for the Attorney General's office.  The conversation between the two starts at approximately 05:10, when Gosselin can be seen pulling his cell phone from his pocket.

~ 05:32 [Gosselin] Is Rusty Hills there please? Bob Gosselin. It's kind of urgent. Sure. Thank you.

~ 06:12 [Gosselin] “How ya doing? Hey, listen, I'm standing at the clerks office in Troy right now and they refuse to take the applications for the election on February 26th, okay, like the Secretary of State's letter outlined and, uh, I talked to the Oakland County Clerk and they said that the clerk is supposed to take it regardless and hold it until we resolve the problem here, okay? And they refuse to even take the applications and the checks. And so we're going to leave them on the counter here and we got video of it and I think we're going have to push it your way so you can observe what's going on.”

At ~ 07:03 Gosselin puts his cell phone on “speaker” so everyone can listen.

~ 07:04 [Hills] “And you know, uh, it's just, just a mess, I don't know what else to say and I'm sorry it has to know, we have to go through all this...”

~ 07:13 [Gosselin] “Yeah, but uh, Chris Thomas, uh, you said, is absolutely correct from the Secretary of State's office on this matter, right?”

~ 07:19 [Hills] “Yeah. Yeah. Yeah, Thomas is right. Or seems to be. I mean, all he's doing is following state law, and state law says there needs to be another election so the local attorney simply has it wrong...

~ 07:33 [Gosselin] “Okay.”

~ 07:37 [Hills] “You know, I don't remember a situation like this in the past where, you know, the state has provided crystal clear guidance on what the law is and the clerk is going a different way...”

~ 07:47 [Gosselin] Uh huh. Well, its not so much the clerk as the city attorney Lori Bluhm who basically told the city to act...”

~ 07:56 – [Hills] “That's who I meant, yeah, I'm sorry...the city attorney has given advice that's directly in conflict with Secretary of State's Elections Officer...”

~ 08:07 [Gosselin] “Well, what happened here is, uh, Lori Bluhm showed up at the clerk's office and told Mrs Bittner, the city clerk, not to accept them and she basically came to the desk and said we aren't accepting them...okay...and we're...4:00 is the deadline for filing so we're on time, we're timely and so forth... um, what do you think is the next step here that we pursue here?

~ 08:31 [Hills] Oh, um, boy, that's a tough question...ah, you know I'm not a lawyer and I don't, we don't give personal advice in this situation...I, I do know an individual, I think it's Michael Ross, has filed a complaint with us...I passed it along to our attorneys...

~ 08:45 – [Gosselin] Sure, and he's here right now, matter of fact as a witness...

~ 08:48 – [Hills] “Yeah, and so, you know, we're, last I saw I was with Bill earlier today, he had put in a call to Ruth Johnson, and uh, she hadn't returned it when left Bill about 20 minutes ago...”

~ 09:02 [Gosselin] “Okay...”

~ 09:05 [Hills] “So we're, you know, trying to talk to her since she's the chief elections officer for the state...”

~ 09:08 [Gosselin] “Uh huh...”

~ 09:09 [Hills] And uh, see what she wants to do or suggests should be we need to hear back from Ruth...

~ 09:15 [Gosselin] “Okay, what we're going to do is take a copy of the filing form and also the video and get it to you guys, okay, like maybe tomorrow, just so you can have it for your file okay...I'll let you go okay? You have a good one...we'll see ya...”

~ 09:32 [Hills] Bye.

~ 09:36 [Ray Watts] We're ready to...we're ready for the campaign...

~ 09:38 [Gosselin] Okay, um, that is Rusty Hills of course, Bill Schutte's guy...

In the final few moments of the video, Dan Brake states that he's going to wait behind while Bob Gosselin says he has to leave for dialysis.

The moral here is simple:  If you don't want Bob Gosselin to control Troy, vote on May 7th to Keep Mayor Slater.

Friday, April 5, 2013

Standing Up

A local civic group, TRUST, recently stated this on their Facebook page:

After Janice Daniels was recalled, the Michigan Secretary of State's office, through the Office of the Michigan Attorney General, pursued litigation to force Troy to hold a February election.

One of the questions we were constantly hearing
s was "How did the state become involved?"

To find the answer, TRUST submitted a series of Freedom of Information Act Requests to the City, Oakland County, and to the State.

