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Reaume castigates a Plymouth Township resident.
JuliaHutch April 17, 2014 at 07:07 am
I nominate Bentley to have his picture put on one of those posters in the town hall.
Paul Schulz April 17, 2014 at 08:15 am
Great writing Bryan! Township residents are becoming more aware of the reckless spending beingRead More supported by the voting majority of the Board of Trustees. Those Board members are Trustee Kay "What Day Is It" Arnold, Supervisor Richard ""I Steal Election Signs" Reaume, Nancy "The inexperienced Clerk" Conzelman and Treasurer "Teflon Ron" Edwards. These elected officials are becoming a financial liability to the prosperity of the township. The solution could be a recall effort of them all. I believe it is time to bulk mail out a newsletter throughout the community to inform taxpayers of what is going on. These elected officials have lost touch with reality, spending tax dollars on frivolous projects, that will become a further burden upon the taxpayers in the years to come. These individuals are supporting projects, and pulling costs out of thin air. Thats incompetent! What is more disturbing is Supervisor Reaume being unwilling to discuss the legitimate concerns of other elected board members regarding this project openly before the public. This mirrors the same individuals trying to remove public comments from the board meetings in an attempt to silence any public input or criticism from there taxpayers. Plymouth Township cannot even afford a laddered fire truck, yet they can afford to build an un-needed new $500,000 Pavilion, and a ridiculous $500,000 amphitheater. The elected officials I mentioned here should no longer represent Plymouth Township.
Terry Webner April 17, 2014 at 09:10 am
Paul your right, we need to get the word out to the residents. This pet project is going to far.Read More Thanks to Bryan some of us know what it going on. I for one don't like it. This is our money they are playing with and for what? They just keep on going blinded by some desire to make a legacy.
Boiling April 17, 2014 at 12:28 pm
Thanks, but why would I be rude? Often I have been the brunt of Conservative attacks because IRead More believe in the little guy (see my last couple of sentence below). I’m still not convinced that there is a lot of evidence of a large number of cases of voters impersonating others to vote, despite the fact that they don’t meet eligibility requirements. I get it; surely they must be cases? I guess we would not see such fury by anti-voter/fraud groups and they would not be raging such a campaign if they could not prove it. But: look into this example of a list of 221 reported instances of voter fraud in Kansas since 1997 (to 2012). The Wichita Eagle looked into the cases; they found that almost all of the cases where honest mistakes: “a parent trying to vote for a student away at college, or signatures on mail-in ballots that didn't precisely match those on file. In one case of supposed ‘fraud,’ a confused non-citizen was asked at the motor vehicles bureau whether she wanted to fill out a voter registration form, and did so not realizing she was ineligible to vote.” Many other examples of this type of “Fraud” exist. I do not believe that voter ID laws requiring Photos is the way to fix the system. Presently we have laws on the books that would remove the deceased, and if DMV people and Clerks followed the rules, then fewer ineligible immigrants would be able to apply to register to vote. Your examples in you first post included medical facilities that bill for services, and I can hardly recall the last time I was asked for a Picture ID. I can attest to the fact that I am seldom known by the people at the medical facility. Picture ID requirements still remain the easiest method to harass voters of certain groups. The methods that are available to obtain these IDs are seldom convenient, accessible, and are sometimes cost prohibitive for some of these groups. Surely in a nation such as ours, we can come up with something better? Call me a Liberal, Progressive, or whatever you like……..Ultimately I value things on: “Does it hurt someone else, the planet, or yourself, and I value this by gauging if policy hurts the young, old, and infirm. Lack of evidence, or proof of current alleged fraud that has determined the outcome of a federal election makes me believe that these ID Laws are unnecessary. We will continue to disagree, but over a coffee, or other beverage, I bet you that we have more in common (beliefs) than some would think.
