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Examine The Priorities Are you disgusted about closing schools, crumbling roads and bridges, and cuts everywhere? Investigate funding priorities of legislators. In 1985 at the request of President Reagan, Grover Norquist founded Americans for Tax Reform (ATR). For 30 years Norquist asked every federal and state candidate and incumbent to sign the pledge to vote against any increase in taxes. The cost of living has risen significantly since 1985; think houses, cars, health care, college, etc...

Make TC A Community For Children Let’s be that town that invests in children actively getting themselves to school in all of our neighborhoods. Let’s be that town that supports active, healthy, ready-to-learn children in all of our neighborhoods...

Where Are Real Christian Politicians? As a practicing Christian, I was very disappointed with the Rev. Dr. William C. Myers statements concerning the current presidential primaries (May 8). Instead of using the opportunity to share the message of Christ, he focused on Old Testament prophecies. Christ gave us a new commandment: to love one another...

Not A Great Plant Pick As outreach specialist for the Northwest Michigan Invasive Species Network and a citizen concerned about the health of our region’s natural areas, I was disappointed by the recent “Listen to the Local Experts” feature. When asked for their “best native plant pick,” three of the four garden centers referenced non-native plants including myrtle, which is incredibly invasive...

Truth About Plants Your feature, “listen to the local experts” contains an error that is not helpful for the birds and butterflies that try to live in northwest Michigan. Myrtle is not a native plant. The plant is also known as vinca and periwinkle...

Ask the Real Plant Experts This letter is written to express my serious concern about a recent “Listen To Your Local Experts” article where local nurseries suggested their favorite native plant. Three of the four suggested non-native plants and one suggested is an invasive and cause of serious damage to Michigan native plants in the woods. The article is both sad and alarming...

My Plant Picks In last week’s featured article “Listen to the Local Experts,” I was shocked at the responses from the local “experts” to the question about best native plant pick. Of the four “experts” two were completely wrong and one acknowledged that their pick, gingko tree, was from East Asia, only one responded with an excellent native plant, the serviceberry tree...

NOTE: Thank you to TC-based Eagle Eye Drone Service for the cover photo, taken high over Sixth Street in Traverse City.

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Hot tickets major festivals outside the region

Kristi Kates - July 4th, 2011
Hot Tickets Major festivals outside the region
Coachella and Bonnaroo may have already passed for this year, but never fear, music fans; there are plenty of musical destinations left both nationwide and overseas for the 2011 summer season.
So grab those extra funds that are burning a hole in your pocket, prep for those steamy summer temps with sunscreen and bottled water, and make your destination picks from our yearly preview picks list of this summer’s hottest festival tickets.

TEMPERATE TUNES
Summerfest, June 29-July 10, Milwaukee WI (www.summerfest.com)
If you’re going by the numbers, Wisconsin’s Summerfest is the biggest in the U.S., hosting hundreds of thousands of folks and a dozen stages. This year’s event will play host to live sets from another eclectic mix of performers from old-school (Meatloaf, Hall and Oates) to country-rock fusions (Sugarland, The Black Keys) to hip-hop n’ pop (Kid Cudi, Kanye West.) Bring: miniature American flags, Milwaukee Brewers sweatshirts, Pepto-Bismol tablets to combat the range of carnival foodstuffs.

JULY’S ROCKIN’ HEATWAVE:
Pitchfork Music Festival, July 15-17, Chicago IL (www.pitchforkmusicfestival.com)
The Chicago music fest that poses itself as less splashy and more edgy than the yearly Lollapalooza event (see August), Pitchfork prides itself on presenting acts that are bubbling right under the radar as well as indie faves, and this year is no exception with sets scheduled from TV on the Radio, Neko Case, Fleet Foxes, and James Blake.
Bring: your bike to take advantage of free bike parking; still cameras (no video, please), personal mini-fans to help fight that heavy Chicago heat.

Wanderlust Festival, July 28-31, Squaw Valley and North Lake Tahoe, CA (www.wanderlustfestival.com)
For those who like to balance their raucous rock n’ roll festival weekends with a little healthy balance, this four-day fest, which already completed its earlier incarnation in Vermont in June, combines music with pretty natural surroundings and… yoga. That’s right - yoga. Warm up for all that noodle-dancing with your yoga stretches, and then catch 2011’s sets by The Wailers, Jai Uttal, and Michael Franti and Spearhead. Bring: your own personal yoga mat, your regimen of vitamins to keep you up all day, and energy drinks to keep you dancing all night.

SWELTERING SONGS OF AUGUST:
Lollapalooza, August 5-7, Chicago IL (www.lollapalooza.com)
Perry Farrell’s gypsy roots have been anchored in Chicago’s Grant Park for the past several years, where the festival guru continues to preside over eight stages for 2011, playing host to heavily-attended headlining sets by Muse, Deadmau5, and Foo Fighters. One of the cool things about Lolla are all the extras, including the environmental Green Street, the upgraded food courts, and the proximity to Chicago’s downtown. Bring: plenty of sunscreen, Lolla maps (downloadable from their website), patience.

Outside Lands, August 12-14, San Francisco CA (www.sfoutsidelands.com)
Set on the beautiful grounds of Golden Gate Park, Outside Lands welcomes over 70,000 people for this three day fest, which blends in art, food, and wine alongside the musical selections. Muse will trek from Lollapalooza to San Fran to make another appearance at this event, with additional sets from the likes of The Shins, MGMT, Erykah Badu, and The Black Keys. Bring: your car-pooling pals, binoculars, layered clothing for those San Fran temperature changes.

EUROPE’S FESTIVAL FEVER:
And if you’re planning any trips overseas this summer, you might want to coordinate your travel plans with one of these terrific 2011 musical festivals, our picks for the best that hail from just a little farther away:
• Sonar, June 16-18, Barcelona Spain (www.sonar.es)
Featuring: Underworld, Tyondai Braxton (Battles), A-Trak, Atmosphere, Magnetic Man
• Roskilde, June 30-July 3, Roskilde Denmark (www.roskilde-festival.dk/)
Featuring: Arctic Monkeys, The Strokes, Desolate, PJ Harvey, Kings of Leon
• Benicassim, July 14-17, Benicassim Spain (http://fiberfib.com)
Featuring: Mumford and Sons, Brandon Flowers, Portishead, The Streets, Arcade Fire
• Fuji Rock 2011, July 29-31, Naeba Ski Resort, Niigata Japan (www.smash-uk.com/frf11/)
Featuring: Chemical Brothers, Mogwai, Kaiser Chiefs, Wilco, Incubus, Cake
• Pukkelpop Festival, August 13-14, Hasselt Belgium (www.pukkelpop.be)
Featuring: Thirty Seconds to Mars, Crystal Castles, Panic! at the Disco, The Kills, A-Trak
• V Festival, August 20-21, Chelmsford and Staffordshire, UK (www.vfestival.com)
Featuring: Duran Duran, Dizzee Rascal, The Script, Manic Street Preachers, Rihanna
 
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