Week of 3.20.17

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Art of Fashion & Research

Seventy guests ($150 ticket) convened March 9 at Neiman Marcus for the luncheon and fashion show sponsored by the Lighthouse Group to benefit the Van Andel Institute in Grand Rapids. During the pre-luncheon champagne reception, they socialized, perused designer apparel in the third floor salons and had make-up applications by stylists from Guerlain, Trish McEvoy and Le Métier de Beauté. After lunch, two passions were on display during the presentation before the fashion show. The first was Carol Van Andel’s for the cutting edge research, collaborations and education (cancer and Parkinson’s disease) that occurs at the institute founded 20 years ago by her in-laws. She concluded her description of the initiatives and the researchers with “...I don’t have a job, I have a dream.” The second was NM style adviser Ken Dewey’s fervor for fashion. He called the show a passion play in three acts which he named Take It to the Max, The Now of the New and The Games People Play.
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oakland confidential

March 2017

MARCIA, MARCIA, MARCIA: Oakland County Commissioner Marcia Gershenson (D-Bloomfield Township, West Bloomfield) may have picked a fight with the wrong person in power when she called out county board chair Mike Gingell and vice chair Mike Spiz , both Republicans, during board swearing-in ceremonies on January 11. "She seemed determined to create dissension," said a fellow commissioner. "She ...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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