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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Jen Hilzinger for Troy School Board

Here in Troy, the Tea Party has made our local politics into a blood sport. For the the Tea Party, politics is a matter of “us” versus “them,” with little room for diversity or cooperation.

Which is why it's refreshing to have Jen Hilzinger as a candidate School Board.

If you don't know Mrs. Hilzinger, you should. She's a woman of principles. She's co-chair of the Troy School District Diversity and Inclusion Council. If you don't know what that is, it's simple: The group exists to foster inclusion and diversity, so all of Troy's kids have a place and chance to learn.

As if that's not enough, Mrs. Hilzinger was the founding president of Families with Children from China Metro Detroit, after she and her husband adopted two children, from Korea and China, respectively. Currently, she's serving on advisory council for the Korean American Adoptee Adoptive Family Network. Most recently, she's help create the Troy Alliance Against Hate Crimes.

But make no mistake. Mrs. Hilzinger is no pushover. During the recall of Janice Daniels, Mrs. Hilzinger was out collecting signatures when she he was followed and verbally harassed by a Daniel's supporter. But did this stop her? Nope. Because she wants to ensure Troy is a place of diversity, has excellent schools, and keeps a friendly mix of amenities.

Diversity is what attracted Mrs. Hilzinger to Troy.  She wanted to live in a cosmopolitan community where different languages are spoken and the schools are excellent.  She looks at Troy and knows that we're small, but "we've got the whole world right here."

Which is why Mrs. Hilzinger has an eye on the big picture. She knows that what happens in Lansing and on the School Board affects what happens in the classroom. She knows that the teachers are the front line when it comes to maintaining excellent schools. She knows that a net loss of money spent per pupil is the wrong direction for the school district.

Everything about Mrs. Hilzinger proves that she is a woman dedicated to education, diversity, and inclusion. There is no "us" versus "them" for Jen Hilzinger.  There is only "us."  Jen Hilzinger has my vote for the Troy School Board. I hope she has yours.   

Monday, September 15, 2014

Martin Howrylak Thinks Us Fools

Does Martin Howrylak think we're suckers? Does he think we're fools?

Because that's the only conclusion I can come to after reading Howrylak's latest “announcement” on Facebook. You see, Martin fancies himself a “tax fighter.” He hates taxes so much, that's he willing to blow up Michigan's economy to prove it to you. So now he's realized that the tax on the pensions of senior citizens is “unfair” and he wants it repealed “now!”

But let's have a moment of honesty, shall we? Let's call Marty's announcement what it really is: A stunt. An antic, calculated purely to manipulate you into reelecting him.

Historically, Howrylak has always claimed to be a “tax fighter.” He thinks he's a proven “leader” and has run on all the times he reduced our taxes while on City Council.

However, Martin Howrylak has been in Lansing for TWO YEARS! And he just discovered the unfairness of the senior citizen pension tax last week! Just in time for the November election, when his name is on the ballot! What a coincidence!
You see, Martin Howrylak spends a lot of time calculating and crafting his image to prove to you that he's worth the salary our taxes are paying him. It's not true, however. Martin Howrylak has accomplished nothing in his two years in the State House beyond proving that he is a first class manipulator.
But why take my word for it? Let's look at more examples, shall we?
When Howrylak ran for Representative the first time round, he was happy to endorse Janice Daniels. We even have a picture of Martin proudly standing alongside his Tea Party friend. But after Janice was tossed out of office, she ran for Council. Did Martin support her? Nope. Martin couldn't be near the stench of failure, lest it get on him.
Earlier this year, when Howrylak was campaigning during the primary, who did he bring along with him? Why none other that our own Santa impersonator and reindeer farmer, Kerry Bentivolio. But once Bentivolio lost his primary bid in record-breaking fashion, who did Martin Howrylak find himself liking? Why, our very own foreclosure vulture, Dave Trott!

These are not the actions of a man with principles. These are the actions of a political operator, angling his actions to keep that sweet, sweet taxpayer money coming his way. So when you start receiving Martin's mailers bragging about the job he's doing, do yourself a favor: Recycle them. And do the same to Martin this November. Because B.S. makes excellent compost.