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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.