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    Tag: Troy

    As If It Never Happened

    By JGillman, Section News
    Posted on Tue Apr 23, 2013 at 03:47:32 PM EST
    Tags: Michigan, Troy, City Council, Free Speech, Open Meetings, Politicians, Commentary, Edited Discourse (all tags)

    Serv-Pro needs to do a clean up of sludge in SE Michigan.

    A flood of stupidity has hit the high water mark in Troy. First the people fall for a particular agenda and screw over one of the most fiscally responsible mayors they have had in recent history because of her opinions on a dangerous lifestyle.  Then the council thinks it can get away with a one year appointed replacement after the recall.  NOW, they have done the unthinkable.

    "The Nov. 26 comments of Charlene Femminineo, 62, and a 26-year resident of the city, were stricken from the city's official minutes and cut from the videotape of the earlier meeting by a vote of the council, officials said"
    They 'deleted' her.

    They took her voice away because they disagreed with it.

    Though not sure how much it means as a legal issue, it reeks of abusive government.  I believe the video below starts where the edit begins. (Or go to 1:20:00)

    I have never seen such a thing.

    If in fact she was abusive, wouldn't that stand on its face to dispute her arguments?  If she hit a nerve of some on the council, then shouldn't they still sit there and take it, or is it OK that they have lessened her ability to speak on par with any other voices in the room? Maybe the easiest path was taken in the face of an inability to answer to whatever it was she might have said? A bad precedent in any event, leading one to wonder how quickly a political scalpel can shape debate in our easily edited community discourse.

    Government doesn't like what you say? You never said it.

    (4 comments) Comments >>

    Low Information And White Elephants

    By JGillman, Section News
    Posted on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 04:57:26 PM EST
    Tags: Amtrak, Chicago, Corporatism, Cronyism, Detroit, Gifts, Maintenance, MDOT, Pontiac, Rail, Recalls, subsidies, Trains, Troy, Low Information Voters, White Elephants (all tags)

    Troy had the right idea, and the right Mayor.

    Once upon a time.

    Mayor Janice Daniels in December of 2011 led the opposition in the Troy City Council for an $8.5 million train depot for good reason.  Her opposition to a project that would be built with free money was framed with an understanding that nothing is truly free.  Even after the project was stripped down a month later, and re-presented for a couple million less, she held her ground, and looked at the bigger picture.  Ongoing expenses make the continuing use of the pusher-man's product not nearly as euphoric as when it was offered for free.

    The Troy City Council didn't get it, and the vote for the effort was shifted. Even in the face of the citizen commentary that was recorded as 11-7 in opposition to the transit center.  As RightMichigan.com poster Rougman pointed out at the time, its $5,500/sq ft cost was stripped down to $3,100/sq ft (a travesty for its cheapness) and the gold plated accoutrements would have to be withheld.

    "By shaving off 400 square feet the project's cost has been lowered significantly. That was some expensive square footage there--roughly coming in at $5,500 per square foot. The smaller and redrawn project will cost a mere $3,100 per square foot which I find absolutely alarming...what kind of slum are these bureaucrats trying to push over on us? No gold toilet seats? No granite counter tops?"


    Continued below the fold.

    (2 comments, 806 words in story) Full Story

    A Message To Our Legislators - Beware False Choices

    Troy's Disappearing Line in the Sand

    By Rougman, Section News
    Posted on Wed Jan 18, 2012 at 12:00:27 PM EST
    Tags: Troy, Janice Daniels, Wade Fleming (all tags)

    A few weeks ago I complimented the city of Troy, Michigan, for its realistic interpretation of public finances.
    Troy has figured something out. It has determined that the most destitute country in the history of the solar system does not have the money to spend on a project whose benefits were over-hyped, was not needed, and despite the fact that the $8 million necessary to construct the albatross was coming from the feds, was not free.

    The people in Troy have discovered something that should make them eligible to win next year's Nobel Prize for Economics--namely that federal tax dollars still are paid by those who live in small, medium, and large towns across America; they are not created arbitrarily at the wave of some federal bureaucrat's wand.


    Troy is but one declining city in one declining state in what amounts to a bankrupt country, and as it turns its nose up at this project, countless other entities across the nation are greedily peeping toward the sky hoping the shadow of Father Bird Obama will regurgitate some borrowed Chinese money down their gluttonous throats for their own versions of a pet project--easily wiping out Troy's common sense on the order of a thousand times or so.

    As it turns out, the city of Troy decided that it wanted some nourishing regurgitation after all--but not until the project was stripped clean of waste. By shaving 400 square feet off the original proposal, the project will now cost only $6.2 million instead of the originally proposed structure estimated to cost $8.4 million. And Troy would like itself a piece of that action. (In fairness to Troy's Mayor Janice Daniels, she still voted against the measure.)

    (2 comments, 581 words in story) Full Story

    On The Upside

    By JGillman, Section News
    Posted on Wed Nov 09, 2011 at 06:44:47 AM EST
    Tags: Janice Daniels, Troy, Tea Party, Mayoral Race (all tags)

    We have this story:Tea Party Leader Elected Mayor of Troy:
    Troy-- A tea party activist was elected mayor of Troy on Tuesday night, topping a city councilwoman who backed a controversial tax approved in August for the city's library.

    Janice Daniels
    defeated Robin Beltramini by just more than 600 votes, 52 percent to 48 percent, according to complete unofficial returns.

    Congratulations Janice, and well done.

    Daniels, by the way was one of those who also arranged transportation and groups going to Washington DC during the march of our lifetimes, the 912 event. This among other things.

    (1 comment) Comments >>

    CMNtv Gubernatorial Debate: October 21, 2010

    By KG One, Section News
    Posted on Wed Oct 20, 2010 at 10:34:54 PM EST
    Tags: CMNtv, Gubernatorial Debate, Stacey Mathia, Ken Proctor, Harley Mikkelson, Virg Bernero, Troy (all tags)

    Contrary to what organizations like the Center for Michigan and the MSM would like you to believe, there will be another Gubernatorial Debate before the November Election.

    Check out below for more details.

    (3 comments, 225 words in story) Full Story

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