Letter to the Editor: Troy City Attorney is 'A Seasoned Professional'

"I am grateful that Troy's legal department is led by a woman of intelligence, skill, and the ability to perform in the face of public ire," writes Troy resident and Recall Janice Daniels co-founder John Kulesz.

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Dear Editor:

By any account, the practice of law is not easy. It's an adversarial occupation, filled with irritated judges, opposing council practiced in the art of hostility, and clients that range from terrified to unreasonable.

Having an unreasonable client is much more difficult when you have 80,000 of them. That's the challenge of being a municipal attorney. To be a municipal attorney is to represent a city as a whole, to work for each and every person who resides in that city. When you are held up to the scrutiny of thousands of people, grace under pressure is essential.

Troy's attorney, Lori Grigg Bluhm, displayed such grace this week when she presented oral arguments before Oakland County Circuit Court. In the weeks leading up to the hearing, Ms. Bluhm had been repeatedly vilified in social media. If this vilification had the slightest affect on her, its trace was undetectable.

She came to court prepared. She was articulate and direct, having clear, logical answers to the arguments made by the Secretary of State. Ms. Bluhm represented Troy with the skill of a seasoned professional, proving that Mayor Slater is absolutely correct in placing his trust in her.

I am grateful that Troy's legal department is led by a woman of intelligence, skill, and the ability to perform in the face of public ire.

No, the practice of law in not easy. Ms. Bluhm just makes it look that way.

