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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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Foo Fightin‘ across the U.S.

Kristi Kates - January 14th, 2008
Foo Fightin’ Across the U.S.
Foo Fighters kick off their U.S. arena tour this week, and it’s already set up to keep the band on the road through early March, for starters. Touring in support of their latest (sixth) studio album, Echoes, Silence, Patience, and Grace, the Foos are making this particular trek a bigger production than ever, with two different stages and some mechanical “gags,” according to the band. The two stages will be utilized as one main stage and one acoustic stage that will be used for a handful of quieter songs; some guest musicians are also expected to appear. The Foos also recently garnered five Grammy nominations for their newest disc...
Speaking of awards, musicians Eddie Vedder and Shakira are both up for awards in the music categories for the 65th Annual Golden Globe Awards; Shakira for her song “Despedida” from the movie “Love in the Time of Cholera,” and Vedder for his original score for the film “Into the Wild” and also his song “Guaranteed” from the same film. In the Best Musical or Comedy category, this year’s nominees include Johnny Depp/Tim Burton’s “Sweeney Todd” and The Beatles-driven musical “Across the Universe,” among others...
London indie duo The Kills began recording their latest album in Los Angeles, but didn’t find the atmosphere to their liking - so they decamped for the unlikely recording locale of... Benton Harbor, Michigan, to a studio where they had previously recorded their 2005 album. The bands says that they like the fact that there are “no distractions” and that they had to invent things to do while staying in the relatively remote location. The result? Their latest set, Midnight Boom, will include songs “Tape Song,” “Hook and Line,” and “Alphabet Pony,” will be in stores in Michigan and beyond on March 18 via Domino Records...
Matt Costa’s second album, Unfamiliar Faces, just hit stores, and already Costa has planned out a tour in support of the new disc. He’s also managed to snag Jonathan Rice as opening act (Rice’s Further North album hit stores this past September) Dates on the Costa/Rice venture include stops in Chicago (2/22), Ann Arbor (2/25), Boston (2/29), Philly (3/4), Washington DC (3/5), and Hotlanta (3/8)...

MODERN ROCK LINK OF THE WEEK:
Okkervil River has uploaded a free digital collection of cover songs called the Golden Opportunities Mixtape - complete with the band’s versions of songs by the likes of Serge Gainsbourg, John Phillips, Jimmy Webb, and Randy Newman - and it’s yours for the taking at
www.okkervilriver.com...

MINI BUZZ:
But wait, there’s more awards news - in the Spoken Word Album category, that is, which this year will pit presidental hopeful Barack Obama (“The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream”) against former Presidents Bill Clinton (“Giving: How Each of Us Can Change the World”) and Jimmy Carter (“Sunday Mornings in Plains: Bringing Peace to a Changing World”)...
And there’s more presidental-slash-music news, too - the aforementioned Obama brought indie rocker Conor Oberst (Bright Eyes) along to a recent January rally; Oberst played a few tunes and said to the crowd, “I met the next President of the United States earlier today.” Other musical Obama-backers include The Cool Kids and Jeff Tweedy...
The Decemberists may have cancelled their tour this past fall due to illness, but now they’re getting back on their feet, having booked a couple of make-up shows for fans in the Northwest; they’ll take on a two-night stand at Portland, Oregon’s Crystal Ballroom (1/22 and 1/23) and will follow those shows up with two at Seattle’s Moore Theater (1/30 and 1/31)...
Underworld’s formerly scuttled tour has been rescheduled, too - they’ll kick off their new dates on January 28 in Cologne, Germany - additional shows will include stops in Amsterdam (1/30), Prague (2/9), and London (2/28 and 2/29)...
Boston band Mission of Burma are set to take the stage at Allston, Massachusetts’ Great Scott on January 20 to play a show to benefit the U.S. Campaign for Burma...
And, of all people, Skid Row singer Sebastian Bach has finally been the one to point out the emptiness of MySpace “Friend”-ship Bach points out that he has over 83,000 “Friends” on MySpace, but if they were actually friends, wouldn’t they have purchased 83,000 copies of his new album, Angel Down, by now? Good point...
And here are a few things good for your media collection; this week’s new releases... ON CD: Ringo Starr’s Liverpool 8... Get Set Go’s Sunshine, Joy and Happiness: A Tragic Tale of Death, Despair and Other Silly Nonsense... Hello, Blue Roses’ Hello, Blue Roses... British Sea Powers’ Do You Rock Like Music?... TV on the Radio’s Walking the Cow... and Eels’ Living Life... ON DVD: Celine Dion’s A New Day... David Gilmour: Music in Review... Inside The Smiths... and James Brown and BB King’s One Special Night... and that’s the buzz for this week’s Modern Rock.
Questions, comments, rants, raves, suggestions on this column or your fave musicians? Send ‘em to Kristi at modernrocker@gmail.com!
 
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