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Monday, December 15, 2014

Council Appoints Steve Gottlieb

Once again, congratulations to newly-appointed City Councilman Steve Gottlieb. Click here for additional details.

I've embedded below a few updates from Twitter on the 12/15/14 Troy City Council selection process.


Sunday, December 14, 2014

Mayor Slater Says "Happy Holidays"

Image via Chris Rosebrough
Thought I'd give my "two cents" on a recent letter to the editor by Troy resident Robert Bickmeyer to The Oakland Press. Here's what Mr. Bickmeyer had to say...
I just returned from the U.S. post office where a display showed an assortment of “holiday” stamps available instead of “Christmas” stamps. As I sat down to relax, I read (in another paper) where Troy’s mayor, Dane Slater, was quoted as saying, “We look forward to kicking off the ‘holiday’ season and welcoming Santa to Troy.” In the war against Christianity the secularists have won two more battles, one in the federal government and one in the city government.
Before I offer a mild rebuttal to Mr. Bickmeyer, I do want to say something positive about him. When I served on the Troy City Council, Mr. Bickmeyer deserved significant credit for encouraging us to re-name the annual City Tree Lighting Ceremony to the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony. Mr. Bickmeyer was correct in calling us on the carpet for our failure to use the term Christmas Tree.

My disagreement with Mr. Bickmeyer's letter is that he believes that Mayor Slater's use of the term "holiday" season represents part of the "war against Christianity." Now, I'll admit that in the past I held a viewpoint similar to Mr. Bickmeyer. But, that was prior to my exposure to the Confessional Lutheran doctrine known as the Two Kingdoms.

Rather than a lengthy discussion of the Two Kingdoms, I'll briefly make two points:
  1. Dane Slater's primary job as Mayor is to serve as the chief elected official of the City of Troy.

  2. At the 2014 City of Troy Christmas Lighting Ceremony, Mayor Slater wished everyone Happy Holidays, and then went on to mention Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa. (See the YouTube video at the bottom of this blog post from this year's ceremony and you can hear for yourself.)
Instead of worrying about Mayor Slater's use of the term Happy Holidays, let's thank him for doing his job and for being willing to say Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

2015 Troy City Council Appointment

12/15/14 UPDATE: Looks like my speculation panned out. Steve Gottlieb was appointed to fill Wade Fleming's term by the Troy City Council at their 12/15/14 meeting. Congratulations Steve!

Below is the original text from the 12/3/14 blog post.

As described in an 11/11/14 article in The Oakland Press, six members of the Troy City Council will be appointing a new City Council person to fill the term of Wade Fleming. Fleming will be resigning at the end of this year after being elected to the Oakland County Board of Commissioners.

After the conclusion of the application process, the City has posted a list of the six finalists for the position. I've re-posted their names below. If you click on the name of any of the six finalists, you can view/print their application paperwork.

The six finalists are:


  • Steve Gottlieb
  • Padma Kuppa
  • Paul McCown
  • James Peard
  • Steve Toth
  • Scott Welborn
  • The candidates will be interviewed by the City Council at their Regular Meeting on December 15, 2014.

    There are several fine candidates on the list. Looking at the policy and political preferences of the current City Council, I'm speculating that Padma Kuppa and Steve Gottlieb are the frontrunners for the appointment.