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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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Ross Boissoneau - August 25th, 2005
Carole King - The Living Room Tour - Rodkingale/Concord/Hear
It’s too late? Apparently not. How else to explain the continuing appeal of the woman who personified the singer/songwriter with “I Feel The Earth Move,” “Tapestry,” “You’ve Got A Friend” and so many other songs in the 60s and 70s? On this live 2-CD set, King revisits a number of her hits, supported by her piano, occasional guitar and bass, and on “Where You Lead I Will Follow” by daughter Louise Goffin. Sometimes her voice gets a bit ragged, as on “Jazzman,” and sometimes you miss a full band, as on “Smackwater Jack.” But then, the premise of the album is as the title suggests, an intimate acoustic performance for friends. And in that it’s inordinately successful.

Jim Brickman - Grace - Windham Hill
Popular pianist Brickman enlists a couple ringers, er, singers, in this set of sacred music. Ginny Owens and Brickman breathe some new life into “Amazing Grace,” while the string section Brickman uses makes “Crown Him With Many Crowns” a joy. “Ave Maria” is typically overwrought, while Brickman gives “How Great Thou Art” a grace it hardly deserves, and “Joyful” is an expressive take on “Ode to Joy.” However, it’s probably the concluding “Hear Me (Tears Into Wine)” that will make fans stand up and take notice, what with Michael Bolton proving yet again that, love him or hate him, when it comes to soaring MOR ballads, he’s the king of the hill. With its high points and clinkers, instrumentals and vocals, “Grace” is pretty much all over the place.

Fripp & Eno - The Equatorial Stars - Opal
Here it is 30 years later and we’ve finally got the follow-up to “No Pussyfooting” and “Evening Star,” the groundbreaking electronic ambient explorations by King Crimson guitarist Robert Fripp and ex-Roxy Music keyboardist Brian Eno. They’ve obviously had plenty of time to perfect their tape looping and frippertronics, and it’s all on display in these seven soundscapes. The program falls somewhere between those two earlier recordings, with much
of the beauty of “Evening Star” intact, yet with some of the edge of “No Pussyfooting.” The latter is most apparent on “Lupus” where scratchy drones give way to slow-moving washes and gentle glissandos. The sounds range from nearly-recognizable guitars to bells and violins, all produced by the two sonic pioneers.

Various Artists - Visions of An Inner Mounting Apocalypse - Tone Center
This tribute to the Mahavishnu Orchestra brings together a who’s who of fusion guitarists paying homage to John McGlaughlin and one of the seminal bands of the genre. Steve Lukather of Toto opens with a blazing “Birds of Fire,” the title track from Mahavishnu’s second album, and things only get hotter from there with Mike Stern, Steve Morse, Frank Gambale, Greg Howe, and others. They’re supported by an ultra-tight band of Vinnie Colaiuta on drums, Kai Eckhardt on bass, Mitchell Forman on keyboards, project coordinator Jeff Richman on guitar, even original Mahavishnu violinist Jerry Goodman on a few tracks. Anyone who was into the fusion scene of the ‘70s and ‘80s will enjoy this bracing set. This is just one of four such projects from Tone Center, the others featuring the music of Miles Davis, John Coltrane, and Weather Report.
 
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