Bryan Bentley (Editor) April 17, 2014 at 01:58 pm
Here is video of a man from Project Veritas actually being able to obtain Attorney General EricRead More Holder's election ballot. If this is not a compelling reason to have photo ID to vote, I can think of no other. LOL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P5p70YbRiPw
Dale Behler April 17, 2014 at 02:03 pm
@Boiling.....Thanks for the explanation of you position on "no picture ID to vote". AsRead More you already found out, we do not agree on that issue. I see no overwhelming reason or logical argument for not requiring some type of solid ID to vote. It's a no brainer to requirement as I see it. I also value the same things you do, but with a reasonable balance for maintaining personal freedoms and a minimum intrusion in our private lives by a bureaucratic government (excessive controls and regulations). I considered myself an Independent a few years ago and voted for Bill Clinton both of his terms. But the Democrats have drifted too far left of center since then for me to buy-off on their social engineering programs and intrusion in our individual freedoms (Obamacare and gun control in particular.....and I don't own a gun or belong to the NRA). Other than that, we might very well agree on several basic beliefs after all, or at least agree to disagree with mutual respect.
Mr. Ken Crider with his wife Penny
Bryan Bentley (Editor) April 12, 2014 at 08:24 pm
Mr. Stroup, I have yet to hear you deal directly with the issue that made you, and Mr. Mitchell soRead More angry. The four pensions. Let's stick to the original question that Ken Crider asked: Can a Candidate claim to be a pro business, pro small government watchdog for the citizens when they have never worked in the private sector and that person and their spouse have 4 tax payer funded pensions? As a former leader of "some sort of Wayne 11 Republican group", are you denying that the Cox family enjoys the benefits of these taxpayer paid pensions? If not, why are you denouncing Mr. Crider for pointing out the facts? Does he not have the right to point out the differences between him and his primary opponent? I simply do not understand why the Cox campaign would try to throw a guy, a good Republican, under the bus, when they are the clear favorite in this primary, especially when it appears that he is exactly correct in his assertion. As I said in my opinion piece, a simple apology would have ended this nonsense, but now you have piqued my interest enough to actually dig deeper into this whole pension thing, and do a follow up on this suddenly interesting story. Maybe I can get some answers from the Cox campaign. Feel free to keep commenting though... LOL
Paul Schulz April 13, 2014 at 04:10 am
A wake up call for the 11th Congressional district: Over the past year I have been asked to run forRead More the 11th Congressional district by several very wealthy lifelong republican individuals who own prominent companies throughout America. They are very upset with the party. They have explained to me in detail how the republican party along with the democrat party is selling this country out, with little or no opposition. During an evening out with family and friends in Scottsdale, I struck up a conversation with these gentlemen, who also have an interest in several companies throughout Michigan. What are the chances?That is when I learned about Dave Trott running for Congress in the 11th, and there disappointment with Bentivolio. They informed me of Mr. Trott's dealings with JP Morgan, and wall street bankers, and that he was an attorney preying upon foreclosing homeowners, even the elderly, and our military vets... They already had there eyes on this candidate, which surprised me. I in casual conversation mentioned the thought of running, and representing my country as an ordinary "Joe". I had never met these men before, and shared with them my beliefs, of borders, language , and American culture. How I had seen manufacturing, tool and die shops, and its suppliers being destroyed throughout Michigan by unfair trade, and given tax breaks to ship those jobs out of this country. I shared with both of them my concerns, and the devastation it has caused our local economy. How this global view simply has made the United States the dumping ground of the world. Before they left that evening one of them pulled me aside and gave me his card. I couldn't believe who I had just shared a wonderful evening with. These guys were billionaires, at of all places an old honky tonk in the desert. After returning home to Michigan, I did my researched on Trott and found that what I was informed of was in deed true. Since then we have become good friends, and I look forward to visiting several of there facilities, that provide living wage jobs, health insurance and a retirement package for there employees. Like they stated to me, "if it were not for our dedicated, hard working employees we could have never created the successful companies we have today". I can only imagine the PAC ads they are going to run against Trott. They have encouraged me to get on the ballot and offered there support. I am pulling the petitions as a republican but if the 11th stands in my way, I run Independent... Its time the middle class have a voice to represent them. I can see the ads now, it will be brutal...
Hugh Jass April 13, 2014 at 08:56 pm
Mr. Stroup, Please stop with the condescending "allow me to correct you". I merelyRead More commented that you denied being in a position of "leadership" when your Linkedin page states something entirely different. So quit the doublespeak technicality. As far as me getting off the subject matter at hand, please introduce yourself to the kettle. You still have failed to respond to Mr. Bentley's questions. I reserve future FACTS for whenever you, Mr.Mitchell and/or Ms. Cox decide to make a public statement.
