The Truth Page Is On It’s Way Back.

For those who signed up to get email notification here, you might be getting notification of blog posts. I’m making some of the older posts from the Truth Page public again. I will be changing the title back to the Truth Page and we will be going back to what we were doing before. With the new commenting rules in place as they are now. I found that most of you didn’t like the new blog and there is a need for what the Truth Page was doing. My hope is that we can have the best of both worlds. The hard truths that I wrote about on the Truth Page without all the bullying and bashing of each other as it was on the Truth Page.  Have the commenting structure of the Make a Difference Page.

After taking this time away from the Truth Page I found that we all need a place like the Truth Page a place that we can just let it rip and tell it like it is. Stick with the truth, but blast this administration for all that it’s doing. We need a place that all residents can come to and yes bitch, complain and hopefully come up with solutions and join together to fight for our City. I’ve seen over the past year just how many residents are getting involved joining groups on Facebook and going to the Council meetings. I’ve been hoping for this for six years. So if you get notification, about a blog post check the date chances are it’s an old one just making it public again. It’s been interesting reading all these old posts so much information and so many things have happened over these past six years. I forgot some of the fights we took to the Mayor.

Get your thinking caps on put on those boxing gloves and let’s let it rip.

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6 thoughts on “The Truth Page Is On It’s Way Back.”

  1. Lee

    If after a few years and if the kinks have been worked out and there is a cost saving yes maybe Dearborn Heights can look again at 911. That should happen under a new administration, not one that insists everything has to be done behind closed doors. Our Mayor spent two years working on a project with the Mayor of Dearborn. After those two years, the City of Dearborn Heights was a customer, not a partner, our equipment was going to be sold for penny’s on the dollar to Dearborn and the only other City on board at the time is Melvindale who will get this service for free for five years. The council wasn’t even told about this until he put on the agenda the famous letter of intent for the Council to approve. Residents weren’t surveyed to see how they feel about it and a half ass sales job was done only after the residents said not so fast. The City of Dearborn has a long history of projects not done on time or within budget and this isn’t different still not up and running even though we were told by the salesman from Dearborn “we hope, we think, it should be operational in June” this was said all in the same sentence. The City of Westland who Dearborn wanted to join never even voted on the letter of intent many of us through our sources knew this information. The City of Dearborn Council rejected Garden City and Inkster and the City of Wayne has financial problems. That left Dearborn, Melvindale and Dearborn Heights three out of six that our Mayor tried to sell to us. The Mayor of Dearborn Heights has a real problem letting the residents know what is happening. When it was brought to the attention of the residents (not by him) he tried to stop the meeting, went to the City Attorney to stop the town hall on the grounds that of violating the OMA. He placed police outside in the parking lot of the meeting place and one inside. How many residents pulled into the parking lot saw that and left thinking there was a problem or going to be one? We will never know. In the end, as I said for months there wasn’t a savings for the City there was never going to be with deals like that one made by Mayor Dan Paletko we don’t need anymore. When and if the savings are there we can revisit as a City and residents can have a say not have it shoved down our throats.

    As for the Golf Course again something else that was done behind closed doors, a Mayor saying things behind closed doors and saying something completely different to the residents. All of that has been talked about here and the bottom line is the man can’t be trusted and shouldn’t be he’s proven that to us time and again. We have a chance here in Dearborn Heights to elect someone who will not put everything behind closed doors. Who will not put things up for a vote last minute and so on and so on I’ve been saying the same things over and over again for the past seven almost eight years that I’m sick of saying them and I’m sure everyone is sick of hearing them. The Truth… yes something I wish our Mayor knew how to tell.

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  2. Interesting to read some older comments, and to manipulate some of of my own advice….