John Kulesz
Troy, MI

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canseeallsides December 14, 2012 at 02:54 PM
I like when conflict/confusion in law is simplified. The law change is great information, could you cite that source? "disgruntled because your person is not the mayor" wait... what? I campaigned against her, not that that has anything to do with this but does show who is "off" here. Troy made a 3 month PLANNED bluff and lost. That is all that was said. Slander? Would you care to back that up with facts?
canseeallsides December 14, 2012 at 03:04 PM
We shouldn't care "who" is mayor but should hold them accountable for any and all actions using voting records and public statements not bias. Dismissing a point of view based on a perceived affiliation is bigotry and is the exact prejudicial action that caused the ex-mayor to be put in bright light. I personally condemn such hate and your assumption is hindering and dangerous.
canseeallsides December 14, 2012 at 03:19 PM
Well said.
canseeallsides December 14, 2012 at 03:23 PM
The judge agreed because it is NOW middle of December. The delay worked. Now wait and see the direction and who benefits for the hedged 5-6 months, instead of the PLAN of 11 months.
Really December 14, 2012 at 03:52 PM
"She tried to save money by skipping the voting process and removing voters from the process." There's one slander. She can't do anything of the sort without a vote of the Council. "Then refused to allow anyone who was DOING IT THE RIGHT WAY to submit paperwork." There's 2. As I stated, it would have been illegal for her or the Clerk to accept applications and money for an election that had not been called by Council.. "What about not opening the email until AFTER the deadline?" Implied collusion,. The email itself was late, negating any action or non-action she took. My apologies on the 'your peson' comment. I looked back, and you have not shown a preference for Mr. Fleming (I was not referring to the previous mayor). The election correction came from the Lansing State Journal. "Troy made a 3 month PLANNED bluff and lost." There was no plan nor bluff. There was genuine conflict between the 2 documents. And again, I apologize for he wrong assumption. There is no hate here, just an honest effort to support the attorney and clerk who have done nothing wrong in my mind. I am all for the May election. I also could have lived with an appointment (or 2) that lasted until November.
Really December 14, 2012 at 04:39 PM
Clarification. The blurb on the election change is no longer in the Lasing State Journal. I'm trying to get confirmation on what, if anything, happened
canseeallsides December 14, 2012 at 05:43 PM
We have never talked so slander is impossible. I think you should understand your own words before falsely attacking others. I appreciate your points of view that are actual.
Really December 14, 2012 at 06:10 PM
You're correct, perhaps libel is the better term. I always get those two confused. I'm not looking for an arguement here, just trying to set the record straight. However, this wears me out, so I'll step back now, and le tthe situation play out.
Daffy Noodnicks December 14, 2012 at 07:47 PM
Oh and the tape was heavily edited, and the guy who swung had been knocked down before swinging. Of course you want get that from Faux News (or Dale who swallows whatever propaganda validates what he would like to believe without question and uses it to vilify whoever disagrees with him).
Mollie Smith December 14, 2012 at 07:48 PM
How can anyone pat Lori Bluhm on the back?? She constantly misleads council and has the City involved with several Federal complaints. Ms Bluhm is wasting city dollars with arguments in court, which make no sense. City Charter does not supersede State law. As a tax payer, I wonder what the federal complaints will cost us....
Dale Murrish December 14, 2012 at 11:47 PM
CC, I’m on the Patch for constructive dialogue, seeking to understand others and solve problems, not asking for trouble. Plenty of people read my posts and like them but are reluctant to comment because they are called trolls and run off by people like you who gang up on anyone who disagrees with you. We’re all trolls, conservatives who live in Florida or Alpena and even liberals from Troy, because we’re human beings with flaws and live below the Bridge (Mackinac, that is). So the ground is level. The facts are a man was beaten up in Lansing. He didn’t ask for it any more than a rape victim asks for it by wearing provocative clothing. Or by being in the wrong place at the wrong time, unless peaceful counter-demonstrations are not allowed anymore. This is still a free country, last I checked. There aren’t such acts of violence at Tea Party rallies. People are mostly polite and clean up after themselves. The anti-Tea Party rally in Washington, DC needed plenty of clean-up by government employees afterwards. How would union organizers feel about freedom of association if they were required to join the Tea Party and pay dues to it?
Dale Murrish December 14, 2012 at 11:48 PM
CC, This mixed martial arts expert has offered to drop assault and battery charges if the man who sucker punched him would fight him one-on-one in a cage fight with a referee. I’ll bet you a quarter the coward who punched him with a gang of thugs around him will fight in court rather than a fair fight. The MMA expert feared if he had fought back in that situation he would have been beaten to death. This story is being ignored by most of the media, where you form your opinions about what actually happened. (I don’t get all of my news from conservative outlets, but you ignore or minimize what news you hear through them.) Try a Google search of “left wing extremists” and see how it comes out. Both searches are a waste of time, since you’ll get biased information with both. My quarter is on the table. Reveal your name if you’ll take my bet about the cage fight or court fight. I’m not holding my breath.
wlarue December 15, 2012 at 02:09 AM
If you are afraid to put your name on your comment please don't waste the public's time! IT APPEARS YOU HAVE MANY NEGATIVE COMMENTS BUT DON'T WANT ANYONE TO KNOW WHO YOU ARE. Than you
wlarue December 15, 2012 at 02:28 AM
It is intresting to note you were present Dale and have all the information and perhaps would like to be a witness for this man. While I am sure the unions have brought havic in your life you are as anti union as I an pro-union. I may not like to paytaxes because I don't like the Mayor (not true) or city manager but I cetainly can't expect to have my street cleaned , my garbage picked-up, and other service for free. The same way a person who is coverd by a union contract can't expect to be a free loader. If I wanted to belong to the Tea Party (which I don't) and receive the benfits of the Party I would expect to pay dues or assessment. It is ashame your experience with the union have been so negative as a management member, but you likewise reaped the benifits of holiday's, vacation and pay. if the union got a raise so did you. If the unin got a new holiday so did you. If some one doesn't want to pay dues then there should be no representation nor benefits they don't get for them selves. I know it was tough at Catapillar but get over it.