4 Time St. Baldrick's organizer Eric Bacyinski losing his locks to fight cancer.
Bryan Bentley (Editor) April 9, 2014 at 10:48 am
Well Bruce, the other side of my head has just been claimed by Plymouth's own Sandy Groth! She willRead More represent the conservatives! Thank You Sandy for the kind donation!!!
Bryan Bentley (Editor) April 10, 2014 at 05:44 pm
I would like to thank Plymouth's own, John Stewart for his generous contribution to BryanRead More Bentley-Patch Fights Cancer! As many know, John Stewart has a law office right on Main Street, and has served on the Plymouth Township Board of Trustees as well as State Representative here in Plymouth. Thanks John!!!
Debra Madonna April 10, 2014 at 07:19 pm
can't wait
Fred Hill (center) the 2014 April Fool Award Winner
Sharon Dobbs April 15, 2014 at 05:57 pm
With all due respect Mr Kramer, you evidently do not understand the honor and respect we are tryingRead More to show these veterans or you would not describe our perspective as being on the ledge of insanity. I think we are capable of keeping our 'panties' just where they should be as we defend those in our community that put their self in harms way when necessary.
Dale Behler April 15, 2014 at 06:17 pm
@Kramer....Your analysis that putting the Vietnam Veterans at the end of the parade highlights themRead More more may be a valid one. However, the whole point of the veteran's request to move them closer to the front was due to the aging process of their members and the length of time they were required to stand and wait in the heat to start marching was physically draining on them. In order to help them, maybe an alternative to moving them up in the parade would be for the organizer (Fred Hill) to arrange for them to wait inside an air conditioned building or bus near the beginning point of the parade until they started their march. I assume the politicians who march in it are probably on a tight schedule to attend several other local parades, so they put them at the front so they can finish first and move on to the next one. The vets should have top priority and consideration in this.
Hugh Jass April 16, 2014 at 08:11 am
Mr. Kramer, unfortunately the number of WWII and Korean War Veterans are decreasing every year.Read More They are well into their 80's and 90's in age, and should never be forgotten. The points being made about placing ALL Veterans' Groups in a position of prominence is the antithesis of "political posturing". And I am including the auxillary organizations of the VFW,AMVETS, American Legion, Vietnam Veterans and Disabled American Veterans (DAV). There are many women who didn't get their "panties in a bunch" but have held this country together whilst their fathers, husbands and sons have defended our nation on foreign soil. And we also have many women who have directly enrolled and served. Point is, do all of these people deserve to be recognized after the cadre of politicians and pseudo-celebrities?
This is the end result when someone makes a complaint to the government. Photo/Bryan Bentley
Dale Behler April 1, 2014 at 06:58 pm
There seem to be conflicting media reports on this matter. I read a Yahoo News account which theyRead More said was based on a WJBK-TV in Detroit report, and it said pretty much the same as the Patch article did. Now Forbes says something different. Who do you believe?
Melody Hill April 1, 2014 at 08:31 pm
Just read the ACTUAL report. Instead I see a lot of whining and conspiracy theories from peopleRead More that didn't actually investigate or check out the facts.
Paul Schulz April 4, 2014 at 04:15 am
Its shocking that we as a community will allow the feds to step into our business, but this is whatRead More is happening to our rights... This is what happens when we allow liberalism to creep into our community and school district. Conservatives have kept this community alive, through private donations when our government couldn't afford even playground swings. From the President on down we have become to politically correct, and allowed our elected officials, school superintendents, and school and municipal board members to destroy a system that was once great. We have allowed our systems of government to be infiltrated by those who support programs like common core for instance that will dumb down future generations, and all but eliminate retention of children that grew up here to consider a future, along with a family here in Plymouth... I could care less about Canton, thats already long gone... It is those liberals that have expanded our government, and its time we conservatives take this country back... Eliminate the Dept. Of Education, as well as the Dept. Of Energy, the EPA and many others that are destroying not only this community, but our entire nation.. If our school board caved to this, they might as well just move there offices out of the city of Plymouth, in fact Plymouth should break away from the canton district and create its own school district... Our communities are in decline, there is no denying it... Its time for new leadership, American leadership, with morals, values and beliefs... Patriotism, instead of communist liberals, undermining us from within... All this over a place for parents to enjoys watching there children play baseball... Very troubling...