    I am speaking of the 911 Dispatch center , and the ‘friction’ between Dearborn and Dearborn Hts to get on the same page….which never really happened. What folk from Dbn Hts told me (the mayor) just didn’t add up, that Dearborn was ‘antique’ etc and not worth working together with. I went to a Dearborn council meeting in May, brought up the subject, and , to my surprise, they said..”Lee, instead of talk, take the walk with Dearborn’s 911 Dispatch chief, then you decide” “When”?, I asked, skeptical. “Right now”, take as long as you want”. The chief and I left the council chamber, we took 45 minutes, I saw 3 million dollars of 911 dispatch ‘top of the line’ stuff spread over 30,000 sq feet, easily twice the size of the whole Dbn Hts city Hall, and came away duly impressed, not only with the equipment, which is enough to handle most of Wayne county, but also with the cooperation and responsiveness of the Dearborn Council, some of whom are not my ‘dearest friends”….:}

    Some things are not perfect, Dearborn owns this new equipment, rather than leasing, not my first option, but they also have all sorts of ‘back up’ upgrades for the next ten years or longer built into the costs to keep everything always ‘current’.

    Bottom line , eventually Dearborn Hts will assimilate, or ‘blend in’ their 911 dispatch service with Dearborn, as will other cities, it just makes common sense to combine services, and we shall see if money is saved, my guess is that it will be….. Lisa Hicks toured Dearborn’s 911 dispatch when it was ‘bare rooms’, now they are ‘almost full’ . She should do another evaluation. Nine dispatchers are in the budget, should be going in a month or two.

    Of more immediate concern is Warren Valley Golf Course. Who gets first pick of the new McMansions? Will the enclave have an entrance with….pardon the political insensitivity…..minarets?

    Perhaps it will be a ‘sanctuary’ enclave, like Ann Arbor is a sanctuary city, or HFFC is almost a sanctuary college, with no locks on the doors or other security since a ‘sanctuary’ means there is no one to blame if ‘items’ go missing…:} One is free of all persecution…a sanctuary from responsibility.

    Or, will it become the new home of the Dearborn Hts City Hall?

    Of course, the first three suggestions are ‘tongue in cheek’, but humor is sometimes lacking on this forum. Logically, the open areas in front of Warren Valley should become soccer fields, and the area should remain as is, a golf course. After all, it is a ‘flood plain’.

    Not making a profit? Fire the six figure County administrators and get a co-ordinator, someone who understands golf, and what golfers want, a golf pro….( I know a few) who will run it right, plus , down the road add a first class restaurant, etc, and that place will become a positive revenue stream in no time….

    Nothing but the Truth….right?

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  3. This is to all the a## holes that live in DEARBORN HEIGHTS that park there cars in the street on trash day.Thank the police dept for doing a great job NOT on putting tickets on cars and trucks.
    WELCOME TO DETROIT HEIGHTS……………………Remember its 7am to 7pm.

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  4. Sorry, Lee, but I did join a PAC and found that after a time, a couple of people were making decisions for the group unbeknownst to the rest of us, even though we had a Charter and rules. We had so few members that we couldn’t afford to do anything. As to your comment about politicians, only in a perfect world and DH is certainly not a perfect world. Most of our council belittle us behind out backs and then stupidly include us in e-mails which show exactly how they feel about us. There are so few people going to council meetings, that we that have attended in the past are considered to be a “nuisance” to the administration. We’ve done all that you mentioned but it seems that most people just want to come to these sites and complain but when it comes to actually showing up, they’re nowhere to be found. I’ve backed off attending because you are right about one thing. There is strength in numbers but there is only a few that show up.

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  5. Kathy I am so glad you are bringing the Truth Page back. It kept people informed as to what Danny Boy was doing and we really need that now. People are reading more and talking more because of you. Thanks for your words.

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  6. Take deep breaths and relax. Politicians exist to help you. That is why WE elect them, and kick them out when we want different results…….join a political city action committee and get the inside scoop…..unless DH does not care to have one……..there is strength in numbers , use the site to promote a date, then show up……..It worked for the 911 network, it can work for other issues…..

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