Letters 10-27-2014

Paging Doctor Dan: The doctor’s promise to repeal Obamacare reminds me of the frantic restaurant owner hurrying to install an exhaust fan after the kitchen burns down. He voted 51 times to replace the ACA law; a colossal waste of money and time. It’s here to stay and he has nothing to replace it.

Evolution Is Real Science: Breathtaking inanity. That was the term used by Judge John Jones III in his elegant evisceration of creationist arguments attempting to equate it to evolutionary theory in his landmark Kitzmiller vs. Dover Board of Education decision in 2005.

U.S. No Global Police: Steven Tuttle in the October 13 issue is correct: our military, under the leadership of the President (not the Congress) is charged with protecting the country, its citizens, and its borders. It is not charged with  performing military missions in other places in the world just because they have something we want (oil), or we don’t like their form of government, or we want to force them to live by the UN or our rules.

Graffiti: Art Or Vandalism?: I walk the [Grand Traverse] Commons frequently and sometimes I include the loop up to the cistern just to go and see how the art on the cistern has evolved. Granted there is the occasional gross image or word but generally there is a flurry of color.

NMEAC Snubbed: Northern Michigan Environmental Action Council (NMEAC) is the Grand Traverse region’s oldest grassroots environmental advocacy organization. Preserving the environment through citizen action and education is our mission.

Vote, Everyone: Election Day on November 4 is fast approaching, and now is the time to make a commitment to vote. You may be getting sick of the political ads on TV, but instead, be grateful that you live in a free country with open elections. Take the time to learn about the candidates by contacting your county parties and doing research.

Do Fluoride Research: Hydrofluorosilicic acid, H2SiF6, is a byproduct from the production of fertilizer. This liquid, not environmentally safe, is scrubbed from the chimney of the fertilizer plant, put into containers, and shipped. Now it is a ‘product’ added to the public drinking water.

Meet The Homeless: As someone who volunteers for a Traverse City organization that works with homeless people, I am appalled at what is happening at the meetings regarding the homeless shelter. The people fighting this shelter need to get to know some homeless families. They have the wrong idea about who the homeless are.

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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)...

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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