Much information has been gleaned from those FOIA documents.  Much has been learned and/or affirmed about the backroom political wrangling happening that clearly shows -- at best -- unethical attempts to sway votes on council.

What it happily showed was that sometimes...people see through that.

Exhibit A: Bob Gosselin attempting to force his will on council members:

Exhibit B:  Dave Henderson -- after stating he'd received the e-mail and voicemails (plural...Bob was working it pretty hard, apparently) -- responds:

I applaud Mr. Henderson's actions in this matter.  It's gratifying to see someone refuse to bow to the political pressure of Bob Gosselin and company, and it's especially gratifying to hear Henderson reiterate what MANY of us thought.  This whole election matter should have been argued LONG before the recall was successful -- it just appears some never bargained that it WOULD be successful.

Keep it up, Dave.  We need it.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

The Dirty Tricks Will Come...

There's an election coming up in May, an election that will determine who completes the Mayoral term started by Janice Daniels.

And because there's a election coming, there is one question on everybody's mind: When do the dirty tricks start?

Because it's not a matter of “if,” it's more of a matter of “when.”

I know that dirty tricks are coming because the person who brought you Janice Daniels is the same person working with Marty Knollenberg.

I speak, of course, of Glenn Clark.

Glenn Clark is famous for his dirty campaign tactics. In Macomb County, he worked for Kim Metzler and her campaign for State Senate, vying against Leon Drolet. It was a campaign so full of lies, it led to a lawsuit alleging defamation, libel, false light, and slander. It's rare for a campaign to end in a lawsuit, so we should probably review the facts.

The Meltzer campaign sent out a piece of literature stating that Drolet “Introduced legislation that would allow homosexual gross indeceny on public places,” Drolet “opposes traditional one-man, one-woman marriage,” and that Drolet was the “biggest supporter of homosexual special rights.”

Don't believe me? Here's the first few pages of the legal complaint:

As rare as a lawsuit arising from a senate campaign is, it's conclusion was even rarer: Meltzer apologized to Drolet. Meltzer admitted, in writing, that her campaign lied. For his part, Drolet was unequivocal about the source of Meltzer's dirty tactics: Glenn Clark. Drolet told the OaklandPress, “Meltzer’s campaign consultant, Glenn Clark, has a longhistory of specializing in reckless, gay-oriented smears (and) ...his obsession with persecuting gay people has come to define him.”

But attacking opponents isn't the only thing Glenn likes to do. He's more than happy to use dirty tricks against other Republicans.

Back in February, the Troy-Clawson caucus of the Republican party was holding a convention at the American Polish Cultural Center. Barbara and David Harrell, leaders of the caucus, set up an audio-visual projector for a presentation. When they attempted to give their presentation, David Harrell discovered the power cord to the projector was missing. A witness had seen Glenn Clark enter the room, allegedly to distribute literature. And the surveillance video revealed that the only person to enter the room besides Harrell and the witness was Glenn Clark.

Why did Harrell suspect Glenn Clark? We'll let Harrell explain. In his police report, Harrell states, “Glenn has been doing several things to undermine anyone that doesn't do what he wants and this is exactly like him.”

Read the police report for yourself:

So there you have it: Glenn Clark, political operative and source of slander and dirty tricks.

And who is Glenn Clark working with? Marty Knollenberg.

As a point of fact, Glenn Clark was the point person for Knollenberg's “Town Hall” meeting.

And, of course, it's not the first time Glenn Clark has worked with Knollenberg. Knollenberg and Clark were working together as far back as 2011.

So it's not a matter of “if” the dirty tricks get used against Mayor Slater, it's a matter of “when.”

It's what Glenn Clark does.

Friday, March 22, 2013

Hoping We're Not Paying Attention...

And speaking of misinformation regarding the library...remember Proposal 1, the citizen initiated attempt to fund an independent library?

Many of us knew that then-Councilman Howrylak was aware of the 'fake' ballot proposals, yet did not disavow those fraudulent attempts to stand in the way of democracy.  He himself then sent out a VERY misleading letter with inaccurate and misleading information regarding the formation of an independent library.

NEVER did he meet with Cathy Russ to get the information straight.  NEVER did he meet with the REAL Friends of the TPL to get the information straight.  And now??  Now, as a State Rep., he's trying once again to interfere with the library and the will of Troy voters.

From Rhonda Hendrickson...

