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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Elvis brings out his best

Kristi Kates - May 10th, 2007
Elvis brings out his best

May means a Costello-level of cool for
Elvis Costello fans, as this week sees the release of UME’s The Best of Elvis Costello: The First 10 Years and Elvis Costello: Rock and Roll Music, two sets of Costello’s hits, album tracks, rarities, and B-sides.  Compiled by Elvis himselvis (er, sorry), the collections will include favorite Costello tracks “Radio Radio,” “Pump It Up,” “High Fidelity,” “Alison,” “Clean Money,” and, of course, “(What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace Love and Understanding.” Costello and his Imposters band will also kick off a 10-city tour that will begin on May 2...
Former Cranberries singer Dolores O’Riordan is finally back with a new solo CD, and she’ll be touring to support the album, as well.  Titled Are You Listening? - an apt question, given O’Riordan’s four-year absence from the music scene - the album is bound to strike a chord with the legions of leftover Cranberries fans, as well as new listeners who will be drawn in by her unique vocal and lyrical styles. Those same fans will be able to catch Dolores on the road in Toronto (7/7), NYC (7/10), Chicago (7/15), and L.A. (7/19), among other cities...

Lollapalooza, Coachella, Benicassim - why, exactly, do summer music festivals have such strange names? Who knows - but Seattle’s Bumbershoot is back to join the fray this year with their yearly strangely-named event, at which they’re one of the few festivals to also include other genres of art in their lineup. That’s right, in addition to live music from the likes of The Shins, Crowded House, Panic! at the Disco, Devendra Banhart, and a parasol full of other acts, you can also see contemporary dance performances, theater events, and presentations of literary arts. Bumbershoot takes place at the tail end of summer, the first weekend in September. Check out the Rest of the Fests in an upcoming Express issue, as we outline what else you can look forward to festival-wise for the summer of 2007...
The newly reformed Smashing Pumpkins - well, part of the Pumpkins, namely drummer Jimmy Chamberlin and the all-important frontman Billy Corgan (plus other bandmates TBA) - are set to put those one-off rumors to rest by embarking on an entire slate of shows this summer. Kicking off on May 22 in Paris, France, the band will take the stage for several theater shows, and will follow up that show with stops at a plethora of European summer music festivals, including Barcelona’s Primavera Sound on 5/31, Nickelsdorf’s Nova Rock Fest on 6/15, and England’s Leeds/Reading on 8/24-8/26. So far, the only stateside stops scheduled are New Jersey’s Live Earth Fest on 7/7, Baltimore’s V Festival on 8/4-8/5, and Toronto’s version of the V Fest on 9/9 - but we hear more North American dates are on the way. Oh, and did we mention there’s a new SP album to go along with all this jazz? Yup, it’s called
Zeitgeist, and you can snag a copy July 7...
Wanna see Razorlight live? Well, you’d better run at light speed for those tix, because their only U.S. summer show this year is going to be at NYC’s Gramercy Theater on May 10, with tickets available at our old friend (cough) www.ticketmaster.com...
Art-pop band Menomena will be a little easier to catch - embarking on a summer tour in support of their second album, Friend and Foe - see ’em in Sacramento, CA (6/7), L.A. (6/12), NYC (7/13), and in Chicago on 7/15 for the Pitchfork Music Festival...
Norway’s electro-smashers (and SXSW hit) Datarock are set to release their debut album, Datarock Datarock (the album so nice, they named it twice), and are playing a dozen or so U.S. shows to support, including stops in Montreal (6/3), Toronto (6/4), Chicago (6/5), and Minneapolis (6/6)...
Fellow cold-weather rockers Sigur Ros are prepping to both release a book (In a Frozen Sea, a collection of photos taken while the band was on tour) in June, and an as-yet-untitled EP in August...
The Arcade Fire’s frontman Win Butler is recovering nicely from a nasty bout of sinus surgery and the band is now expected to resume touring in a couple of weeks...
And the Shout Out Louds, jettisoned by their former label, Capitol Records, are now back in the game on Merge Records, and will drop their new Bjorn Yttling-produced album, Our Ill Wills, in September...
ON CD: The Bravery’s The Sun and the Moon...Black Rebel Motorcycle Club’s Baby 81... Hanson’s (yes, that Hanson) The Walk... Bone Thugs-N-Harmony’s Strength and Loyalty...  The Yardbirds’ The Yardbirds Story: 1963-1966... and Squeeze’s Essential Squeeze (remastered)... ON DVD:  Paul Rodgers’ Live in Glasgow... This is Tom Jones... Ultimate Critical Review: Red Hot Chili Peppers... and Michigander Madonna’s The Wild Angel... and that’s the buzz for this week’s Modern Rock.
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tions on this column or your fave musicians? 
Send ‘em to Kristi at modernrocker@gmail.com
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