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Letters 02-08-2016

Less Ageism, Please The January 4 issue of this publication proved to me that there are some sensible voices of reason in our community regarding all things “inter-generational.” I offer a word of thanks to Elizabeth Myers. I too have worked hard for what I’ve earned throughout my years in the various positions I’ve held. While I too cannot speak for each millennial, brash generalizations about a lack of work ethic don’t sit well with me...Joe Connolly, Traverse City

Now That’s an Escalation I just read the letter from Greg and his defense of the AR15. The letter started with great information but then out of nowhere his opinion went off the rails. “The government wants total gun control and then confiscation; then the elimination of all Constitutional rights.” Wait... what?! To quote the great Ron Burgundy, “Well, that escalated quickly!”

Healthy Eating and Exercise for Children Healthy foods and exercise are important for children of all ages. It is important for children because it empowers them to do their best at school and be able to do their homework and study...

Mascots and Harsh Native American Truths The letter from the Choctaw lady deserves an answer. I have had a gutful of the whining about the fate of the American Indian. The American Indians were the losers in an imperial expansion; as such, they have, overall, fared much better than a lot of such losers throughout history. Everything the lady complains about in the way of what was done by the nasty, evil Whites was being done by Indians to other Indians long before Europeans arrived...

Snyder Must Go I believe it’s time. It’s time for Governor Snyder to go. The FBI, U.S. Postal Inspection Service and the EPA Criminal Investigation Division are now investigating the Flint water crisis that poisoned thousands of people. Governor Snyder signed the legislation that established the Emergency Manager law. Since its inception it has proven to be a dismal failure...

Erosion of Public Trust Let’s look at how we’ve been experiencing global warming. Between 1979 and 2013, increases in temperature and wind speeds along with more rain-free days have combined to stretch fire seasons worldwide by 20 percent. In the U.S., the fire seasons are 78 days longer than in the 1970s...

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Kristi Kates - April 1st, 2004
A toast to The Corrs

Irish sister-brother band The Corrs will be back this spring with their first album of new songs since 2000‘s *In Blue.* Producer Olle Romo, who has played as a musician on albums by the Backstreet Boys, the Eurythmics, and Shania Twain, teamed up with The Corrs to put together the album that they‘ve dubbed *Borrowed Heaven.* The new disc will reportedly include tracks “Long Night,“ “Hideaway,“ “Baby Be Brave,“ “Confidence,“ and the title track. The album‘s first single, “Summer Sunshine,“ will be accompanied by a music video as directed by Kevin Godley; *Borrowed Heaven* is expected in May, with the single and video out later this month...

While you‘re waiting for the new Polyphonic Spree CD, you can catch them on DVD as soon as April 6th - the band of nearly two-dozen members will release a CD/DVD called *The Adventure of Listening* that will feature lots of audiovisual extras along with Spree concert footage from a 2003 Chicago show. The catch? You can only get the DVD through the group‘s website or at a Polyphonic Spree live show. But hey, that‘s not so bad - check them out online at www.thepolyphonicspree.com , or catch them live opening for David Bowie, where their stops will include Philadelphia (3/29), Toronto (4/1), Los Angeles (4/22), and New Orleans (4/30)...

Campus music network MTVU will be sponsoring The Distillers upcoming North American tour, which is set to kick off on March 25th in Chicago. The band, touring in support of their latest album, *Coral Fang,* will hit Detroit (3/26), Toronto (3/30), Boston (4/3), Atlanta (4/10), and Minneapolis (4/17) before wrapping in Santa Barbara, California on April 25th. The U.S. dates will be followed by a pair of German dates in Cologne (6/14) and Hamburg (6/16). The Icarus Line will serve as The Distillers‘ opening act for all U.S. shows...

Blink 182 have announced that they will continue with at least some of their U.S. tour dates in spite of Travis Barker‘s recent mishap in which the drummer broke his foot, causing the trio to pull out of a number of shows in Japan and Hawaii. The band played one of their scheduled dates in Australia on March 13th, but were forced to cancel subsequent Aussie dates. The band all remain in support of Barker during his healing process, and they‘ll be playing selected U.S. dates between now and when they hook up with No Doubt for their upcoming co-headlining tour, which hits the road in Indianapolis on June 1st, with stops in Camden, New Jersey (6/6), Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio (6/12), and Chicago (6/12)...

MINI BUZZ:
The Donnas will serve as reps for this summer‘s upcoming DayJams Rock and Roll Summer Camp, where eleven chosen girls will snag a new guitar and a trip to rock band camp...
Wilco will kick off a tour on April 21st in Maryland in support of their new album, *A Ghost Is Born*...
Alanis Morissette just shot a music video for her new single, “Everything,“ which precedes her new album, *So-Called Chaos,* which is due out May 18th...
Iceland‘s latest rock band The Singapore Sling have hit the studio to begin recording their next album...
Former Screaming Trees frontman Mark Lanegan, who had recently been touring with Queens of the Stone Age, will soon have a new album of his own out called *Bubblegum*...

And out this week are these new releases... ON CD: Living End drops *Modern Artillery*... Paul Oakenfold presents his *Greatest Remixes*... Chris Smither releases *Honeysuckle Dog*... and Gary Numan releases *Resonator*... ON DVD: U2‘s *Rattle and Hum*... *Switchfoot: Live in San Diego*... Bob Dylan‘s *MTV Unplugged*... and *Kelly Osbourne - Live at The Electric Ballroom*... and that‘s the buzz for this week‘s Modern Rock.

*Questions, comments, rants, raves about your fave artists or this column? Send ‘em to Kristi at expressmodernrock@hotmail.com!*

 
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