Our new State Rep. Howrylak, is currently in Lansing and Troy trying to get support and a co-sponsor to change the PA 164 library bill (that was used for Prop 1) to make it harder to get a petition on the ballot for libraries across the state. It would have terrible repercussions for small communities across Michigan.

He is arguing of course that this is meant to stop fake ballots proposals. But his bill is asking for more signatures than it would take to get your name on a ballot for US Congress. He thinks that it should be harder to change laws (especially ones he doesn't like). This from the man that changed our city charter and put this city into a tremendously damaging headlock when he made it impossible for our city council to make decisions about funding our city adequately.

Most libraries across Michigan are already PA 164 or district libraries. There are few that are city departments like the Troy Public Library. So, why is he doing this on a statewide basis? Because this is about Troy. He is teeing this topic up for the 2016 millage renewal to come.

It is his intent and those who support him (and we know who they are now) to force the city to reabsorb the library budget into the city general fund and do away with the millage. There is groundwork being laid here and while everyone that fought to save the library isn't looking and enjoying the library, there are efforts to go back in time on this issue.

Why doesn't Rep. Howrylak just write a bill that makes it illegal to put fake proposals on a ballot? That would be a more wide-ranging bill covering many issues. Because that doesn't advance his personal agenda. It doesn't undo the thing he is mad happened and something the majority of Troy voters support. Plus, that is a tactic that has proven affective for his backers.

The library is operating well under the current millage, administration and monies. As Cathy Russ said in the special council meeting with the current staffing and money they are "running in place" but not getting much ahead. Remember that the voters approved a .7 mils, 6-day library millage. Going back under the umbrella of the general fund would pit the library against police, roads, infrastructure and name a thousand other categories for funding. While the city may have gotten some concessions from contracts this year, once again it is a one and done event. Can you say SUSTAINABLE and reliable funding for the library over time? That is what our millage accomplishes.

So, library lovers and warriors, keep your eyes on Rep. Howrylak, he is moving stealthily around Lansing and Troy trying to make it harder to save our library in the near future. He waxes poetic on his Congressional website about transparency, and yet when I emailed him a month ago asking for any and all information regarding this bill he is working on... well, I am still waiting for a response. So, he is about as transparent as ink.

Email him, go to his office hours. Tell him to stop playing political games with our library.

Enough is enough.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Dear Councilman Henderson:

Dear Mr. Henderson,

Over the last year of your service to our city, I've seen you grow and learn.  I've seen you attempt to ask the right questions of yourself and city administration.  I've heard words come out of your mouth that hint at a new understanding regarding the city budget and its limitations.  I've seen you reach out to meet with local residents --- and though you often refer to them as political "activists," they really are no different from you: concerned Troy citizens wanting what is best for all of us.

But (and you knew there was a "but" coming, right?) in the past, you were one of the loudest voices claiming that we didn't need the library millage.  You said the money was there in the fund balance to support it without a new tax, and that once in office you'd ask to refund the millage to the people. 

You stated that not only did we not need the millage, we likely wouldn't need it to be renewed in five years. Honestly, I understand how you could have come to that conclusion.  I understand the atmosphere of mistrust and misinformation that was being fed by all forces in the city. 

Like many others, I studied every detail of that budget.  Everything I pored over told me you were wrong about "then." And I sincerely hope that you are right about five years from now.  Because I can't think of anyone in this city who would be displeased with allowing that particular millage to disappear.  Having it do so would mean we've recovered enough to continue funding our world-class library from increased revenues. 

It would be a win on all levels.

So we disagreed about then...and we share the same hope for later.

But (another "but!") let's look at NOW.  Recently, you listened to Cathy Russ present her strategic library plan, which included the possible necessity of hiring more employees.  You said that you'd support the hiring of new library employees as long as it was covered by that same library millage.  Are you beginning to recognize that taking it from fund balance wouldn't have been wise...and that being able to use the reasonable funding from the millage was best?

Given all of that, we want to ask you something: Is it possible that you were wrong about that millage?  Can you see that the money was never there?

And if you can...will you say it out loud?

I do not ask seeking to embarrass you, nor do I ask with rude intent.  Rather, I ask with heart felt sincerity because I believe that you wish to do good for our city.  I ask with the desire for your help in continuing to patch the divide.  The divide is slowly closing, but that could still use a bit more TLC.  I ask so that the last traces of mistrust and misinformation can be wiped away.

