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Letters 05-23-2016

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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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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