Vietnam Service Ribbon
Christina Warren March 11, 2014 at 11:00 am
The hyperlink in the article does not work. It needs to be .org, not .0rg (the letter O versus theRead More number zero). Great information though!
Bryan Bentley (Editor) March 11, 2014 at 05:19 pm
Hi Christina, Thanks for the correction! Usually I check my links, but of course, the time that IRead More don't, well, you know. LOL Thanks for reading the Patch! :)
Salem High School Ladies Varsity Soccer Team
TAASMAN April 5, 2014 at 03:00 pm
NCS are you truly Micheal's girlfriend or the coaches little side pet. David David, thank you forRead More sharing because I am sure, based on what I have heard from prior boys who played for him, you are dead spot on. There is no place for this type of language in high school sports, Let alone any sports. A coach who swears is a non-respect man. By the end of the season he will have been forgotten, the new coach will have secured the wins, and onward on outward.
NCS April 7, 2014 at 08:49 am
You got it, TAASMAN! I'm both Michael's girlfriend AND the coach's little side pet.
micheal April 7, 2014 at 12:07 pm
Let he without sin cast the first stone. You must have missed that part TAASMAN. Why are you backRead More on here throwing stones. The change has been made, but for some reason you can't let it go. Keep throwing dirt on someone, that is very christian of you.
Relay For Life Kick Off Rally (Photo by Ken Garner)
Debra Madonna March 25, 2014 at 12:39 pm
If you haven't been part of a Relay before, try it this year. You can sign up as an individual orRead More join a team. create your own team. Walking for a cause can be just one thing that can help fight cancer. Deb Madonna, Team Miracles
Treasurer Ron Edwards
Lisa Howard March 22, 2014 at 06:47 am
Behavior unbecoming of a Republican OR a Democrat or a Person.....
Bob Doroshewitz March 22, 2014 at 08:16 am
The behavior will continue so long as others on the Board do nothing to stop it. In a sick way, itRead More is fascinating to watch someone with the rare ability to have such control the thoughts and actions of others. Votes are cast before the discussion begins, and those votes are for whatever the leader wants. Money is borrowed, rules are broken, budgets are passed, policies are made and then unmade without so much as a wisp of critical thinking or constructive criticism. Don't speak out lest you be the next target is the operating mantra. This week, Trustee Chuck Curmi revealed that there was an unfavorable audit ("material weaknesses") of our drug forfeiture fund issued by Plante-Moran over 5 months ago and sent to Twp Hall. It was buried and never made its way to the Board and was discovered only after a resident found it on a state web site. Most surprising was that there was a general nonchalance from all except Curmi. No outrage, no corrective action. No one thought it odd, strange, outrageous or offensive. It was ordinary business as usual. And that is what frightens me most.
Barbara March 22, 2014 at 08:56 am
Mr Edwards gave me an unfavorable comment years ago while paying my taxes also. He has neverRead More really been pleasant.
Kelsey Smith
Ben Vitale March 17, 2014 at 11:02 am
Taasman: You didn't read my post correctly! "Example of misuse of the Ping Function: "IRead More had my wife's cell phone pinged to make sure that she did indeed go to her mother's house in Boston." Get your reading glasses!
TAASMAN March 17, 2014 at 11:51 am
Ben, Thanks for the update. My Glasses must have been dirty. I have cleaned them and yes you areRead More right, I miss read your comment. Have a great day. !!
Donald Lee March 17, 2014 at 05:41 pm
Thoughtful criticism of legislation may be unpopular, but often add critical insight that can makeRead More bad law into good law. If set up properly, a process to quickly get access to records is not fearsome. Legislation driven by fear and emotion, where criticism is condemned and ridiculed often results in bad law. Law lasts a long time. Legislate in haste, repent at leisure.
