Week of 4.24.17

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JVS Trade Secrets

“And life goes on,” said Connie Holzer, honorary chair and keynote speaker at the JVS Trade Secrets fundraising dinner. (It attracted record attendance - 560 @ $150 and up – to the Troy Marriott.) Holzer’s unique business experience did not even begin until her car dealer husband of 52 years died when she was 70 years old. Although the economy was in the dumps, she mortgaged the home where she had raised six children, got concessions from their 130 employees, and rebuilt the Tom Holzer Ford dealership into the 4th ranked regionally and 10th ranked nationally. “You are never too old to begin a new life,” she concluded. Women to Work recipient Kimberly Baker, whose fairytale life crashed when her husband went to jail for tax fraud, praised Judy Richmond and the JVS computer program. She attended it on a scholarship. “And now..because of people in this room... I can feed my kids,” Baker said, apologizing for her tears. The venue provided ample space to display the event’s traditional pick-your-own-prize raffle of 62 items, the main cocktail hour diversion.
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oakland confidential

May 2017

MIDNIGHT TRAIN TO NOWHERE: A budget proposal by the Trump administration may be the final blow to plans for a regional mass transit system for southeast Michigan. A proposed Regional Transit Authority (RTA) millage failed in November 2016, when voters in Oakland and Macomb counties rejected the four-county millage, while passing in Wayne and Washtenaw counties. Deal was, it had to win in three of ...more»
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Thoughtful column

Nicole Wasson, Rochester

Thank you for David Hohendorf's thoughtful column. ...more>

From The Publisher

Marilyn Vala, Rochester Hills

I just wanted to tell you I really enjoyed David Hohendorf's editorial "From The Publisher" in the (March) Rochester/Rochester Hills issue of Downtown. ...more>

Arrogant, delusional

Andrew J. Sulich, Birmingham

I find David Hohendorf's recent (March) editorial regarding President Trump's relationship with the press as "unraveling of some basic institutions that are the underpinning of democracy…" arrogant and self delusional.  ...more>

Voice of reason

Pauline Mengebier, Bloomfield Hills

Once again David Hohendorf is the voice of concern and reason (From The Publisher). Right on. ...more>

Galvanizing the opposition

Margaret Baxter, Bloomfield Hills

Thank you for your recent From The Publisher article outlining the "alternate reality" playing out from Washington DC that has many of us questioning how our democracy can be failing so many Americans at this critical juncture in our nation's history....more>

Fourth Estate attack

Tim Kozak, Birmingham

Once again, I am writing a letter to Downtown in support of David Hohendorf's column (March). ...more>
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