Letter to the Editor: 'Crybabies & Bullies'
"When the results come back in November and you (Janice Daniels) are still here, it will be interesting to see how many of these malcontents will continue to berate, harass and bully you," writes Troy resident Nicholas Cherasaro.
In late July 2011, there were two candidates for Mayor of Troy: Mary Kerwin and Robin Beltramini, both of whom were then members of the Troy City Council. In August of that year, Janice Daniels decided to enter the race as Mary and Robin were both of the same political spectrum. When this occurred, Mary decided she would drop out as she did not want to split the vote and allow Janice to win. They were in for a big surprise as Janice worked very hard and won the election.
Seeing that they lost, ... (a) group of caring and tolerant people decided to look into the new mayor's background to see what dirt they could dig up on her.* Eureka! Someone went into her Facebook account and discovered that she had used the word "queer." They then decided to go to the media and also to broadcast this information across the internet, creating a desired loud protest from the LGBT groups in the area, most of whom do not live in Troy.
Fortunately, we have a mayor of tolerance who sat quietly as she was vilified for more than four hours. They then started to blame this mayor for having this city become a laughing stock when it was they who broadcast this across the nation with the help of the local media and the internet.
Council meeting after council meeting, these same caring and tolerant people come into the chamber to castigate this mayor. Berating her again and again and demanding she quit. These bullies are the same people who are disturbed there is bullying in the schools. They do not realize that it is they who are setting the example for the children who bully.
These are the same people who came into the City Hall chamber to support a transit center, which is an obvious boondoggle. To get the transit center approved, they discussed new business coming to Troy and how the city would benefit by it. With the current condition of the city being put forward in the latest city budget, the outgoing city manager stated that the city would go into default in 2017. He based that on the projection that the business tax base would not recover until 2034. I would like to know which it is: either the new transit center will benefit Troy or it will not. Someone is lying.
Some of them come into the chamber and talk of the fine city we have (they are right about that). They brag about the low tax rate and one, who is imitating Warren Buffet, even states that we are not paying enough taxes. I don't know where he has been, but he obviously has not talked to the people in Troy who have lost their homes. We are in a serious recession brought about by a similar tax-and-spend group in Washington, and he obviously does not understand this. This is the same person who does not understand that the tax for your property is calculated by multiplying the tax rate (which is no longer the lowest in the area) by the State Equalized Value (SEV) of your home. Currently, the total SEV for Troy is either the second or third highest of all cities in the state (depending on which rating system you source). Of course our tax rate is low – it better be. If this gentleman is undertaxed, I suggest that he can write a check for $40,000 or $50,000 to be put into the city coffers on his own. I am sure he can afford it.
Stand fast, madam mayor. I realize they are going to try to recall you in November. Just remember, we are the people who elected you. We will go out into the streets in support of you. When the results come back in November, and you are still here, it will be interesting to see how many of these malcontents will continue to berate, harass and bully you.
Incidentally, for those who read Troy Patch, I am not the Nicholas C. who wrote so eloquently.
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