Petty Officer Jack Fogt USN RET served aboard the USS New York (BB34)
Nancy Austin March 18, 2014 at 08:57 am
What a terrific article about the people/heroes at the VFW. I have never been there, but think itRead More must be time. I enjoy your articles very much. Thank you for today's insight.
Bruce Koldys March 18, 2014 at 09:32 am
John Stewart in the flesh??
Nancy Austin March 18, 2014 at 09:36 am
I'm betting he is talking about the local John Stewart, the attorney.
Photo By Ken Garner
Ralph Prestia March 16, 2014 at 08:58 am
K. Scott - Spoken like a true liberal.
parnell johnson March 16, 2014 at 09:08 pm
Wait a minute didn't our fine Neard push right to work and all thease jobs that was going to flyRead More into Michigan and save the day. If your going to blame the President why not blame the Govenor. Bennigan's closed,it is a shame but do not blame the place blame the owners who did not what to modernizes, but would rather run the place into the ground with corperate greed, then bail out and let the little guy fend for himself. And better yet their was no union, so you can'nt blame them.
Paul Schulz March 16, 2014 at 09:55 pm
I have to say something good about our Governor... We have a surplus, unlike the deficit we hadRead More under Jenny G... As for President Obama, under his 5 years he has created more debt than all of the U.S. Presidents combined... His stimulus into the economy has provided ZERO growth... The majority of jobs created are government, and part time, low wage jobs... His regulation is pushing more manufacturing and industrial companies offshore, and I must mention his current tax rates keep abundant amounts of corporate cash in tax havens out of this country... This President won't even allow for a pipeline to be constructed between Canada, and the U.S. that would decrease our dependence upon foreign oil, and create 10 of thousands of jobs. The only drilling boom going on is in North Dakota on private lands, because the Democrats are to blind to see that this country is dependent upon oil, and natural gas to survive. Those democrats wont allow offshore drilling, or further exploration on public lands... All these issues affect American business who are finding it harder and harder to compete... The cost of business has skyrocketed, inflation, regulation, taxes, now an inflated minimum wage, all of which are passed on to the consumer, that has less and less disposable income... To bad about Bennigans.... Hope a that land along with Steak and Ale can be redeveloped, and it doesn't become an eyesore in the meantime...
robert w forreider March 7, 2014 at 01:05 pm
the prosperous road map, for Plymouth Twp, is certainly not based on outlay of taxpayer capital onRead More PARC type and or Rec Centers, that must be financed, ie., pay as you go mindset, and whining taxpayers that want to stunt and blunt commercial growth are foolhardy, Northville will eat our lunch, with this stupid mentality..Lets attract new business and we need to be aggressive in partnering with Pure Michigan campaign, and market our light and high tech growth capacities, and using this market plan will lend itself well to a roadmap into the 21st century, regardless whom is minding the ship at the Twp offices
Paul Schulz March 7, 2014 at 01:32 pm
I encourage more residents to attend board meetings, step up to the podium, and speak out duringRead More public comments. You have that right. Let your concerns be heard publicly. Don't be afraid, be courageous. Our elected officials work for us, the taxpayers. In recent months Reaume, conzelman, and Edwards tried to eliminate public comments in an attempt to silence their critics. Yes our elected leaders tried to squash freedom of speech. How fascist.. Our elected officials actually put it to a vote, to take that right away from you. That is very troubling to me, and it should concern every resident within this community. Even former supporters of these people have seen the error of their vote, and have begun speaking out against them. If there were enough support, I would suggest a recall of Reaume, Edwards, and Conzelman. I suggest everyone read the new article in the Plymouth Eagle regarding the audit of the Township by Plante Moran, who found gross mismanagement of funds, and incorrect accounting procedures within the treasurers office. It's time the treasures office release the location of all Township funds, and the balances in each account. Several Trustees have requested this information for months, and that it be done publicly. Yet Edwards, Conzelman, and Reaume refuse to do so and will only review this information in private, with Trustees. This information should be available for all to see. Why are the hiding this information from the public? What do they have to hide? According to the article written in the Plymouth Eagle yesterday, for over a year there has been in access of 1 million dollars of funds available from forfeitures. These funds could have provided for new equipment for our fire dept, even purchase a new fire truck with a ladder that we desperately are in need of. These funds could have funded improvements throughout the township, as well, instead of borrowing more money and putting ourselves further into debt. Township residents should be very concerned about the way in which our township is being run. This is your community! Pay attention, get involved and speak out with your concerns.