Please, Mr. Henderson, consider admitting you were wrong. 

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Taste of Troy today

Went to last year's Taste of Troy and it was all political intrigue.
Now Janice Daniels is out of office, the city is being run calmly and beautifully and there is no reason to vote for anyone for mayor but Dane Slater.
Janice Daniels' supporters are backing Marty Knollenberg, the anti-tax politician who keeps running for offices to live off our tax dollars. Let's not return to the disastrous overtly political leadership this man offers.
Let's Keep Troy Calm.
Keep Dane Slater!

Monday, January 21, 2013

Has Troy escaped the fat only to fall into the fire?


from Linda

I recently read an article about a Troy home invasion in which the intruder identified himself as “Santa Claus.” While this may seem amusing, it brought back a somewhat comedic, if not truly disturbing, video I had viewed recently.
That video was the recording of the Troy City Council meeting which took place on
Monday, January 14, 2013. As many of you know, I am usually in attendance at these meetings. Unfortunately, or fortunately, (depending on how you want to view this) I was unable to attend this week.
The most, shall I say, “entertaining” aspect of the meeting was “public comment.” For anyone who wants a clear picture of some of what has been transpiring in Troy and resulting in negative attention on our fine city, they need only watch this. They should then start to understand some of the misguided, ill-willed, unbalanced, irrational, etc., etc., types of individuals that subject the leaders of our fine city to endure continual ranting and raving of continuous misinformation and nonsense. Even comedians and fiction writers know better than to continue to use the same content. I will say, however, that Monday’s meeting did introduce some new players and new claptrap for the viewer’s digestion.
My point in writing this is to inform the citizens of Troy that there is more than meets the eye when it comes to not only governing, but also living in Troy. Our city leaders and we, as citizens, have been subjected to much of the same behavior as was evidenced on Monday, in the previous 5+ years. To say that it is something new would truly be fiction. The citizens need to wake up and become responsible for all that is Troy. By that I mean, do your homework. Remember those who speak at these council meetings. Look up that of which they speak. Do not take the words of any of the individuals speaking during public comment as “gospel.” While it is quite apparent that some of the speakers are a little light on facts and otherwise, still do your homework.
Think about the future candidates you would like to see run for our city leadership. Watch the city council meetings and see how people present themselves. If they are running for an elected office, look into their backgrounds, see what affiliations they have and what they have been involved in in the past. Are they truthful? Check your facts. Have they been a positive part of the community, or one that is always fighting against it? Have they done their homework? It’s easy to spout a lot of details at the podium, but can they back it up? Do they continually seek to inflect harm on others in the way of staining ones reputation, intimidation, bearing false witness, etc. Do they know the subjects they speak about? Do they try to inflict their judgment in a loud, threatening manner? Do they have a positive attitude about Troy and it’s future, or are they continually knocking down anything that has been done?
I do not want someone who will play games and stop at nothing for political gain. I do not want a “thug” and/or “gang” running my city. I want an elected official with knowledge, integrity, professionalism and dedication to our fine city. I will be watching, taking notes and doing my homework, will you?

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Oakland Press: Rep. Marty Knollenberg joins race to be Troy’s next mayor

Rep. Marty Knollenberg joins race to be Troy’s next mayor
Friday, January 18, 2013 7:16 PM EST
Former state Rep. Marty Knollenberg has joined a crowded field of candidates who want to be the next mayor of Troy.
Ten people have picked up candidate packets from the city to run in the May 11 special election required after the recall of Janice Daniels in the November election.
Knollenberg, a Troy Republican, left the Michigan Legislature at the end of year, after six years in the state House, because of term limits.
Besides Knollenberg, others who have taken out candidate packets are Andrew Dabish, Edward Kempen, Michael Curran, Nicola Travis, Stephen Grassi, David Elsas, Jon Desjardins, Dan Brake, and Faris Alami.
Troy residents have until 4 p.m. Feb. 12 to file to run for mayor. After the filing deadline, candidates may change their minds and withdraw from the ballot by 4 p.m. Feb. 15.
Following Daniels’ recall in November after just one year in office, Councilman Dane Slater took over as interim mayor until the May 7 special election.

Read more here.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

No news

Is good news, baby!
We're still here, just happy the city is being run so well.