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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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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