Week of 8.14.17

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Meadow Brook Concert & Cuisine

More than 350 ($85 - $125 tickets) convened at Oakland University for the annual summer fundraiser for MBT - “Michigan’s answer to Broadway.” Before the food stations opened, folks lollygagged outside sipping beer and wine from the Rochester Tap Room and bid $9,000 for the silent auction items Colleen Brnabic and Maryann Foxlee had set up in the hallway. Generous local restaurants (see photo gallery) served savory fare for dining on the stroll before the theatre doors opened. Artistic director Travis Walter conducted a live auction with his trademark good humor. He got $500 from two bidders for two Dickens packages that included a walk-on role in MBT’s “A Christmas Carol”  and $900 for a Fender Squire Guitar signed by The Grass Roots Band.
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oakland confidential

August 2017

HORSE RACES: Democratic aspirations of taking a majority hold on Congress after the 2018 General Election will hinge on the party’s ability to take two dozen congressional seats, which may include upsets in Michigan’s 8th and 11th Districts, according to recent rankings of 82 districts by The New York Times. The piece split the districts into eight groups to watch, based on competitiveness ...more»
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Publisher's divisiveness

Patricia Redd, Rochester Hills

08/01/2017 - I have recently returned to Rochester Hills and thoroughly enjoy living here.  While I enjoy reading the Downtown paper, I would enjoy it more without the politicizing by the publisher.  With as polarized as this country is, it is sad a local paper feels the need to join in the divisiveness.  

Last month the praise of media was quite partial.  I recently watched a movie where a newspaper reporter was the main character.  In the newspaper office there was a sign that read: If your mother tells you she loves you, verify it.  In the current media climate this is absent.  Media today seems more interested in forming public opinion than presenting facts.  One of the most effective tools is to present only the side they support.  I have personally been at events where the "news" coverage bore no resemblance to the event.  Often they present 10 percent of the segment with the leaders of the event, usually giving a benign comment.  The remaining time is dedicated to interviewing the opposing parties that were not even at the event.  At the very least the public needs to question what they are presented, as well as do their own research.

In (his July column), Mr. Hohendorf follows this pattern.  This is clear by his comments on the Paris Accord and global warming.  He calls on Brooks Patterson to uphold the Paris Accord and ignore the negative effects on business. What he fails to add is that if everything (extremely unlikely) works perfectly, if everyone follows the accord to the letter (with no enforcement mechanism), the net difference in temperature may be .2 percent of one degree.  This would cost US taxpayers three trillion dollars, in addition to sending more jobs to China. Often the same jobs banned from the U.S.  One has to wonder if Chinese pollution is less toxic than American pollution.  I consider these significant facts that are ignored in order to sway the public. 

He also dismisses any scientist that doesn't agree with the proffered opinion by citing the DDT debate.  I noticed he didn't cite that according to these same global warming proponents, New York City was supposed to be submerged by 2015 due to melted icecaps.  I spent over seven years working at Oak Ridge National Lab supporting scientists all over the world.  Many of them are studying pollution and climate.  I can assure you that there is much more to the research than is presented to the public.  It can be argued the Paris agreement was a more political than practical event.  

He then chastises the administration for reigning in the EPA, even going so far as to state that the president and his "congressional lapdogs" may even want to eliminate it.  What he conveniently ignores is the litany of abuses in recent years with their ever growing power.  The EPA is responsible for three million gallons of toxic waste being dumped into the Colorado River, causing $1.2 billion in damage.  Yet they are not going to pay any damages because they are immune as a government agency.  If any corporation had done that there would be nothing but fire from Mr. Hohendorf's camp. 

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