Hugh Jass March 7, 2014 at 10:55 pm
Mr. Forreider, with all due respect, you posted on March 4th at 1:49 p.m. ..."right now we mustRead More demand the board grow our economy with the roadmap that the Supervisor has laid out" Ms. Hutch asked where said "roadmap" might be found. I certainly cannot find it. Please educate my whining ignorant self. You do realize that Pure Michigan is a skeletal ad campaign, carrying very little in the way of substance. Show me one non-politically motivated benefit from that program. Pure Fluff is more appropriate. Now the Township did gain state funding for filing documents stating they intended to form a cooperative for fire and safety services as well as file an additional document implying "they" were the driving force behind the PARC project. I guess that might be part of the "roadmap". Budding entrepreneurs have a better chance with Kickstarters and/or startgarden.com, the latter founded by the DeVos family. Any new company takes an enormous risk in developing and implementing a business plan. That is not a great revelation. Mind you, I am not "whining", only stating facts. As a businessman, I was not led to believe from day one that this current administration wished to form any "partnership", and there are other residents who share this sentiment. It isn't Northville who will "eat our lunch". It is any community leader who will forsake short term gains for potential long term benefits, nurture and foster diversification of businesses, and not talk down to any prospective businessperson when the politicians have never built a successful business and cannot grasp the simplest of today's competitive climate. I am not going "berserk" in the affairs of the township board. Just wanting accountability, transparency, leadership, clear vision and respect for the rights of every taxpayer of Plymouth Township. Again, wish I had your time and patience.
TAASMAN February 27, 2014 at 12:46 pm
There is a reason Canton is one of the best places to live and raise your family. 35 plus yearsRead More living here and the government continues to run like a fine oiled machine. It is called respect of your fellow trustees and respect for the job you were hired to do. While trustees may have a difference of opinion, when a decision is made and the vote is counted, that decision is supported 100% by all.
Juliana D'Amico February 24, 2014 at 04:52 pm
can someone that doesn't have a Viet Veteran in their family get involved in the activities of theRead More Viet Veterans of America ...........at this post in Plymouth ? I am in the same age group as the Viet Vets. Juliana AKA Julie email..........Juliana1217@aol.com
Juliana D'Amico February 24, 2014 at 04:53 pm
Are the fish fries open to the public ? I know people who love to go to Friday night Fish Fries.
Bryan Bentley (Editor) February 24, 2014 at 06:38 pm
first things first. Thank you for your service to our nation Mr. Cooper. There will be many moreRead More events coming down the line, and you can hear about them right here at Patch. Thank you for your comments as well Juliana, and as for the Fish Fry, yes it is open to the public. I will have the details posted sometime tomorrow. As for getting involved in activities, I will forward your contact info to the the gentleman who can properly answer your question. Thanks again everybody for all the comments! Bryan :)
Clerk Nancy Conzelman
Susan Bondie February 22, 2014 at 04:04 pm
Plymouth Twp. NEVER, and I don't use that word lightly, NEVER had an official representative on theRead More PARC project, NEVER wanted one, and NEVER intended to be part of the PARC project. There was no doubt that Reaume, Edwards, Conzelman, and their "rubber stamp of approval" Kay Arnold NEVER planned to participate in the PARC project.
Irene Grandville February 22, 2014 at 04:17 pm
The way the top three elected Plymouth Twp. officials perpetrated this fraud on both the State andRead More on the residents of Plymouth is just one more example of the fraudulent schemes they have planned and successfully executed over the years. Take a closer look at the DeHoCo property purchase, the election lies and schemes, the taxpayer property tax payments that get "lost". Their attorney has become a master at finding loopholes in contracts and the system.
John Stewart February 24, 2014 at 11:21 am
I am very appreciative of the comments of Susan Bondie and Irene Grandville. It is gratifying, toRead More me, that a great number of people are starting to become aware of what these elected officials are really like. As I told Don Soenen, "Welcome to my world."