Dave W December 15, 2012 at 04:11 AM
For one, this is not a funny comment, it's sexist. Secondly (@Dale), I'm not sure what the mistake is. There's nothing wrong with this phrase and it is used here correctly. Check out http://www.webster-dictionary.org/definition/seasoned , definition #3: the adjective "seasoned" = rendered competent through trial and experience; "troops seasoned in combat"; "a seasoned traveler"; "veteran steadiness"; "a veteran officer". No double standard here, just a person using the English language correctly and you attempting to say that it's not correct because you were unfamilar with the use of the word, and then trying to play the victim yet again. I agree with John, I think our City Attorney is a seasoned professional.
jack December 15, 2012 at 06:45 AM
Hey John Kulesz: Regardless of how "well-prepared" and professional you thought Bluhm was, we wouldn't have been there if she would have done her job right in the first place. Duh.
jack December 15, 2012 at 06:48 AM
Bluhm did everything that she could to make sure Slater was annointed to the council. Maybe we should have a recall on the recall. Or, just let our annointed people keep appointing people until every position is full; this should give Bluhm all of the job security that she will need!
canseeallsides December 15, 2012 at 07:38 AM
And I should assume your real name is wlarue? Anybody willing to look can find out WHO I am. I am you. I like to debate to find truth. I need you. If you think you don't need me you are one step behind, I don't know who you are. Or whether you're a man or a woman. I may never see you or cry with you or get drunk with you. But I love you.
canseeallsides December 15, 2012 at 07:57 AM
No, no libel here. It's only libel if it's not true. All comments are verified by two sources.
canseeallsides December 15, 2012 at 07:59 AM
They can't.
canseeallsides December 15, 2012 at 08:05 AM
I have no idea what you refer but as soon as you say "get over it" - "it" tells me that they have substance and you have nothing but malice. I have reviewed your comments and you have never added anything but insult for courageous people willing to say there side. wlarues, your comments seem less than worthless. With that level of less than worthlessness can I assume you work for Troy?
canseeallsides December 15, 2012 at 08:06 AM
Well said.
canseeallsides December 15, 2012 at 08:07 AM
Now you're shining the light in the right direction! FOLLOW THE MONEY! Who's responsible for giving the big business benefits?
wlarue December 15, 2012 at 12:38 PM
I have looked in the telephone book and in Google and am afraid I don,t find anyone with the name of canseeallsi!des. Therefore, since you wish to remain unidentified I find no reason to respond to any of your comments or questions. Just for the record I don,t work for the city but believe the city attorney as well as the city clerk made all of the right decisions in in case.
Dale Murrish December 15, 2012 at 03:05 PM
wlarue, I have been in two unions and got little benefit from them. I also see the good they can do for people in some cases. For sure they helped in the early days when workers were exploited by employers with poor safety standards and low wages. They also can cause hardworking people harm by forcing them to go on unnecessary strikes (the 1979 Caterpillar strike, for example) and division in cities. I read an article that shows little will change in the auto industry from Michigan becoming a right-to-work state. The vast majority of autoworkers will continue to belong to the union and the overall business climate will improve, bring more jobs to our state. The further you are from your customer the more likely you are to have an entitlement mentality. I'm critical of the violent behavior of some and the teachers who cared more about their union representation than their students.
Dale Murrish December 15, 2012 at 03:22 PM
Dave W., it was funny because most women don't like to be teased about their age. I know John didn't intend his comment as a sexist comment, and neither did Mumford or I. If you make a comment about a woman's age she could take offense at that. I was teasing with my comment, not serious. Guess you couldn't see my tongue in cheek through the internet. Most of my other comments are serious. Since you don't know me, I'll try to refrain from any future dry humor or put an emoticon so you'll know it's a joke. Lighten up and live! My profile picture has been called a Bilbo Baggins picture since I look small next to the Korean Fir that was too tall for our house. I've decided to take that as a compliment on my character rather than an insult on my height. I'm looking forward to seeing the Hobbit later this month and am a fan of Tolkien's novels.
Chris P. December 15, 2012 at 03:23 PM
I can match your article with a number of them that I read that RTW will do little to help the business climate and in states that have it their workers earn less. I keep hearing the argument that we need RTW to compete with Indiana to lure new businesses. OK. If that's the case, will Michigan also up the ante with tax credits to match those that Indiana gives? Michigan has virtually eliminated tax credits; Indiana has not. I think it's very naive to think that RTW is some sort of savior for our economy. If anything, the numbers/facts/evidence do not support that argument. Seems to me it just made our discourse all the more toxic; combined with lack of tax credits this isn't a place I'd put on my short list for consideration.
Chris P. December 15, 2012 at 03:35 PM
Bill Bullard at the County level is the one who didn't do his job. And Ruth Johnson was asleep on the job finally deciding to pay attention to an election that had national, if not world wide, attention; why didn't she step in earlier? She seems clueless. Your attacks and venom are completely misplaced.
canseeallsides December 15, 2012 at 10:42 PM
I am you. I like to debate to find truth. I need you. If you think you don't need me you are one step behind. I don't know who you are. Or whether you're a man or a woman. I may never see you or cry with you or get drunk with you. But I love you.
Toby Gosselin December 16, 2012 at 02:42 PM
John, Well said and beautifully written. I attended the Oakland County Court hearing. Judge Langford-Morris surprised the court room as she sent both sides to the jury room to resolve their own differences. That didn't work. Lori Grigg-Bluhm's presentation was phenomenal. She has earned her stripes. She is a proven professional who represents the City of Troy, protecting the City Charter and the residents. Perhaps, that is why the STATE has retracted it's threat to appeal the matter to the higher court. In the end, the judge ruled in favor of a politically safe decision. The corrupt actions of our elected officials shall be remembered on election day.


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