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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Thank you for your article on medical marijuana

165 Baldwin Rd.

Birmingham MI 48009

December 12, 2011

Ms. Lisa Brody, Editor

Downtown Birmingham/Bloomfield Newspaper

124 W. Maple Rd.

Birmingham MI 48009

Dear Ms. Brody,

Thank you for your well researched, fact-filled article “Betrayal of Voters” about medical marijuana in the December 2011 issue. I have several friends in California and in Michigan with serious diseases or pain who have been significantly helped by using marijuana. Therefore I have a special interest in seeing how the Michigan Medical Marijuana Act of 2008 has been implemented since approved by citizens who voted overwhelmingly for it in all 83 counties of Michigan. There are not enough articles like yours showing how the people’s will has been thwarted by our county and state prosecutor and sheriff – and even by some of the municipalities who are confused and afraid of something they know little about but have been told their whole lives that marijuana is somehow “bad.”

I think eventually marijuana will be reclassified as something other than “Schedule One” (an illegal drug with no medical value) because the federal government already allows a few people to receive it from a supply it controls as experiments, and recent experience by the veteran’s administration has shown it to be useful for post tramatic stress syndrome (PTSD).

The reason why 60 plus percent of the people in Michigan voted for Proposal One in 2008 is because nearly everyone knows someone who has been debilitated by cancer or chronic disease. If this is a useful medicine, why not let the people use it responsibly? How ironic in an age when many are calling for cuts in government spending, and for health care savings. A plant that for some people works better than an expensive drug.

Thank you for your extensive research on this topic. Information like this is needed if there is ever to be a change in society.

Gail Whitty

Gail Whitty
December 13, 2011

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